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
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)
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
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