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Thabiti’s Anyabwile T4G 2014 Message: The Happiness of Heaven In the Repentance of Sinners

The following are my notes of Thabiti’s sermon at T4G 2014.

Unashamed is our theme. Stop for a moment and ask if we feel unashamed about our personal evangelism. Is that how we would describe ourselves? Many of us would, but many more would not.

I want to begin by confessing that I am not the greatest evangelist in the world, in this conference, in my church and if I were in a room by myself I would fear I still would not be the greatest evangelist in the room.

I have two evils in my life. First, I do not love the lost like I should. I do not care about them like I should. Second, I came to faith in my late 20s and have a doctrinally light approach to evangelism that our Christian world has taught me to preach.

I wince and shy away from the hard parts of evangelism. The hard parts like repentance. We act like repentance is a footnote to our evanglism. We at times will become ashamed. We downplay sin and hell.

If we get the motive and method and evangelism wrong we will find ourselves betraying the motive and method of heaven. If we see why heaven rejoices at the sinner’s repentance.

Repentance brings happiness to heaven. We see this in Luke 15 and that these three parables of Jesus all make this one point. 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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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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Thabiti Anyabwile’s T4G2012 Message

Will Your Gospel Transform A Terrorist?

1 Timothy 1:12-17

At a evangelism workshop in Dubai a speaker asked “what is the greatest hindrance to the advance of the gospel?”

He said, “the Christians lack of confidence in the gospel.”

It exposed ME! I too lack confidence in the gospel. I believed it but lack confidence in it.

Is their any evident mark in your life and ministry that you have total confidence in the power of the gospel? Is it clear? Can others see a deep unshakable confidence in this gospel?

Do we have confidence in the power of the gospel to save even the worst people and hardest of hearts?

Who comes to mind when you think about someone who is hard to reach? A terrorist? A prostitute? A neighbor? A family member?

Am I confident that down in my bones the gospel has the power to transform even THAT person?

My goal is to exhort us today in one thing:

That we would rest all our weight and confidence in the power of the gospel. That it would be our only boast. Continue reading

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