Day one of the 2017 Shepherds’ Conference is over.
It was a day of sweet and encouraging fellowship with the men in our church body and a number of other men from other places and ministries — some new friends and some old friends, re-acquainted.
And there was the music — the Gettys, the TMU chorale, the TMS choir, and the congregational singing. To hear 3000 voices joined in harmonious praise of our Lord is a sound that always gives makes me rejoice with great joy!
And of course there was the preaching. God-exalting, biblically-saturated, hope-giving preaching. This is the core of the Shepherds’ Conference, and it did not disappoint. The way Grace Community Church serves the conference attendees is grace-filled (the church really does live up to its name!) and humbling. Their service and gifts are refreshing and gratifying. But the way the speakers serve the attendees with their ministrations from the Scriptures is eternally (I use that word carefully) hopeful. There is life in this Word, and the speakers declare it with confidence that buoys the weary soul and strengthens the confident heart.
Here are my notes from the first day of messages:
- John MacArthur, “We Preach Christ”
- Phil Johnson, “No Other Gospel”
- Michael Reeves, “The Eternal Word: God the Son in Eternity Past”
- Ligon Duncan, “Jesus, the Bread of Life”