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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

 

Live stream

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


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Jeff Noblit – The Primacy of Preaching the Word of God

True Church Conference 2012

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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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

 


Original Page: http://brotom.com/2012/02/16/2012-true-church-conference-live-feedvis-aids/


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Jeff Noblit – “Striving to Avoid Extra-Biblical Excess” – 2011 True Church Conference

Message 4 – Jeff Noblit – “Striving to Avoid Extra-Biblical Excess”

Looking at what we don’t do well and where we are not properly balanced.


1. Watch for clarifying terms – rules, convictions, and viewpoints which are not commanded in scripture are extra-biblical. Individuals have them. Churches have them. They can be healthy as long as they are not viewed as adding to our righteousness. Our efforts do not improve our standing before God or make us superior to others. Can we still fellowship with those who don’t have our convictions? Extra-biblical excess is when these things become a pillar of the church when they are not commanded by the scripture, when they become the identity of the church. A lot of this shows in what descriptive term we put in front of the word “church” – contemporary, emerging, family-integrated, etc. The gospel must draw them or we must fail. We should not depend on the additive descriptive to be the draw. These things should not be the draw for someone to join the church.


2. Watch for worldly externalisms. See Colossians 2:8, 18, and 20-23. The world wants to impose externals on you instead of Jesus Christ. Also see Galatians 4:3. This is works religion. The highest form of worldliness is legalistic religion. Much self-abasement is actually flaunting religion and self-indulgence. We turn to our own self-restraint to combat sin, but Paul tells us that these external rules do not stop the indulgence of the flesh.


3. Watch for pendulum swings. See Matthew 23:15 – from one excess to another excess. We swing as we leave a weak, unhealthy church and land in a legalistic church, a whole new set of extra-biblical excess and error. We must strive to maintain a biblical balance. Structure and organization are not bad. New external forms do not transform the heart.


4. Watch for silly women. See 2 Timothy 3:6-7. False teachers find a foothold among weak (or silly) women. Women that are burdened by sin. Women that are led by their passions. These lead to the abandoning of sound doctrine. These lead to never being able to be grounded on the truth.


5. Remember that a sovereign God is behind all. See 1 Corinthians 11:18-19.  There may be divisions in the church, but verse 19 says that we should expect this.  And why should we expect factions within the church? Because that is how God reveals what is genuine. Factions are used to purify and purge the church.


6. The irrevocable reference point – total abandonment to the gospel. Our reference point must be on the power of gospel message to change lives. We will build on the foundation of the gospel or we will fail (see Romans 1:16, 16:25).



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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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Jeff Noblit – The Glory of God in Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

The tenth, and final, session of the True Church Conference 2010 was presented by Jeff Noblit during the regular Sunday morning service at Grace Life Church in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His topic was The Glory of God in Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God.

1. The entire local church family is to be involved in missions.

a. World missions was born in the local church. It should rest in the local church, not in a board or agency (see Acts 13:1-3). Notice that God sent out missionaries from a church that still had multitudes of unbelievers surrounding them. Notice the double call. The Spirit called, and the local church called.

b. The first missionaries were accountable to the local church (see Acts 11). Peter had to provide an account to the church in Jerusalem of his mission activities. (also see Acts 14:24-28 and Acts 15:1-23)

c. The first missionaries task was to plant local churches (see Acts 14:23).

d. How important is missions to be? (see Psalm 96:3.) The command to “go into all the world” is given five times in the New Testament.

2. People are to be personally involved in local missions.

a. The local church is important, but it is also important for individuals to be personally involved in world missions.

b. We must personalize missions. We must get out of our comfort zone. We must have a heart for unreached people groups. We must be ready for God to call our own people. We must have regular reminders and emphasis.

c. Missions must be strategically planned. It must be Biblical. It must involve training people and training leaders. It must involve strengthening local churches (see Acts 15:41). We must look for open doors (1 Corinthians 6:9).

3. God must mobilize prayers, fasting, finances, laborers.

a. see Acts 8:4, Acts 5

4. The end is for the glorifying God among all peoples.

a. see Revelation 5:9-12


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Question and Answer Session

Saturday night at True Church 2010 ended with a question-and-answer session. The panel consisted of: Barry King, Conrad Mbewe, Jonathan Sims, Michael Haykin, and Jeff Noblit. Matt Fowler moderated the questions. No attempt is made to relate the answers to who provided them. In many cases multiple people provided the answers.

Question: What hyper-Calvinistic tendencies have you faced in your own congregation?

Answer: Church members can be Calvinist in their head but hyper-Calvinist in their heart. This is a result of our quest for doctrinal purity. Sometimes people attack over the internet. Sometimes people have too high or different expectations based on what they read on the internet. Church members spend too much time in morbid introspection and lose their vision of Christ. Some people moving from “easy-believism” go too far and end up in the opposite ditch. It is seen in the attitude that God hates the wicked and does not want to see them saved.

Question: Is there a tension between counseling seekers and looking for lament?

Answer: Lamenting is not necessarily wrong until it is taken to an extreme. Godly sorrow for sin is right. But when a person is converted not all their attention should still be given to their sin. There is a sense in which we must recognize that our sins have been put away, as far as the east is from the west, in the depths of the sea.

Question: How do you train men who are being called to eldership in a church plant?

