Category Archives: T4G 2012

John Piper’s T4G 2012 Message

Glory, Majesty, Dominion, and Authority Keep Us Safe for Everlasting Joy: Reflections on God’s Keeping Power through 32 Years of Ministry

(Audio of this message can be found HERE. Video of this message can be found HERE.)

Jude 1:24-25

This message has two parts.

This first part I want draw you in amazement that I am still a Christian and hope you will be amazed that you are still a Christian.

The second part is how that came about.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24, 25)

Part 1

I complete this year 60 years of being a Christian, 32 years of pastoral ministry, 44 years of marriage, and 40 years of being a father.

I am amazed that I have lasted this long. To help you understand this I want to read an excerpt from my journal in 1986 when I was 40 years old and been at the church for 6 years. Continue reading

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T4G Panel – Celebrity Pastor: Indecent Exposure?

(Audio of the panel can be found HERE.)

What do we mean by celebrity pastors?

Trueman: Western culture is a celebrity culture. Knowing that our society is this way means that we need to be careful about how we present leaders in the church. What concerns me is that at the school that I teach students say the most influential pastors in their lives are not pastors they know and they are all aspiring to be these pastors with big churches. I wonder if this is why there is such a burnout rate among pastors. Big name pastors need to be careful of promoting themselves. Also it seems this does not seem to encourage faithfulness as much as worldly success. Paul says to find ordinary guys who preach the gospel.

Anyabwile: I agree with Carl’s concerns. I reacted online because there is also a need to appreciate men who are faithful and worthy of double honor. We need to bring a distinction between celebrity and notoriety.

Duncan: Certain media or platforms can project these kind of celebrity responses.

Anyabwile: We live in a day where anyone can make things public and viral. We also have a public that needs to be discerning about how we show appreciation. There are various levels of responsibility. Continue reading

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Matt Chandler’s T4G 2012 Message

(Audio of this message can be found HERE. Video of this message can be found HERE.)

The Fulfillment of the Gospel

Revelation 21 & 22

Two years ago I was told I would probably be dead from cancer and should not be here today. He has been good that I’m here today but he is good whether I live or die. He is good because he is God.

Some are here today undone and not sure how you are going to make it and you have had a list of people you want God to kill.

But has not God been good to you in this conference to remind you about how good God is. Don’t be too much of a shepherd that you do not get shepherded.

As pastors we have a front row seat of watching God bring people out of darkness and into the light. We get to see the spectacular work of regeneration.

And at the exact same time we get to see the tragedies of a fallen world. We walk into hospital rooms and do funerals and weep with our people. We have tragedies and weighty weeks.

We have front row seats to the brokenness of a fallen world.

It is unbelievably important to have an anchor of hope for your soul. Continue reading

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T4G 2012 Panel – Inerrancy: Did God Really Say?

(Listen to the audio of this panel HERE.)

Al Mohler read the affirmations and denials of T4G on inerrancy

John did you see inerrancy lost in your seminary at Fuller?

Piper: No. It happened while I was in Germany.

Simon, is this just a reformation thing?

Gathercole: No. We see inerrancy taught in Augustine very clearly.

Is there a unified thought in Christian history on inerrancy?

Duncan: Yes. I appreciate the honesty of some recent authors who even argued against inerrancy, but they at least agreed that Christians have always believed this in history.

Peter what do you believe about the bible?

Williams: I want to add more than inerrant and inspired and authoritative. Words like historical and clear. Continue reading

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Ligon Duncan’s T4G 2012 Message

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The Underestimated God: God’s Ruthless, Compassionate, Grace in the Pursuit of His Own Glory and His Ministers’ Joy

I want to bring special encouragement for those here who are struggling. We sometimes think the crushing darkness will not come but then it comes.

God wants us to study our disappointments because we will learn what we really love and believe when the bottom falls out.

In our disappointments we forget God is God and that God is good. We are tempted to succumb to idolatry. We think a greater treasure has been taken from us then what God can give us.

You do not want to be in 1 Kings 19 in your ministry. You want to be in 1 Kings 18 at Mount Carmel.

1 Kings 19

What are your greatest losses in life? What are your hopes and treasures that you have never gotten or were taken away. Continue reading

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T4G Panel – Contextualization: Lost In Translation?

(Audio of the panel can be found HERE.)

Matt how do people do Contextualization in Dallas?

Chandler: There are churches who say that just because of _____ this does not make you a Christian.

Kevin how are you doing at Contextualization in your church?

Deyoung: We are not known for that. I’m sure we do something even if we are not really thinking about Contextualization. But I hope we are talking to people and loving people and listening to them. I am more concerned with learning my people more than learning the culture. Every time I do illustrations it is contextualization though.

How about you Thabiti?

Anyabwile: Well what does the word mean? I study to be as plain as I can because there are 30 nationalities in our church.

Chandler: I think that is Contextualization. My style and dress are at least what is meant by Contextualization but it can mean more.

Anyabwile: I think that is just communication. We need to know our audience.

Mohler: We need some parameters. We need to not be offensive in the wrong ways. Contextualization came from missions conversations then came to evangelical pastors here thinking how they reach their cities. But we cannot ever think about these things saving people.

Chandler: We have to exegete culture in order to not be offensive. In Acts 17 Paul names the unknown God to reach those in Athens.

Mohler: The issue is when we get into the culture and learn about their idolatry and participate in it in order to reach people. What really concerns me is that liberals do what they do because of missions. They want to do things that will make sense to people. But where does this make sense. The word of the cross is foolish. Jews demands signs and Greeks seek wisdom. The gospel is alien in every culture.

Deyoung: Piper has reminded us that we need to create categories for people.

What book would you recommend people to read on this topic?

Chandler: I would be hesitant to recommend without knowing the person.

Deyoung: Anything by David Wells like “The Courage to Be Protestant”

Mohler: We just need to realize we are all products of culture with so much of what we do but we cannot bend on moral or theological truths.

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David Platt’s T4G 2012 Messge

(Audio of this message is HERE. Video of this message is HERE.)

Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions

I have one overarching truth that I want to communicate with you:

A high view of God’s sovereignty fuels death-defying missions.

Here are a few underlying premises:

1. Local ministry and local mission are totally necessary.

Local churches and communities have hurting and lost people and these ministries are necessary.

2. Global missions is tragically neglected.

In Yemen there are twice as many people there as in the state of Kentucky and there are maybe 20 Christians.

3. Pastors have the privilege and responsibility of global missions.

Pastors must feel the weight of the nations. This is not a problem for missions boards but every pastor and every church.

What drives all of that is rock solid confidence in the sovereignty of God. Continue reading

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