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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Focus Conference 2009-Day 1


What a great first day of the Focus Conference. Lifeway's Ridgecrest Conference Center is a perfect place to meet and the people have been more than helpful. So far we have had great times of worship through song and sessions from Rick Holland and Peter Hubbard. We also had a Shane and Shane Concert, which was an amazing time of music that exalted Christ.

The First Session

The first session Rick Holland preached a message entitled Sinners In The Pierced Hands Of An Angry God. He used Jonathan Edwards famous message as a bridge to his messege today. Romans 5:6-11 was today's text. After an introduction of some background on Edward's famous message, Pastor Rick asked this question-What is so great about the Gospel?

He gave us five reasons why the Gospel is Great.

1. The Gospel satisfies the greatest need. (v.6)
2. The Gospel demonstrates the greatest love. (v.7-8
"The Cross is Amazing. Are you Amazed?"
3. The Gospel extinguishes the greatest threat. (v.9)
We are saved from the wrath of God.
4. The Gospel mediates the greatest conflict. (v. 10)
It is between us and God.
5. The Gospel provokes the greatest response. (v. 11)
exult-overwhelming emotion

"And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Many are daily coming from the east, west, north and south; many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in, are now in a happy state, with their hearts filled with love to him who has loved them, and washed them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day! To see so many others feasting, while you are pining and perishing! To see so many rejoicing and singing for joy of heart, while you have cause to mourn for sorrow of heart, and howl for vexation of spirit! How can you rest one moment in such a condition? Are not your souls as precious as the souls of the people atSuffield, where they are flocking from day to day to Christ?" Jonathan Edwards-Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

The Second Session

The second session Peter Hubbard preached on Funneling Glory. Using Proverbs 25:27 as his text. In his introduction he talked about the All About Me syndrome! He showed a comedians video as an example of this problem.



What is glory? Hebrew word meaning heaviness, weightiness, and significant
Romans 1:18-23
How do we stop funneling glory?
1. Open your heart to the gospel 1 Cor. 1:26-31
2. Open your eyes to God's glory Ps. 19:1; 1 Cor. 10:31
3. Open your mouth to speak grace Eph 4:29

Shane and Shane Concert


1 comment:

Byron Hill said...

Matt,

Glad to read that you enjoyed your recent stay at Ridgecrest. We hope to see back again soon.

Blessings,

Byron Hill
Executive Director, LifeWay Conference Centers