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Question and Answer Session – 2011 True Church Conference

Question and Answer Session

Bruce Ware – BW

David Miller – DM

Steve Lawson – SL

Jeff Noblit – JN


Q: How can we avoid a religion of dead works?

BW: We get to the point of dead works when there is a heaviness in doctrine without a heart embrace of the gospel. We also need to ignore wanting to be liked. We need to be offensive when we need to be offensive. Our approval is from God alone.

DM: When the preacher of the church diverts the attention away from the gospel to other things.

SL: We must keep the main thing the main thing. Keep the peripheral issues suppressed. We must cease reliance on pragmatic things and depend on the power of God. This was the problem with the church in Ephesus. See Edwards “Religious Affections” on this topic.

JN: A doctrinally sound and spirit-lead pulpit is necessary. There must also be church discipline. Doctrine must be taken seriously by the congregation.


Q: Can a church’s methodology undermine its sound theology?

SL: This can happen in evangelism, giving a false assurance of salvation. Using manipulative evangelism. The methodology cannot be man-centered. Doctrine and methodology should be guided by godly men. Strong preaching makes for soft hearts. Soft preaching makes for hard hearts.

BW: Training for a theological and biblical mind and heart need to be promoted in the church. Not just keeping people entertained and out of trouble. The whole of the program in the church needs to be focused in this. Equip the people to have the mind of Christ.

JN: What helps the most is preaching. More than classes. More than seminars. We need to know the answer to the question “How?”


Q: How do I learn to preach the gospel – be a gospel centered preacher?

SL: It is more caught than taught. Sit under strong gospel preachers. The text must be king. Don’t bring truths to the text, take truths from the text.

BW: Don Carson’s approach to historical-redemptive progression of revelation.

JN: The text has a limited fulfillment and an ultimate fulfillment.


Q: Who should we be listening to as an example?

SL: Jesus Christ. Adrian Rogers because of his bold authority. John MacArthur because of his Bible exposition. S. Lewis Johnson because of his expository style. Gary Thomas because he is articulate. John Piper because of his fervency, zeal and God-centeredness. But we must be careful trying to emulate anyone. We must be ourselves. Read Spurgeon. Read Whitfield.

BW: Brian Borgman because of his careful exegesis. Lee Tankersly because of his application.


Q: Excesses we look back on and cringe.

SL: Trying to have too many cross-references and losing sight of the text. Spurgeon said that the whole Bible called out to him every week “Preach me! Preach me!” Not having application for our doctrine.

DM: Not persevering with the text until your own heart has been affected. How should we expect others to repent unless we have done so ourselves?

BW: Balance – we need to be full of grace and truth. Truth without grace leads to harshness.

 


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David Miller – “The Atonement – Satisfaction” – 2011 True Church Conference

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Message 6 – David Miller – “The Atonement – Satisfaction”

This is the second part of the sermon which David Miller began on day 1 of the conference. The text is Isaiah 53. The previous sermon was about the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. He made his soul an offering for sins.


1. The incontrovertible will of God. The redemption of sinners was the will of God from before the beginning of God – it was decreed by God, it was spoken by God, and it will stand. It was the will of God that His Son should die. Those who carried out the infliction of the death of the Son were sinning and responsible for their actions, yet this action was still the providential will of God. Peter says as much in His sermon on the day of Pentecost and then again in Acts chapter 4. This will of God cannot be questioned. In Psalm 2 we see the response of God to those who would question the incontrovertible will of God – He will laugh and hold them in derision.


2. The intrinsic worth of the substitute. How is it that Christ in his physical sufferings, death, and burial could satisfy the claim of justice for an innumerable host of people? The wages of sin is death – not just physical death, but also spiritual death. How could the physical death of Christ pay the price for the spiritual death due to man? Should he not have to spend an eternity in hell? The reason is based on the worth of the substitute. First, He was a man, He was a human. But he was a perfect man. He in no wise needed to suffer for His own sins so He could therefore suffer for the sins of someone else by substitution.  But He was so much more. He was God in human flesh. He is infinitely righteous. He is infinitely holy. There is an intrinsic worth in the son of God that could save worlds of sinners.


3. The incomparable work of the Savior.

a. He accomplished satisfaction. This is the propitiation. Indefensible wicked sinners, condemned before God, are declared righteous because of the substitution of the blood of Jesus Christ and the complete satisfaction of holy justice.

b. He has acquired a seed. A seed declared from eternity past. The death of Christ purchased this seed. This is the bride of Christ presented to Him by the Father.

c. He has accumulated the spoils. He conquered death, the grave, sin, and triumphed over Satan. Satan’s domain has been spoiled. Jesus is in session ruling and reigning at the right hand of the Father.

d. He advocates for the saints.


Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there! The risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased with His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God

 

“Before the Throne of God Above” – words by Charlie L. Bancroft, 1863



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David Miller – “The Atonement – Substitution” – 2011 True Church Conference

Thursday, February 17, 2010

Berean Husband is blogging live from the 2011 True Church Conference at Grace Life Church in Muscle Shoals. It is nearing 6:30 p.m. and just about time for the first worship segment to begin. Then, at 7:15, the first speaker of the evening, David Miller is scheduled. David Miller is a regular favorite at the True Church Conference. He will be preaching on “The Atonement – Substitution”. There are around 600 people here tonight. The choir began with a rendition of “Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy.”


Message 1 –  David Miller – “The Atonement – Substitution”

The text of Miller’s sermon was Isaiah 53. The subject is the doctrine of substitution and satisfaction. God taking into account our sin and His justice, took the initiative to redeem fallen man. God chose to deal with us through a substitute, His own son. Thereby was holy justice satisfied. God is therefore just and the justifier.

In verses 2-3, we see his unattractive position.  In verses 4-6 we see his participation in suffering. In verse 7 we see his portrayal of submissiveness. In verses 8-11 we see his propitiation for sins. In verse 12 we see his unlimited power over Satan.


1. The wickedness of the sinner. Man is a transgressor. Man has turned to his own way. Man rejects authority. Man has gone astray. Man will not submit to God, to scripture. Verse 3 tells us that Jesus Christ was despised by man. And we are all this kind of sinner.


2. The wrath of a sovereign God. The wrath of God is not uncontrolled.  The Greek word “thumos” is never applied to God. God is never out of control. The word for the wrath of God is “orge”. An outrage over sin. He is displeased over sin.  There is a dam of patience holding back God’s complete wrath at this time. Otherwise there would be immediate and utter damnation.

The wrath of God is seen in God’s bruising His son, Jesus Christ. All the wrath of God on the damned will never equal the wrath that God poured out on His son.


3. The infinite wisdom of the son. We see this in verse 11. It is the knowledge of the son that justifies the sinner. It is the wisdom of Jesus that overcomes the dilemma of the wrath and justice of God versus the grace and mercy of God. How do you reconcile these two attributes? How can justice be served and yet man be saved by grace?  The wisdom of the son is in the substitution.

If man tries to overcome this dilemma on his own, he will inevitably remain dead in his sins, with the justice of God unsatisfied. But the wisdom of God intervened and reconciled justice and mercy. This was possible because of the infinite worth and value of the son. Romans 11:33-36 is a doxology of praise that expresses our thanksgiving for this reconciliation.



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True Church Conference – Next Week

The True Church Conference is next week February 17-20, 2011, at Grace Life Church of the Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Jeff Noblit, Bruce Ware, Steve Lawson, and David Miller will be preaching. Cost per person is $125.

It isn’t too late to register for it.

My husband will be there and will probably be sending sending me notes like usual.

The theme of the 2011 True Church Conference is going to be The Gospel Centered Church: Striving to Avoid Extra-Biblical Excess in the Local Church.



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True Church Conference 2011 – Coming Up Soon

February is coming soon!  Still time to plan to go to the True Church Conference.

The theme of the 2011 True Church Conference is going to be The Gospel Centered Church: Striving to Avoid Extra-Biblical Excess in the Local Church.

The conference will be held from February 17-20, 2011, at Grace Life Church of the Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Jeff Noblit, Bruce Ware, Steve Lawson, and David Miller will be preaching.  Cost per person is $125.

For more information or to register, go to the conference website: truechurchconference.com



The theme of the 2011 True Church Conference is going to be The Gospel Centered Church: Striving to Avoid Extra-Biblical Excess in the Local Church.

The conference will be held from February 17-20, 2011, at Grace Life Church of the Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Jeff Noblit, Bruce Ware, Steve Lawson, and David Miller will be preaching.  Cost is $105 per person through December 31, and $125 after that.

For more information or to register, go to the conference website: truechurchconference.com

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True Church Conference 2011

The theme of the 2011 True Church Conference is going to be The Gospel Centered Church: Striving to Avoid Extra-Biblical Excess in the Local Church.

