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True Church Conference 2013

True Church Conference 2013 will begin tomorrow, February 21 and run until February 24, 2013.

The Topic is Striving Toward a True Church

Speakers include:

Dr. Tom Nettles

Pastor Jeff Noblit

Bro. Jono Sims

Bro. David Miller

Bro. Don Singleton

Bro. Noel Hendrix

 

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{This is the first year in several years that my husband has not been able to attend.}


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Barry King – The Grace of the Doctrines of Grace

True Church Conference 2012

True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Message 8 – Barry King – The Grace of the Doctrines of Grace

 

The text for the sermon is Ephesians 4:32.

 

God in Christ forgave you. This is the essence of the doctrines of grace. The doctrines of grace are not hidden under the rocks of scripture. They are on top of the rocks. The text tonight is not primarily about the doctrines of grace, it is about the grace of the doctrines. We are woefully deficient in practicing the grace of the doctrines of grace. We must be broken-hearted over our lack of practicing the grace of the doctrines of grace. Do we operate with grace with whom we disagree?

 

A. The grace of kindness

1. This particular word is used quite sparingly in the scriptures.

a. In 1 Corinthians 13 it is used to describe how members of a church are to receive one another in regard to their use of spiritual gifts.

i. We will not all share the same views. But a spirit of Christian love must pervade. We must be kind to one another.

b. In Philippians 4, kindness is reflected in our attitude toward our spiritual leaders.

i. We must remember that those leaders who a generation ago defended orthodox Christianity against liberalism were not Calvinists.

ii. We are more kind to preachers on the internet than we are to our own leaders.

c. In 2 Timothy 2, kindness is typical of a mature pastor toward his congregation, particularly the difficult members of the congregation.

d. In Titus 2, we are called to be kind to those in our family. And kindness is tied to submissiveness.

B. The grace of tender-heartedness

1. We have become tender-skinned and tough-hearted.

C. The grace of forgiveness

1. We need to forgive others while it is still in our power to do so.

2. We need to regret the harsh words we have spoken against those with whom we disagree.

3. We have received unmerited favor and grace, and therefore we need to show unmerited favor and grace toward others.


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Question and Answer Session

True Church Conference 2012

True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Question and Answer Session

Q. If you were coming into a new church that needed reformation, where would you start.

JN: Give your greatest energy to the pulpit. Preach to convert the lost. And then put energy into small groups. Have accountability among the small group leaders. Anticipate the need for church discipline because it will arise.

RH: Be patient and wait on the word of God to do work in the people’s lives. You will see fruit.

 

Q: How to know when going from preaching to implementing?

BB: When it came time to deal with regenerate active membership and church discipline.

RH: We are long on theology and short on application. We need to practice what the word of God says.

 

Q: Are there issues that should not be tackled first?

BK: A leadership change (i.e., moving to elder lead) would not be a good first move. Practical biblical exposition must come first. We need to think about change in terms of decades.

RH: Don’t start by preaching Calvinism and Aminianism.

DM: Begin with the importance of wisdom in our preaching. Don’t be dumb all of your life. You need to gain and maintain credibility with people. It is hard to reform a church, it is near impossible to regain credibility with a church once it has been lost.

JN: We need to work on biblical conflict resolution early on.

 

Q; How do you know the difference between difficult sheep and a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

BB: It is difficult. It takes spending time with the people. Look at their reception of the Word of God. They may disagree with the pastor and still love the Word.

RH: There is a difference between misunderstanding and obstinacy.

 

Q: From a morale standpoint, how do you encourage those who have had friends and family who have left the church over doctrinal issues?

BK: We must preach the doctrines of grace and practice the grace of the doctrines of grace. Those who have left need to be treated with grace. We are too quick to shun others.

RH: We need to love people who leave because many of them will return.

 

Q: About times of hardship, difficult seasons…how do you endure these times without quitting? Are there strategies to deal with the storms?

