This post is about a resource that will bless you and will build you up in your walk with God.
Recently my friend Buddy Gray (Pastor of Hunter Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama) hosted a conference called “Living Truth: To The Glory of God.“ The speakers were Wayne Grudem, Mark Dever, Russel Moore, and Timothy George (That is an all star lineup!).
My reason for posting this is that you can download the free MP3s of the sessions by clicking here. Each of the messages are decidedly Christ and cross centered. They will bless you in your walk with God!
Make sure you listen to the Q & A of September 15. In it Dr. Grudem talks about the tragic loss of his son’s wife just a few months after they were married. He describes how knowledge of God’s glory helped them through that difficult time then, and continues to strengthen them today. He relates the story through tears of joy and sorrow about how God sustained them in the midst of tragedy.
I bring this particular part of the conference to your attention because it illustrates why doctrine is important. It is what we believe about God that determines how we cope with life when the unexpected happens.
We must mature past what I call a “John 3:16 faith.” Every Christian begins with the basics (John 3:16), but God calls us to grow in our faith and mature in Christ. Consider what is written in Hebrews 5:11-6:3 (Emphasis mine). Ruminate upon this passage and reflect upon how it may apply in your own life…
About this (Christ and salvation through Him) we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. 6:1Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.
I believe that listening to the MP3s of the conference linked above will help you “go on to maturity.” I hope you will take advantage of the excellent resources Hunter Street provided for our encouragement.