Here is the wrap of what took place on day 1 of the Acts 29 Preach the Word Conference.
Preaching God's 2 Words: Law & Gospel
Pastor Justin is the Adjunct Professor of Theology and Culture at Reformed Theological Seminary and previously taught at the University of Virginia. Justin holds two masters degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He and his wife Lindsey are the authors ofRid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault, and he his new book is On the Grace of God.
"If we mess up the relationship between the law and the Gospel, we are corrupting the core of the Christian faith."
"The law is everything that commands, the Gospel is everything that promises favor in Christ."
'We can’t have the law without the Gospel, but we can’t have the Gospel without the law."
Missional Preaching: Exegeting Culture to Preach to It
Alex Early is the Preaching and Theology Pastor at Living Stones Churches. Before coming to Living Stones, Pastor Alex was the planting and lead pastor of Four Corners Church in Newnan, Georgia. Prior to church planting Alex has received his Masters in hermeneutics at the London School of Theology, as well as having received a M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Reformed Theological Seminary. Alex and his wife Jana have been married for eight years and have two kids.
"Jesus is called a friend of gluttons, drunks, tax collectors and sinners. That’s how the people of God should be described."
"If you anchor your identity in the fact that you are the prodigal that the father has forgiven, living on mission isn’t something you have to work at, but something you work out."
"Missional preachers exegete scripture, culture, congregation, & self."
Preaching as Worship: For those Speaking & Listening
Leonce Crump II is the lead planter and pastor of Renovation Church. He has been an ordained ministry for 9 years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds Masters degrees in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Case Law (University of Tennessee), Missional Leadership (Resurgence Theological Training Center), and has finished his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Leonce and his wife Breanna have lived in the Grant Park community of Atlanta for 3 years, and have two daughters.
"Somewhere between why you preach, why you listen, and who is God, is the act of preaching."
"Preaching becomes worship when we turn our eyes from our problems toward the king of glory."
"You fail as a Christian if your spiritual life grows only through sermons. Worship doesn't work when it is done vicariously through a preacher"