Last week I attended a conference called Together for the Gospel (T4G) in Louisville, Kentucky. This has become a biennial elders’ retreat of sorts and has become a great encouragement to my soul. I am so grateful for volunteer lay elders who take their role in the church seriously enough to take time off work to attend this conference. They appreciate good preaching and it ends up being a great time to connect with each other and hash through some doctrine and practice of the church.
The amazing nature of this conference is that speakers from a variety of denominations: Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, Reformed Church of America, Reformed Baptist, Independent Baptist, and likely others I am leaving out, come together to preach hope and encouragement to pastors. The number one take away every year is the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are a whole host of disagreements among the variety of preachers and leaders and those differences are often frankly discussed during the panel discussions. But in the end, there is one thing that unites them all, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ
I have been watching the speakers over again with Linda since I got home and we have both been deeply encouraged by the messages. I would recommend all of the sessions to you, and you can find them here. If you only have time for a couple of them (bummer), watch Kevin DeYoung on the Word of God and David Platt on Prayer. Both of them were powerful messages that will stick with me for at least another two years . . .