DM: We are not alone in our tribulations. Some of the greatest saints have been beset through history – Spurgeon, for instance. Tribulations are unique. It is easy to discuss this matter on the “post” side. It takes maturity to glorify God in the midst of tribulation. But it is easy to bless God for his Son Jesus Christ.

 

Q: What is the next step of reformation in your local church?

BK: The post-reformation generation. The children of those who went through the reformation must not just accept this as the way we do things. They will tend to revert back if the reformation is taken as staus quo. Each generation must understand that reformation is biblical.

RH: Young and restless Calvinists. They want to add to the reformation. And they may not understand the doctrines of grace, they just want to be a part of a reformed church. They are following a man and not following the Bible.

JN: To continue gospel humility to the next generations.


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David Miller – Christ and His Church

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True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Message 6 – David Miller – Christ and His Church

 

The text for the sermon is Matthew 16:13-18

 

A. The Founding of the Church

1. The church is a particular local congregation. The body, the building, the bride.

2. The church is an institution. This is an abstract principle. But the abstract has its manifestation in the local particular congregations.

3. The church is a reference to the broader family of God. But even this church will be local and visible.

B. The Founder of the Church

1. The character of the founder – He is the Son of the living God

2. The condescension of the founder – He is the Son of Man.

3. The Christ – He is God’s anointed one. He is God’s prophet, priest, and king.

a. Jesus Christ believed in the inerrancy of scripture.

b. Jesus believed in the literal interpretation of scripture.

c. Jesus believed in the atoning power of the blood.

d. Jesus ministers in a sanctuary made without human hands.

e. Christ alone is priest of the church.

f. Jesus Christ alone is the only potentate of the church.


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Roy Hargrave – the Ministry of Reconciliation

True Church Conference 2012

True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Message  5 – Roy Hargrave – the Ministry of Reconciliation

 

The text of the sermon is 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.

 

The man of God should seek to persuade others of his integrity. It is not enough to preach the word, it must be done with sincerity.

 

The context of the text is insurrection. Man is in rebellion against his creator. And the enmity that man has for God was not instigated by God at all. Man had no reason to rebel against God. And man took no initiative in reconciliation. God initiated reconciliation. In fact, sinful man cannot seek reconciliation.

 

A. A new spiritual perception (see verse 16)

1. We regard no one according to the flesh. No more carnality. Turn away from the flesh.

2. We do not look upon Jesus Christ after the way of the flesh.

3. The outer man is perishing, but the inner man is being renewed day by day.

B. A new spiritual persuasion (verse 17)

1. We are in Christ. What does it mean to be in Christ?

a. to belong to Christ

b. to be a member of Christ

c. to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ

d. to be judged according to the imputed righteousness of Christ

2. We are to live in the power of Christ.

C. A new spiritual prescription (verse 17)

1. A  new creation comes from an alien imputed righteousness.

2. Man’s original righteousness was lost in the fall of Adam.

3. The righteousness of Jesus Christ is far greater than the righteousness that could have come from Adam.

4. All things are made new.

D. A new spiritual position (verse 18)

1. We are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.

2. And Jesus gives to us the ministry of reconciliation.

3. The manner of reconciliation is from God toward sinful man.

4. Reconciliation is possible because of the blood of Jesus Christ.

E. A new spiritual participation (verses 18-20)

1. We are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation.

2. We are entrusted with the message of reconciliation.

3. We are empowered to preach reconciliation. Why?

a. We can sympathize with sinners.

b. We know the joy of salvation.

 


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Jeff Noblit – The Primacy of Preaching the Word of God

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True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Message 4 – Jeff Noblit – The Primacy of Preaching the Word of God

 

The text of the sermon is 2 Timothy 3:16-4:8.

 

The scriptures are infallible.

The scriptures are all-sufficient.

The scriptures are to be preached.

 

A. The charge of the gravity of the work (2 Timothy 4:1).

1. The charge is given in the name of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

2. The reference is accountability to an avenging God and His judge, His Son Jesus Christ.

3. The charge is given in view of the kingdom of Jesus Christ and its soon appearing on earth.

4. We should tremble when we think about the charge to preach the word.

B. The charge to consistency in the work (2 Timothy 4:2)

1. Preach the word in season and out of season.

2. We are too weak in the pulpit. We say “It’s no use” too easily.

C. The charge to endure hardship (2 Timothy 4:5)

1. We need to endure in overcoming dullness.

2. There are times people will not endure the teaching of sound doctrine.

3. There will be times of desertion (verse 3). People will turn away to teachers who tickle their unsettled ears. We must not become preachers who give the wayward what they are looking for. We must be preachers who give the wayward what they need.

4. There will be divisions (verse 4). Too many groups and factions are built around men and man’s teaching.

5. There will be depression. Depression is rooted in self and rooted in pride. It comes from the fear of man.

D. The charge to the continuity of the work (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

1. Preaching is a continuum.  We must be faithful in our place and faithful to bring up those after us.


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Barry King – Storms that Reveal the Need for Reformation

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True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Message 3 – Barry King – Storms that Reveal the Need for Reformation

 

The text for the sermon is Ecclesiastes 12:9-14.

 

A. The Primacy of Wisdom

1. Wisdom is taken for granted, it is assumed, it is presupposed. It is the principle thing.

2. The brevity of life, the certainty of death, and impending judgment is certain.

3. We cannot assume wisdom any longer. It has been conspicuously absent.

4. We face storms because we lack the wisdom to live in a holy manner. We face storms of our own making and reveal the need for reformation in our own lives.

 

B. The Priority of the Word

1. The Word is referenced repeatedly in the text. Words of wisdom, words of delight, words of truth.

2. The words of truth must be prioritized. Words of truth guard the congregation.

3. We live in a day of much error, much heresy. We have the responsibility to guard our people by giving them the words of truth.

4. The word is all-sufficient to guard our people.

5. The words of wisdom must not only guard, they must also guide. They must be a goad. We must teach the rebellious and stubborn.

6. We must preach through precept and we must live by example. People need to know that the way of a transgressor is hard.

7. The word is to be used as a weapon against the world.

8. We also need the words of delight to gladden the people. The preacher must seek to find words of delight.

 

C. The Problem of Weariness

1. Beware of anything beyond wisdom and the words of truth.

2. There is a weariness in chasing after anything that is beyond being a biblical Christian. All paths apart from the word of God lead to a weariness of the flesh.

3. See Isaiah 40:28-31 and Galatians 6:6-9. We must not get weary and give up. God season is not necessarily our idea of a season.


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Brett Beasley – Reforming a Church to Biblical Health

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True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Message 2 – Brett Beasley – Reforming a Church to Biblical Health

 

The text for the sermon was Acts 20:25-31.

 

The apostle Paul is speaking to those who had been chosen to lead the church at Ephesus. It was a challenge to them. Striving to reform a church to biblical health is: 1) Constant, 2) Costly and 3) Worthy.

A. The Call of the Man of God

1. The call of man by God is a divine call. It is a call that can be given by God alone.

2. The call is to be a shepherd of the church. To watch over the flock of Jesus Christ.

3. The call is to watch yourselves. Continual self-examination.

a. Ezekiel gives examples of all these items above. Ezekiel was called by God. Ezekiel was called to be a watchman. Ezekiel was called to confront the corrupt priests of the day.

b. See Acts 20:29. Fierce wolves will come in and will not spare the flock.

4. The call is to share the word of God. See Acts 20:26-27.

B. The Care for the Church of God

1. The care cannot be divorced from the call.
2. We are to pay careful attention to the flock. We are to watch out for the souls of the flock. It requires tireless effort. We are called to be stewards of the purchase of Jesus Christ that He purchased by His blood.
3. We must feed the flock.
4. There is never a moment when the shepherd does not think about his sheep.
5. No title without the task, no role without the responsibility.

