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I preached this sermon last Sunday, friends, at our church. I began with the great quote from G.K. Chesterton who said, “”The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.” We who follow Jesus certainly need to focus on the good things God has given us. But there are some negatives which we need to practice!
I believe the Lord has given me a vision! (Someone say “Hallelujah!” Just kidding). Okay. I don’t know what the graphic on the right is supposed to represent. Is it the hand of God? Is He wearing a Brooks Brothers suit? Why is He taking the “O” out of VISION? I don’t know.
Anyway. I have a vision for local church, weekend conferences on, are you sitting down, the doctrines of the Christian faith! I’ve even created my own logo. Here it is (see below).
I firmly believe that we Christians don’t talk enough about our “faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Here’s my idea:
My Proposal: I would like to propose that you and your church might consider hosting a “Theology Matters” Conference! It could take the following form:
1. A local church or assembly hosts a weekend conference, inviting other local Evangelical churches/assemblies to participate.
2. A particular theme could be chosen for the weekend. Recently I’ve done conferences on the topics of “When Temptation Strikes” and “Doctrine Matters.” A couple of weeks ago I spoke at Emmaus Bible College’s “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference and the theme was “Revolutionary Orthodoxy.”
3. The costs to attend such a conference can be kept low, although people often appreciate what they pay a bit for. It is my opinion that we need to provide solid teaching for serious Christians, rather than always try to appeal to all.
4. A book table would be an important source for such serious Christians to continue their pursuit of the things of God.
My Passion: Having grown up in the Assemblies, I have been privileged to preach His Word and teach the practical doctrines of biblical faith for over 40 years. Educationally, I have my BA from Northeastern Bible College, my M.Div. from Biblical Seminary (where I studied under Mr. Tom Taylor), and my Ph.D. from Drew University (my dissertation was on John Darby’s doctrine of the Holy Spirit). By God’s grace, I have written several books: DocTALK (a survey of all ten areas of Christian faith); DocWALK (how do we apply these truths to everyday life?); The Other Side of the Good News: Confronting Contemporary Challenges to Jesus’ Teaching on Hell; Heaven: Thinking Now about Forever; When Temptation Strikes: Gaining Victory Over Sin; Whatever Happened to Heresy?; Farewell, Rob Bell; and Saved: Rescued from God, by God, and for God (forthcoming). A wide range of doctrinal topics is available for consideration.
My Vision: Such a weekend conference could take the following form:
Friday night full session, Saturday morning full session, Saturday lunch for those who have read ____ (a key book could be chosen to discuss over lunch), Saturday evening full session, Sunday Sunday School full session, Family Bible Hour full session. Total of five full sessions.
Interested? I’d love to talk with you about the possibility of hosting a “Theology Matters” conference in your church. Call me at: 803-201-9745.
A QUICK ADDITION TO TODAY:
This is from Ann Voskamp’s aholyexperience.com post today. You must read it. It is entitled “How to Focus in an Age of Distraction.”
How good it was to get to know this group of Jesus followers! We had some great discussion — and we helped to decimate the crawfish population! Here’s a picture of me eating crawfish for the first time in my life! What a feast!
I will post my last sermon of the weekend below. You might find it helpful. For some reason, the sermon doesn’t start until 1 minute and 4 seconds into the file, so please be patient.
Again, a great time with the believers in Lafayette!
Here’s the sermon: