10 May 2008

So Now What?

So after spending several enjoyable, as well as soul challenging,
hours listening through all the T4G sermons, panel discussions and the Band of Bloggers panel discussion, what's next? The challenge from Piper for radical sacrifice really hit home. Some soul searching is due there.

The verses from Piper are still ringing in my ears:

32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Heb. 10:32&34. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Heb. 11:24-27. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Heb. 13:12-14.

Number two would be to re-read Packer's Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God and read for the first time Dever's The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (which I just received as a gift - thanks Darren!). Both recommended this year at T4G and both in my library - I have no excuse.

Number three will be more open to God's leading in these areas. Think through the issues and ramifications. Keep forging ahead.

May I recommend and encourage everyone to listen to these sermons and especially Piper's. Hey, and leave a comment,too.

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