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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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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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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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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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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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