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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.}


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.



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


True Church Conference 2009 – Conrad Mbewe

Last night Conrad Mbewe was the preacher for the True Church Conference at Grace Life Church. I think that was the first full sermon of his I had heard. He was very good.

He preached on Total Depravity or as he called it Radical Depravity. His main point was obviously “we are all in the same boat.” We probably heard this same phrase half a dozen times within 40 minutes. Mbewe is from Zambia. He said that there is nothing different about the superficial “easy-believism” Christianity in Africa than there here is in America. The stories we hear about mass conversions in Africa are nothing more than the same emotional responses we get here in America at the typical youth rally like “Winter Jam.”

Mbewe’s closing point should be well taken. The nature of radial depravity is practical for Christian living. Without the Lord’s work in repentance, radical depravity will always and naturally lead to destruction – “Repent or ye shall all likewise perish.”

The Radical Depravity of Man 2/19/2009


Paul Washer – True Church Conference 2007 live-blogged by Timmy Brister

Paul Washer ministered as a missionary to Peru for 10 years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support Peruvian church planters. HeartCry’s work now supports indigenous missionaries in Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. An itinerant preacher, Paul also teaches in the internship program at his home church, First Baptist Muscle Shoals. He is the author of The One True God: A Biblical Study of the Doctrine of God. Ezekiel 36:22-29


There is a war of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a sense in which men of God should weep; there is also a sense in which men of God should draw swords. This is about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to demonstrate how far we have gone in our gospel reductionism.

“Are you a sinner?”

“Do you want to go to heaven?”

“Would you like to pray to receive Christ?”

“Would you like to repeat this prayer after me?”

“Welcome to the family of God.”

That form of evangelism is a liar. ….”

For the rest of the sermon click this link:

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Paul Washer

This is a very good sermon and I would be interested in attending the True Church Conference in 2009 to hear more of this.