Friday, April 16, 2010

T4G (Together for the Gospel)

T4G_01Just a few thoughts about attending T4G this week.

Fellowship - I went to T4G with Scott and his son, Luke; I've known them for years. Scott and I have been in a Bible study together for at least 16 years. We've attended several of the Shepherd's Conferences together as well. It's always a great time discussing the sermons/sessions, talking about what's going on in our lives, bouncing ideas off each other related to lessons we're writing, etc. We also like to eat and check out the local attractions. While in Louisville, KY, we visited the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. All three of us love baseball.

Worship - at T4G is an amazing experience. Nearly 7000 --mostly men-- lifting their voices in praise to our awesome God and Savior, led by Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Ministries.

The Word - The "theme" of the week The Unadjusted Gospel was presented in unique and amazing ways by all of the speakers. Highlights for me were RC Sproul, John MacArthur and John Piper.

Books - The bookstore at T4G is MASSIVE! Of course, I spent more than I should have. I picked up MacArthur's Luke Commentary - Volume 1, Philip Ryken's commetary on Luke, and James Montomgery Boice's 4-volume commentary on name a few. Also bought the ESV Journaling Bible; looking forward to using it as soon as possible.

Matt Chandler - I knew very little about this brother in Christ until this week. His testimony, his strength and humility are a humbling thing to witness. God is using him in an amazing way, not only at the church where he ministers, but in the lives of most anyone that has the privilege of meeting/hearing him. Click here for Matt's session at T4G

T4G couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I needed a time of refreshing and this week was just that. The sermons, the worship, the fellowship and just having the time to reflect on God, His blessings and the magnificence of the Gospel have renewed my spirit and given me the courage/strength to move forward in some areas of my life that been stagnant the past few months.