The Basics conference of 2018 has ended. This year’s conference took place May 7-9, at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. HERE IS A LINK TO ALL OF THE SESSIONS. I have not watched it all but I respect Alistair Begg enough to post the full conference.
The conference “aims to encourage and equip pastors to do the basics of Christian ministry well (most of the time). Given the unique responsibilities and challenges of life in ministry, we also hope that God might use the conference to refresh pastors and send them back to their home churches renewed for further Gospel work.”
As a layperson and former “minister of religion,” I found the parts of the conference that I watched helpful not only for those in pastoral ministry. After all, each Christian is given the great commission and the wisdom of these pastors may assist you in your walk with God and your efforts to assist others.
If you find something in any of the sessions that you would like to discuss, I would be happy to have that discussion as time allows.
The Q and A sessions are always interesting and this one is no exception. (It starts at just after the 15 minute mark.)
A Sermon (No. 1) delivered on January 7th, 1855 by C. H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.
“I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”—Malachi 3:6
It has been said by some one that “the proper study of mankind is man.” I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father. There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.” But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought, that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with the solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday, and know nothing.” No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.
I love my Romanian brothers and sisters. I would like to thank Irina Rimes for sharing this with me.
I would like to thank my friend Kiki Shalom for sending this to me via Facebook. Kiki had a difficult year in 2017. He was forced out of his own African country because of war and the money that he did have was stolen by thieves. He spent the last part of the year as a refugee in a neighboring country. He is a devoted Christian and he often sends inspirational things like this to encourage others. He was very sad that he had to leave his home and he was very honest about his feelings on Facebook. He found himself helping others in his new “home.” His reliance on God’s Word is a wonderful example. If you can find him on Facebook, you will see him share some of the struggle he had this year. You can also see wonderful Christians encouraging him as he has so encouraged others.
Important note: Since posting this, I have learned that Kiki is back in his home country of Burundi. He seems much happier.
My blogging friend, Maria, of “The Pilgrim’s Progress Revisited..” blog posted this yesterday. I think it is a very good presentation of the Gospel message. I think Lee Poskey is from the Southern U.S. I have lived here for 20+ years and am thankful that God brought me here. Anyway, this message is solid as it is based solely on God’s Word.
Until the link at the bottom is changed, please click on “THE GOSPEL” at the top of this blog to see this video.