Thursday, April 27, 2006

TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL!

I must apologize for the irregularity of this week's blog, but is the result of travel and conference life. Having said that, I must share with you the power that is the "Together for the Gospel" conference. In this setting there are speakers such as John Piper, John Macarthur, Al Mohler, R.C. Sproul, Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, and Ligon Duncan. That alone is a powerful event, as in this conference there are , in my opinion the greatest minds of the church today. These brothers are our church fathers.

But the most powerful thing about the conference is the reason they are all drawn together, and that is the Gospel. All of them recognize that in evangelicalism today there is a lack of gospel clarity and understanding. They recognize that people are often listening each Sunday to nothing more than a self help message designed to make them more focused on their own self sufficiency. What these brothers recognize is that the church is in a time of danger and crisis, and that danger and crisis is in the pulpits of many of the churches in America. From the health and wealth heresy, to the emergent attack on the sufficiency of Scripture to the feminist agenda that demands equal time in the role of teacher and preacher, the church is under assault!

What I appreciate the most is the solution they, to a man, have come to. The solution for combating these major dangers is in the expository preaching and teaching of the Word of God. They believe that this is how true reformation takes place in a church, through Gods Word being proclaimed and exposited week in and week out. It is a breath of fresh air in an evangelical culture that has clouded the church with the smog of self and doubt.

So be encouraged, there are great minds at work and a few thousand pastors sitting under their teaching and preaching excited to carry on the great work of expository preaching and teaching Gods Word. After all this has consistently been the power of the church and the means by which God uses to effect His church for His glory! I pray that you find yourself each week in such a church as that.

blog you later,
pastor tom