To live is Christ, to die is gain

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I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service.I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy.He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]

UK Ligoner conference with Steve Lawson

Later this week in the UK, Ligonier Ministries, the teaching fellowship of Dr. R.C. Sproul, will be holding two free one-day conferences entitled "Preaching with Power and Precision" with Dr. Steven Lawson, pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church and a Ligonier Teaching Fellow.Dr. Lawson will be teaching on the importance and power of expository preaching, and how to better equip leaders and laity to place first importance on biblical preaching. Here is what Dr. Lawson has to say about this … [Read more...]

Videos from Desiring God Pastors Conference

All of the videos of the talks at the recent Desiring God Conference for Pastors are now up online together with the audio and a songlist. I thought I would share the video from Tope's and the Q and A here, but the rest of them are all well worth viewing too. The event as a whole will have major reverberations in the lives of hundreds of pastors and their churches. Please pray for wisdom for everybody that was there to know how to implement what they learnt. Whether you are a pastor or not, I … [Read more...]

Mack Stiles – Supernatural Missions

My notes from the Mission talk here at the DGM Pastors Conference. We affirm the power of the gospel and the call of God to make disciples of all nations.The world can be turned upside down by a few people, with a little funding, and biblical strategy.In missions we must not move from the supernatural to the professional.Gospel primacy. Our lives must line up with the gospel. Teach your people to be confident about the gospel.Gospel purity. Cultural context doesn't trump the eternal … [Read more...]

Darrin Patrick – The Work of an Evangelist

We are told to be humble but confident. We are told of the sovereignty of God, and our responsibility. We are to do the work of an evangelist but Jesus saves.How can we possibly help dead people become alive? We can't but Jesus can.We have come up with many ways to do evangelism.1. Attractionalism 2. Legalism 3. Individualism 4. Culturalism 5. RelationalismHow are we meant to do this thing? Acts 16.1. Appropriately contextualise. Not over- or under- contextualisation.2. … [Read more...]

John Piper on George Herbert

Surgeons can do their works without words. Pastors can't. But the great aims of our work are not decisively brought about by our word but by God.But the way we use words matters. The content clarity and spirit in which we use words are critical.George Herbert emphasised the poetic nature of much of God's communication in the Bible.Paul planted. Apollos watered. God gave the growth. The way you plant and water makes a difference.Herbert chose preaching in a small church rather than an … [Read more...]

Tope Koleoso on Sovereign grace, spiritual gifts and the pastor

The shepherd has to know who to handle the sovereign grace of God and spiritual gifts.It can be done. It should be done. It must be done. These are not optional.Tope explained he is standing on the shoulders of men like Terry Virgo, Jack Hayford and John Piper.Why would anyone be hesitant, cautious, resistant to the Holy Spirit? It comes down to fear.I am careful not to despise prophecy but I do recognise nonsense. Sometimes people in the name of the Holy Spirit are hurtful, … [Read more...]

Jason Meyer on succeeding John Piper as pastor

Here are my notes on Jason Meyer's talk entitled "Pastoral Transition after a 32 year ministry."Beware of copying strategy. Strategy and supernatural are not opposed to each other. We can use chariots and horses but we must not trust in them.Paul came in weakness fear and trembling which would not get him good marks in a preaching class!Gods thoughts are not our thoughts. We must trust him with all our hearts.When asked by Piper if he was interested in taking on this role he said … [Read more...]

Liberating ministry from the success syndrome – Kent Hughes

Here are my notes from tonight's talk at the DGM pastors conference.You don't need to be extraordinary to be in ministry just called.Can a man be a success in the ministry and pastor a small church?What is failure in the ministry?What is success in the ministry?Secular thinking puts a number on everything.1. No place in the Bible where God's servants are called to be successful but rather faithful. You can be hugely successful in ministry and be a huge failure in Gods eyes. … [Read more...]

Preach and pray, love and stay – Mark Dever

Here are a few notes from the pre conference session which just ended entitled "The disciple making pastor" by Mark DeverMatt 28 & 1 Peter 5Jesus is The Senior Pastor Like Jesus a good pastor lays down his life for his sheep. How should pastors do this?1. Preach Making disciples doesn't only happen one to one. Many churches are orthodox on paper and dead in practice. We must give ourselves to preaching and not programs. The heart of your ministry is your private study.2. Pray Show … [Read more...]


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