Sovereign Grace Ministries 2009 ‘Next’ Conference is one that I completely, and unfortunately overlooked. Josh Harris is joined by Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson & C. J. Mahaney to give a wonderfully edifying conference that focuses our attention on Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to be in Covenant with God? It means we receive the blessings of the covenant, and Christ receives the curses. Sinclair Ferguson looks at this important subject, preaching at his church in First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. This is a thrilling message. Don’t miss it.
This year the New Attitude Conference became Next Conference. The subject this year was Jesus Christ, and a marvelous conference it was. Between Sinclair Ferguson and Don Carson you can’t go wrong.
One surprise speaker was Kevin DeYoung, pastor of University Reformed Church in Lansing, Michigan, and author of a number of books including Why We’re Not Emergent and Just Do Something. DeYoung gave us a wonderful picture of Christ as life giver, looking at portraits of him dealing the demoniac, Jarius’ daugther, the unclean woman, and the storm that threatened the disciples.
Here is the list of main sessions:
Preeminence, Josh Harris
Incarnation, Don Carson
Life, Kevin DeYoung
Death, C. J. Mahaney
Resurrection, Sinclair Ferguson
Return, Sinclair Ferguson
Panel with Dever, Ferguson, Taylor, DeYoung, Mahaney & Harris
Sinclair Ferguson and Eric Alexander join together for the Scottish Reformation Conference. This is a wonderful and glorious trio of messages by two well seasoned preachers.
Eric Alexander tackles the subject of the Glory of Christ. He begins by suggesting that contemporary evangelicalism has a weightless understanding of the character of God. Alexander is heavily influenced in this message by John Owen’s classic ‘The Glory of Christ.’
Sinclair takes 2 Corinthians chapters 3 and 4 for the texts of his two messages, The Glory of the New Covenant and The Glory of Christian Service. Both messages are very impactful and marvelous. In ‘The Glory of Christian Service’ Sinclair stresses the need for pastors to build up the flock. We are great at tearing down and criticizing, but we are weak in building up. He examines the life of Paul and the ministerial convictions of Paul as models for us.
In ‘The Glory of the New Covenant’ Sinclair takes a refreshingly, clarifying look at the relationship of the Old Testament to the New. He emphasizes that the Old is the incomplete covenant, and requires the New Testament to fully understand the Old.
These are 3 great messages that you will want to take some time to ponder, and perhaps listen to again.