Answer: Encourage older elders to pick out the “Timothys” in their congregation early and begin their training before they go out to plant churches. Put these young men on the pastoral team. Get input from several people before men are sent out as elders to plant their own churches. Formally, cover three areas: doctrine, preaching, and evangelism.

Question: What about the 3000 people who heard the message in Acts 2 and were baptized the same day?

Answer: The profession of faith in the Bible is baptism. The church is not held to any one model in bringing in members.

Question: What do I do if I have become calloused to the lost?

Answer: It is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of obedience, whether I feel like it or not. We have lost our sense of duty. It is also a matter of our awareness of what God has done in our own lives. It is also a matter of bringing glory to God.

Question: What do you say to a person since we are not seeking a “decision”?

Answer: 1) we can invite them to church and to special events. 2) we can give our personal testimony. 3) share the gospel without asking for a decision. 4) ask someone what they think. 5) don’t make the sinner’s prayer an act required for salvation. 6) guide someone to Bible passages that show what are the fruits of salvation.

Question: Is there a recommended soul-winning course?

Answer: John Blanchard’s book “Ultimate Questions” can be used to train in evangelism. Divide it up into eight sessions.

Question: Is there a revival of young people who are embracing the doctrines of grace? Do we need to fear an expansion of hyper-Calvinism?

Answer: Any time there is an expansion of Calvinism there is an expansion of hyper-Calvinism.

Question: How long should a person be inactive before church discipline is practiced?

Answer: The Bible does not give us a guideline in this, other than the spiritual well-being of the congregation is under the supervision of the elders of the church. It depends on what you have done in the period before consideration of the practice of church discipline. Have you visited with them? Have you prayed for them? Have you warned them? What were they told when they joined? Did they understand the requirements? The goal is restoration, not removal. Inactive members belong on the prayer list, not on the members list.

Question: How do we teach sovereign grace in a congregation that knows nothing of these doctrines?

Answer: Don’t use the words “reformed” and “Calvinistic”. Just preach through the word of God and over time the doctrines of grace will come up. We need to be patient with those who just don’t see it yet. Recognize that there are mysteries that may not be able to be satisfactorily resolved for all people. Weak pulpits joined with a study of systematic theology will come back to bite the church. Our aim is not reformed, our aim is not Calvinistic, our aim is Biblical. And this must be done in love. Calvinism cannot be a “hobby-horse” preaching topic. There is no need to read Calvinism into every Biblical passage. Have role models in the church – both from history and present in the church.


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Jeff Noblit – The Use of Altar Calls

The fourth session of the True Church Conference 2010 was presented by Jeff Noblit concerning Altar Calls.

Altar calls are wrestled with and struggled with. An altar call is a system at the end of preaching of coming forward to receive salvation.

1. Old time religion or new fad?

The roots of the altar call go back to the 1830’s and the revivalist Charles Finney. He may not have been the first but he was the most popular, because of all of his new measures. Before Finney, there was no organized method to call people forward to be saved at the end of the sermon. Whitefield and Edwards did not do so. Spurgeon rejected the idea and warned against it. Nothing can be gotten in a private room or in front that cannot be done in the midst of the assembly.

But if there was no system, what did people do before Finney? If you don’t call people to the front, how can they be saved? Dallimore notes that Whitefield refused to count those who were saved at the end of the service. Whitefield returned months later to see if there was fruit. There were false converts, but there was a lot of lasting fruit of the First Great Awakening. But the Second Great Awakening focused on immediate results and immediate declaration of salvation. No looking for the proof of fruit. And that is the fruit of the Second Great Awakening, the lack of fruit.

Billy Graham has the same system. An immediate altar call and an immediate declaration of salvation. Graham’s invitation used the words “come” and “quickly” often. There was minimal fruit in the churches in the cities after Graham departed. The watchword is immediate pragmatism.

2. Consequences of the Altar Call

The modern invitation system has had serious consequences on the church:

a. perfection (people need a second work of grace)

b. carnal “Christians” (no change in life)

c. redundant baptisms

d. no church discipline (how can you discipline the entire church?)

e. church splits

f. loss of the glory to God

3. What do the scriptures say?

What system does the Bible give for an invitation? Nothing. The Bible has nothing about an organized invitation. Scripture tells us to make disciples.  See 2 Timothy 4:3-5. The work of an evangelist is work. It shouldn’t take only a five minute invitation and three minutes of counseling.

There are invitations in the Bible, but this word “invitation” is far too narrow. We are called to beg, command, urge, preach, reason with men to be saved. We are called to tell men to repent, believe, drink. The Holy Spirit fell on people as they were standing, not those who came forward.

4. Final Considerations

a. The gospel is the invitation. Not something after the gospel is preached.

b. The Spirit gives the invitation. And He is not confined to three verses of a song at the end of a sermon.

c. If a person has heard the word, the seed may grow any time.

d. Don’t go too far into the ditch on the other side of the road. Men still need to be called to repent and be saved. 

e. We must avoid works-salvation in our invitation. Walking to the front cannot make you a Christian.

f. Evangelism does not depend on giving a closing invitation.

g. Shepherd the people into sound practice. Those who believe in grace should have some. See Acts 18:24-27.

h. You cannot pull out all the tares among the wheat. Tares bring humility.

i. Maturity is the proof of doctrine. See 2 Corinthians 3:2



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