T4G overflow by Dgrouper
I’m floored & humbled by the 1 Tim 4:12 kind of young adults who’ve been connecting with Restore. Last night 2 of them who are part of our new BoEd Dgroup, Matt & Maja Golden, poured into us some of the highlights of the recent T4G Conference. It was so good I asked Maja to put together a blogpost on some of what they shared.
“My heart is reminded of Hebrews 10:24-25 as we met last night. ‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.'”
“John Piper emphasized that being in a small group (missional community, Bible study group, etc.) should awaken in us a “deep, joyful, confident sense that being in a small group of Christians for prayer and ministry to each other” is one of the best things we could do for our own soul and for the good of those around us, for the glory of Christ. When we meet regularly to pray for each other and strengthen each other to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and as we fellowship under Christ, we are reminded that we are all in it for the long-haul. Not only are we given the privilege to meet and learn from one another but we also have the privilege and responsibility as Christians to be committed to the work of the Lord – the spread of the Gospel in full confidence of it’s power.”
Tabithi Anyabwile probed the question, “Will your Gospel transform a terrorist?” He emphasized that the word terrorist is not solely about the stereotypical terrorist but is ultimately about any we are reluctant to share the Gospel with because of terror, or fear – family members, lost friends, neighbors, alcoholics, prostitutes, etc. This statement by Tabithi has buried itself in my mind and my heart:
As a committed Christian, is there an evident mark that certifies that you have a deep and unshakable confidence in the Good News of Jesus, because if you do not, the person you are sharing the Gospel with will know that.
“Unreached and lost people need us to be confident in the Gospel that gave us life in Christ. I have to constantly remind myself that when sharing the Gospel, people will not only look into my doctrine but will look deeply in my life to find evidence of that confidence in Christ. Last night, I had the privilege of bearing witness to that. A young girl looked me in the eyes and just said ‘thank you.’ She shared stories about how she notices the difference in the lives of those who say they are Christian and those who really live like Christians should. This is a solid reminder that our lives should be radically different if we are proclaiming Christ as our Lord. She went on to share, in complete honesty that she wants God in her life but she doesn’t want to rush it. I was encouraged to see the Holy Spirit working in her life to urge her to be an authentic Christian, even if she doesn’t believe in that now, I know the Spirit is doing mighty works in her. As Jeremiah 29:13 reads, “You will seek me and you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart.” She doesn’t want a “False Conversion,” as termed by Mark Dever at T4G, and as committed Christians we must be on guard to clearly articulate the Gospel and be aware not to present a church without holiness, suffering and sacrificial love, and fall into presenting mild versions of prosperity teaching. We are the church, this is our responsibility.
We all long for our lost friends, family and the unreached, to give their lives to Christ. In God’s mercy, we are invited in that mission but as we invest in each other’s lives, we must recognize the danger in frustration and depression in looking for instant fruitfulness when sharing the Gospel. It is our job to be faithful (plant seeds) and is God’s mercy to soften their heart to the understanding of the Gospel. I want to end with an encouragement and instruction from John Piper, a humble, faithful servant of God, as we continue to meet weekly; as we are commissioned to make disciples of all nations we must remember to have faith, pray and wait. Rely solely on God and have full confidence in the Gospel – that which changed your life. As my husband shared last night, we must know that God’s work does not end when He rescues us from bondage, but He equips us to rescue others in the name of Christ.”
God’s work does not end when He rescues us from bondage, but He equips us to rescue others in the name of Christ.