C. Reforming a Church to Biblical Health

1. Why does the church need to be reformed to biblical health?

a. The doctrines are deficient in the church.
b. The culture has ravaged the church.
c. The scriptures are deficient in the church.
d. The church, if left to itself, will drift, like sheep without a shepherd.

2. What are the struggles with reforming a church to biblical health?

a. You will struggle with the flesh. This is because of the fear of man. We must not be concerned with our own reputation. We must not seek the approval of man, whether that be the congregation or peers.
b. You will struggle with opposition
c. Sound doctrine can unify, but is can also divide.
d. Preaching the word of God will have varying affects on people.

3. Reforming a church to biblical health comes with a high personal cost.

a. There is the cost of divisions.
b. There is the cost of desertions.
c. There is the cost of loss of friendships.
d. There is the cost to the pastor’s wife.

4. Reforming a church to biblical health requires grace.

a. We must remember that not all in the congregation will be at the same place we are – in beliefs, in biblical understanding.

5. There is joy in seeing Christ reform a church.

a. But we must stay the course.

6. Pastoring means loving the sheep.

a. Some of the sheep are difficult. Some require a little more shepherding.

7. Treasure Jesus Christ and make much of him.

a. its about Jesus Christ and his glory.
b. We need to stay with our first love.


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David Miller – The Glory of Jesus Christ

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Message 1 –  David Miller – The Glory of Jesus Christ

 

The text for the sermon is John 1:14-18. The subject of the sermon is the glory of Jesus Christ.

 

A. A definition of the glory of Jesus.

There are two words translated glory. The Hebrew word “kabode” – meaning “heavy” or “weighty”.  This deal with the visible manifestations of God. The Greek word is “doxa”, it means to ascribe worth or worship. The words of Jesus are full of grace and truth. And Jesus Himself is full of grace of truth.

“The glory of Jesus is the sum total of all His attributes and deeds which separates and distinguishes Him from all other beings.” – Miller

 

B. A delineation of the glory of Jesus.

The text gives us four things that distinguish Jesus Christ:

1. The person of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:1-3. He is the logos, the express image of the Godhead, the visible manifestation of the invisible deity. He is co-eternal with the Father, co-existent with the Father, and co-equal with the Father.

2. The prerogative of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:14. God became flesh. And He dwelt among men. Man does not possess this kind of prerogative. Man cannot make himself God. But Jesus can make Himself man.

a. the meaning of the incarnation – the joining of the divine nature with a human nature.

b. the means of the incarnation – it was a miracle, supernatural, inexplicable

c. the motive of the incarnation – so that Jesus might be touched the feelings of our infirmity, so that He might be our kinsman-redeemer

                i.              He must be worthy

                ii.             He must be wealthy

                iii.            He must be willing

3. The preferment of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:15. The one who comes after John is preferred over John because He came before John.  And we prefer Jesus over this world.

4. The plentitude (fullness) of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:16. Wave after wave of grace. Grace piled on top of grace.

 

C. A design of the glory of Jesus.

No man has ever seen God. But Jesus Christ has declared before us God. See John 1:18. There have been some revelations of God. For instance, creation. But creation can only condemn, it cannot redeem. The law reveals the holiness of God. But the law can only condemn, it cannot redeem. But then Jesus came. We learned things about God that were never seen before. What were types and shadows were revealed in the true light.


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True Church Live Stream

2012 True Church Conference Live Feed/Visual Aids

Not only is the True Church Conference FREE this year but for the first time, you can watch the entire conference live-streamed.

The schedule is as follows (all times CST):

Tonight (Thu):  7 PM

Friday: 9 AM, 1:30 PM, 7 PM

Saturday: 9 AM, 7 PM

Sunday: 10:30 AM

If you or your group wants to sing along with the song services, you can download the lyrics here

The speakers are David Miller, Barry King, Brett Beasley, Roy Hargrave, and Jeff Noblit

 


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