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Matt Chandler’s T4G 2014 Message: Christ Is All

My notes of Matt Chandler’s message at T4G 2014.

After coming out of the locker room in high school I had a friend say to me, “I need to tell you about Jesus, when do you want to do that.” In my home growing up I saw really messed up Christianity and so this friend named Jeff was the first real Christian I ever met. He brought me to church and I thought it was goofy the way youth group was, but I kept wanting to come back. I don’t know why I wanted to keep coming, but God was wooing me.

I am here because someone was unashamed.

One of my fears is that when we hear that there is growing hostility toward Christians in our culture, that we do not shrink back from being bold and unashamed.

Acts 19:18-20

Can you get your head around that there were no dollars to be made out of sinful gain? Can you imagine this? Imagine this riot that breaks out because of preaching the gospel. Have you heard of any recent church plants that were started and a riot breaks out because they closed down all the strip clubs and businesses of ill repute?

Then we see later on that the weather changes.

2 Timothy 1:8

His first bit of encouragement is that Timothy should step in to suffering and know that it is coming. 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 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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T4G 2012 Adult Education Panel – Discipleship In Groups: Methods & Models

What is the purpose of Sunday School hour?

Dever: It is not the main education of the church. The Sunday Sermon is for that. It is not the primary discipleship of the church. One on one discipleship does that. It is a platform for discipling very specific topics.

Kelly: Our community groups do the pastoral care of the church. Sunday School is more teaching and education is the primary purpose.

Chandler: We do a hybrid. Twice a year we do 8 week courses but primarily we get people in small groups. Continue reading

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