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Thoughts on T4G 2012 April 14, 2012

Posted by pastorsbc1303 in Uncategorized.
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This past week I had the blessing of attending Together for the Gospel (T4G) in Louisville, KY.  It was my second time being able to attend this conference and it was just simply amazing once again.  I wanted to take a few moments to get my thoughts down on what a blessing this event was to me and I am sure many others.

The theme was “The Underestimated Gospel.”  One of the new features of this years event was the testimonies.  Several people got up to share about their conversion experience and how we should never underestimate the gospel.  It is the power to save for everyone from those who seem to be the farthest away from Christ to the young people who grow up in homes who attend church every time the doors were open.

One of the things that impacted me the most during the week was the powerful singing.  Bob Kauflin led us in these times and there is just something special about hearing an arena full of 8,000+ (mainly men) singing these songs about the gospel.  It brings goosebumps to my arms just thinking back to it.  Here is a small sample of what it was like:

Another great blessing of the week is the fellowship you get to enjoy with other people.  I was able to attend the conference with two pastor friends of mine.  The time together in the truck traveling to and from the conference was a good time of bonding, as well as the time together at the conference during the week.  There were a lot of memories made that I am sure will be talked about for years to come.  Also there is the opportunity to run into old friends that you have not seen for awhile.  I got to talk to several friends I knew from seminary.  Then you get the opportunity to meet new friends.  One of the other new features to this years conference was the meal plan.  You could choose to purchase meals at the conference location in this huge room filled with tables and chairs as far as you could see.  This provided a great time to meet new people and learn about their stories.  One of the men I met at our table this week was preparing to start a DMin in preaching from Southern Seminary so that naturally led to a great conversation.

On top of it all by far the best part of the week was the preaching we had the privilege of hearing.   Guys like C.J. Mahaney, Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, Thabiti Anyabwile  and Kevin DeYoung brought great messages.  But in my opinion the three best messages of the conference were given by David Platt, Matt Chandler, and John Piper.  You can find the audio and video of all the messages on the main T4G website.  I would encourage you to invest the time in all the messages there as they will feed your soul.

Here is the message that David Platt preached which was tweeted by John Piper as perhaps the greatest message he has ever heard on missions.   It was a grand slam on all accounts!

It was just a great week all together which was desperately needed.   As a pastor you do not realize at times how easy it is to get the tank on empty.  My tank was on empty when I left for the conference, but it returned extra full.   I truly appreciate the work of Mark Dever, Al Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, and Ligon Duncan do to put this event on, and I am already looking forward to the next conference in 2014!

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