The conference will be held from February 17-20, 2011, at Grace Life Church of the Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Jeff Noblit, Bruce Ware, Steve Lawson, and David Miller will be preaching.  Cost is $105 per person through December 31, and $125 after that.

For more information or to register, go to the conference website: truechurchconference.com


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David Miller – The Wrath of an Unpropitiated Lord

The seventh message of the True Church Conference 2010 was delivered by David Miller. His text was Malachi 4:1-2. Propitiation is that which is required to satisfy the wrath of God. An unpropititated Lord is the Lord who has not been satisfied.

Modern-day church is a Ponzi scheme. We have to figure out a way to get enough people coming through the front door to replace those going out the back door, But there is a day of reckoning coming.

1. The destruction of the wicked announced (verse 1)

a. The reality of the wrath of God. The day shall come and shall burn like an oven.

Has the wrath of God been satisfied for the non-elect? The Universalist says yes. Jesus died for everyone and everyone will be saved. The Arminian says yes, the blood of Christ is sufficient for all but efficient for those who believe. The Calvinist says no, the blood of Christ only propitiates the sin for whom it is applied. The blood is not potential salvation, it is actual salvation.

b. The recipients of the wrath of God. The wrath of God is on all those who are proud and on all who do wickedly.

c. The results of the wrath of God. They shall be as stubble. They shall be burned up. They shall be left with neither root nor branch.

2. The deliverance of the righteous assured (verse 2).

The righteous will leap like a calf released from a stall. The lame will rise because of the healing within His wings.


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David Miller – The Wonder of Unconditional Love

First sesson of the True Church Conference 2010 “The Quagmire of Hyper-Calvinism”  was led by David Miller.

David Miller’s text was Malachi 1:1-5. The world needs to experience God’s unconditional love for sinners.

The first point: Jacob have I loved

The second point: and Esau have I hated

1. Jacob Have I Loved

By an act of God’s will, he singled Jacob out and set him as the object of divine affections. And if God loved Jacob, then he might love me too. After all, look at who Jacob was. His name means “supplanter.” But in Malachi’s day, the Israelites (Jacob) wanted proof of God’s love.  And God gave them proof by showing the desolation of Esau (Edom) as compared to the restoration of Jacob. And even we today question God’s love for us and want proof. Is not our current circumstances proof of God’s love?

How did God love Jacob? What was the manner of his love?

a. God loved Jacob sovereignly and freely. Not what was deserved. He loves because He wants to.

b. God loves Jacob with selectivity and favoritism.

c. God did not see something special in Jacob. Nothing in Jacob’s life commended him to God.


2. Esau Have I Hated

Esau had an awesome heritage, great privileges, advantages. He was as much a gift to Isaac and Rebecca as Jacob was. He was the first born. He was destined to be the leader of the family.  The promises and the covenant should have been his. He was his father’s favorite. He was a man’s man. But just one problem. God hated Esau.


What does it mean “Esau have I hated”?

a. It does not mean a relative comparison of God’s love for Esau was just less than His love for Jacob. This does not fit the context.

b. It does not mean that God just passed over Esau. That does not fit the context.

c. It does not mean that God loved Esau but hated his sin. That does not fit the context.

d. It means God had a settled opposition, a disdain, antagonism against Esau. That fits the context.


God hated Esau because:

a. Esau sowed to flesh

b. Esau hated what God loved

c. Esau wanted the praise of man

But there is a problem. Jacob was the same way. God had as much reason to hate Jacob as He had to hate Esau. And the same is true of everyone. Even the elect.

So why did God love Jacob and hate Esau? Because that’s what God decided to do.


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True Church Conference 2009 – David Miller

I really enjoyed getting to listen to David Miller this weekend. This was the first time I had heard him.

The Repentance of Nineveh 2/20/2009

Jonah First Missionary of record. Tradition says that he was the Widow of Zarephath’s son who was raised from the dead by Elijah.

Jonah’s theology was wrong because he didn’t believe in the omnipresence of God. He tried to run away!

The warning to the Ninevites was not necessary or deserved.

The main point of this story is not Jonah and the Whale the main point is that God granted repentance to the Ninevites.

Grace always takes the initiative!

600,000 – 1 million repented in one day. This was a one day evangelism crusade of legendary importance.

There were no “seekers” in Niveva!

Jonah was sent to preach repentance.

  • Not to lead a cruise,

  • Not to give his testimony,

  • Not to share,

  • Not to prayer walk around the city,

  • But to preach about the intended destruction!



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