I can’t tell you how impressed I have been with our speakers at the Basics 2009 Pastor’s conference this year. Today we were challenged once again by Pastor John Piper to remain committed to the supremacy of Christ and His accomplishments on our behalf. Pastor Piper used John 3 as his text today to show the regeneration (new birth) work of Christ and how we diminish Christ when we don’t teach the necessity of this new birth. I find myself so inadequate as a preacher and expositor of the word after attending these conferences but also even more steadfast in the need to stand strong on the supremacy of the scriptures and THEIR power unto conversion. It certainly isn’t my persuasive speech. Sola Scriptura!
I sit here at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio having just finished the first day’s session of the Basics 2009 Pastor’s Conference. In listening to Pastor John Piper expound the need for Pastors and churches to remain faithful to sound doctrine and in particular the doctrine of the justification by faith alone and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to our account, I am more convinced in our stand at CHCC to the clear proclamation of the truth of God’s word in everything we do. We can not and must not compromise the very souls of men and the joy of the elect by allowing any facet of biblical dotrine to go untaught. Thank you CHCC for allowing me that freedom to expound God’s word in all of it’s fullness. For blogging of the ongoing conference refer to our links of ‘Trusted Bloggers’, in particluar Tim Challies. Also link to Parkside church for details of the conference and downloads of the sessions.