This is, perhaps, the most practically instructive and theologically challenging workshop I have ever attended. It’s been over a week since I heard Paige Benton Brown speak on the relationships required for Gospel ministry, and I am still mulling over and praying through all that I heard.
Here is the most challenging point from the workshop:
Everything about God’s relationship with us is His initiative. He is the initiator. As His ambassadors, we move towards people. Jesus never told His disciples to “be available.” He told them to “Go.” Initiate people as people and not as players in your church or ministry. Get to know them for them and not for what they can do for you.
a. Obvious: Who is immediately around you? Don’t look for new people, look at the same people with new eyes.
Jesus sent Legion and the Woman at the Well back to their people. New testimony with the same people.
Look at your relationships you would have anyway. Are they radically different relationships different because of Christ? Not just interaction, but involvement.
b. Unobvious: Not just available to them, but actively pursuing them. Leaving the 99 for the one who will never come on their own. The ones who are gonna need it most are the ones who will never approach you.
Who needs to be approached who will never approach anyone else?
We are in the service of a Seeking Savior. He does not hang a shingle, but is the Hound of Heaven.
For the rest of my notes from Paige’s workshop, click here.
If you are a believer in relationship with other people, then this is a post for you. Paige’s first point? There should be no relationships that are not ministry.
Don Carson, Revelation 21-22
Plenary Session 8
Imagine attempting to explain electricity to a pre-Stone Age tribe in Papua New Guinea. You would simply attempt to explain what it does, but they have no categories into which to put this information.
In the same way, how would we talk about the throne room of God? He uses symbolism because we are so without the vocabulary and categories with which to describe them. The symbolism opens the doors to the categories with which we can discuss the glory of the Father.
In Isaiah 6, the seraphim could not see His face. Isaiah cannot describe him. Ezekiel’s description of the chariot is incredibly detailed, but the one who sits upon it is indescribable. But we will see His face.
The culmination of everything is not to see loved ones gone before. It is to see God. Every picture, every taste we have of glory is to see His face.
This book ends in spectacular invitation. And so do we. “God be merciful to me, a sinner.”
I deserve this lake of fire, but I long for the New city. I believe, help my unbelief.
For the rest of the notes on Dr. Carson’s talk, go to: http://is.gd/yjPon9
Scripture, when read rightly, will lead us to worship.
Why does John weep loudly at the prospect of the scroll remaining unopened? Look to the rest of Scripture.
The scroll in Ezekiel and the scroll in Daniel. Unfolding human history at the decree of God.
Writing on both sides of the scroll. Every last space was required for God’s decrees for the unfolding of human history. If the scroll would not open, human history could not unfold at God’s decree. What if there is no larger purpose for the days in which we live? John weeps at the prospect of a universe separated from its Creator.
For the remainder of the notes on Kathleen’s talk on Revelation 4 and 5, go to: http://is.gd/tskYBM
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, speak on Matthew 17:
“This was not a new miracle, but the cessation of an ongoing miracle. The real miracle was that Jesus was able to cover His glory.”
All is well in heaven and all will be well on earth. All because of Jesus.
For full notes on this session: http://is.gd/jn196y
From Jenny Salt:
From where do we get our bearings for life? If we gain them from the world, we will be against the bearings of the world.
2 Corinthians has a lot to say about boasting. The world says, “Boast in yourself, tell the world the good stuff about yourself.”
But the Gospel says, “Do the opposite.”
How does the Gospel lens shape our boasting?
“I’ve learned to kiss the wave that pushes me against the rock of ages.” Charles Spurgeon
Get the full notes here: http://is.gd/6gJU2j
Questions to consider from Nancy Guthrie:
What drives the agenda of your Women’s Ministry?
We will one day stand before the blazing Light of God, where nothing will be hidden, and will give an account of our lives to God.
We are to not only equip our women to deal with the struggles of this life, we are to prepare them for the accountability of standing before a Holy God.
From Carrie Sandom, speaking on Psalm 40:
There are those who are compromised, consumed, and cold-hearted. And they’re all in a miry bog. And they aren’t the only ones. In a group this size, there are many of us trapped in a miry bog as well. Bogs come in various shapes. We know what it’s like, and many have experienced that the more we struggle to escape, the more bound we become.
But God knows we desire to escape, and in the Psalms, God gives us words to the desperation of our hearts. The Psalms were written supremely to each them about God; who He is and how He relates to His people. But the also taught how to respond to Him, regardless of the situation in which we find ourselves.