Last week I had the privilege of sitting under the teaching of incredibly gifted speakers at the 2008 Together for the Gospel (T4G) Conference in Louisville, KY. Each speaker stayed true the title of the event: they joyfully proclaimed the common ground that all believers share in the gospel and gave a delicious foretaste of the oneness that all Christians can find in the love of Jesus Christ.The speakers’ inspiring messages covered a wide spectrum of gospel-grounded topics related to core doctrines of the faith, racial reconciliation, radical Christian sacrifice, and sustaining the pastor’s soul. All of these messages are available for free online at http://www.t4g.org/08/media/ (just right click on “Download” after each talk and indicate where you want to save the file on your computer). If I had to put the talks in order, I’d suggest starting with John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile, and C.J. Mahaney. Then be sure to enjoy Ligon Duncan, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, and Albert Mohler as well. Every talk is worth listening to.
As good as the messages were, what most of us enjoyed even more was the love and mutual respect the speakers showed for one another in the panel discussions that followed each keynote. Seeing men from such a wide range of denominational and theological perspectives deferring to and humbly affirming one another as they discussed the practical applications of the gospel, gave us all a foretaste of the unity we anticipate one day in heaven.
I also enjoyed many wonderful times of fellowship (read “meals”) with many pastors who have partnered with us for years. Another highlight of the conference was the countless conversations I had with people who just walked up to me and briefly mentioned how much our ministry has changed their lives or how much their people are enjoying going through our materials for churches. I lost track of the number of times people said, “If it were not for your training, my marriage/church/ministry would not have survived.” Of course we all know it was God’s grace inspiring and working through our materials that made the difference. But it was an enormous encouragement to be reminded of how God continues to work through PM to help people love and live out the gospel more fully.
Please bless your soul by taking advantage of the free downloads of these messages, which illustrate the wonderful togetherness we all have in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.