I was privileged to attend Together for the Gospel last week in Louisville, KY (and even wrote an update after Day 1). If you don’t know, this is an every other year gathering of pastors in the evangelical stream. We come together from different denominations but are united by one message: the good news that sinners can be right with God because of Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, died and rose again, reigning today from heaven. This year’s conference theme was taken from Romans 1:16 and how we should be unashamed in the Gospel. Here’s how the messages shook down:
Mark Dever: The Certain Victory of Christ’s Church an Encouragement to Evangelism
Thabiti Anyabwile: The Happiness of Heaven in the Repentance of Sinners
Al Mohler: The Open Door is the Only Door, the Singularity of the Gospel in a Pluralistic Age
Kevin DeYoung: Never Spoke A Man Like This Before: Innerancy, Evangelism and Christ’s Unbreakable Bible
David Platt: Relenting Wrath: The Role of Desperate Prayer in the Mystery of Divine Providence
Matt Chandler: Christ Is All
Ligon Duncan: The Gospel By Numbers
John MacArthur: Mass Defection: The Great Physician Confronts The Pathology of Counterfeit Faith
John Piper: Persuading, Pleading and Predestination: Human Means in the Miracle of Conversion
(All of these sermons are available for audio or video download, so enjoy!)
These men are my heroes. To a man, they have served faithfully and marked me through their service in the Word. So, when I get a chance to hear them live at one conference, it’s like the All-Star Game. But, God used these sermons in many ways to cement and solidify my heart in Gospel reality.
On top of this benefit, I was able to attend with brothers in Christ who love Christ and me. They asked hard questions, pressed for fellowship and provoked me to good deeds. We drive intentionally (12 hours) to have plenty of windshield time to dream, discuss and have unhurried time with one another.
So, I’m grateful for this opportunity. It was a great week. I’m still digging out from being gone, but found it to be a rich time.