I’m privileged to attend the 2014 Together For The Gospel conference. This is a conference I’ve attended since its inception in 2006, so this is my fifth time attending (it’s held every other year). This year, I’m attending with one of our elders, a friend our church supports in India and another friend in ministry from St. Louis.
We began our journey on Sunday and finally arrived late Monday. We grabbed supper with another couple our church supports to check in on their ministry. We took in a pre-conference called Band of Bloggers. This conference included some rock star bloggers from my neck of the evangelical world and discussed how platform building relates to the Gospel.
The afternoon session began with Mark Dever introducing the conference theme (Being Unashamed of the Gospel) and encouraging us through Isaiah 36-37, that God won’t abandon us in the amazing task of making His fame known to others. Thabiti Anyabwile continued our afternoon session by helping us see how heaven rejoices in the news of repenting sinners from Luke 15. Our evening session was Albert Mohler holding relentless to the exclusivity of Christ, specifically in Acts 4.
Some other highlights included seeing old friends. Gatherings like this assemble some of my best friends in ministry. So being able to connect with them and make new friends is a tremendous encouragement. The singing (7000 mostly MEN!) of songs old and new is always a highlight. One song that stuck out to me last night was All Creatures Of Our God and King. There were two new verses introduced for that song: