One of our member churches, Iglesia Cristiana Gracia Soberana in Juarez, Mexico, is hosting a pastors conference May 29–31 called Faithful to His Call. Message topics will include the centrality of the gospel in ministry, the centrality of the church in God's purposes, and faithfulness in preaching in ministry.
Sugel Michelén, who pastors Iglesia Biblica del Señor Jesucristo in the Dominican Republic and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition, will be the guest speaker for the event. Carlos Contreras, the senior pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Gracia Soberana, will also be speaking. There will also be a pre-conference Expository Preaching Workshop hosted by the Charles Simeon Trust.
Pastors from different cities in Mexico are attending, as well as pastors from several Southwest U.S. cities, Central America, and the Canary Islands. There will also be a live stream provided so that even more people can benefit from the conference.
If you're interested in attending, registration is available on the conference website (but please note that the Expository Preaching Workshop is already full). If you aren't able to attend, consider watching the conference on live stream. Information about the live stream will be posted on the website. Please join us in praying that the conference would be fruitful, that those there would be encouraged, and even that this conference would result in church plants in the future. If you’re interested in supporting work in Mexico like this, consider giving to our Mission Fund and designating your gift for Mexico.
Una de nuestras iglesias, Iglesia Cristiana Gracia Soberana en Juárez, México, organizará la conferencia para pastores “Fieles a Su Llamado”, del 29 al 31 de Mayo. Los temas incluyen la centralidad del evangelio en el ministerio, la centralidad de la iglesia en los propósitos de Dios, y la fidelidad en la predicación.
Sugel Michelén, pastor de la Iglesia Bíblica del Señor Jesucristo en la República Dominicana, y miembro del concilio de La Coalición por el Evangelio, será el predicador invitado del evento. Carlos Contreras, el pastor principal de Iglesia Cristiana Gracia Soberana, tambien predicará un mensaje. Además, previo a la conferencia habrá un taller sobre Predicación Expositiva por parte del Charles Simeon Trust.
Pastores de diferentes ciudades en México asistirán a esta conferencia, así como pastores de suroeste de Estados Unidos, de Centroamérica, y de las Islas Canarias. El evento será transmitido en vivo para beneficio de los que no puedan asistir.
Si le interesa asistir, puede registrarse en el sitio web de la conferencia. Tenga en cuenta que el taller de Predicación Expositiva ya está lleno. Si no puede asistir, considere la transmisión en vivo. La información sobre la transmisión en vivo será publicada en el sitio de la conferencia.
Por favor únanse a nosotros en oración para que esta conferencia dé mucho fruto, para que los que estén allí sean animados, y aun para que esta conferencia resulte en plantación de más iglesias en el futuro. Si está interesado en apoyar esta y otras obras en México, considere dar a nuestro Fondo de Misiones y especifíque que su contribución es para México.
March 11, 2014 by
Categories: Conferences | Music | Worship
WorshipGod UK: Called to Be Faithful took place in Bath, England last week. Enjoy some photos from the conference below, and follow Sovereign Grace Music on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive more updates.
Pre-conference intensive for worship leaders by Bob Kauflin:
Craig Cabaniss: Faithful to Receive:
Jeff Purswell: Faithful to Proclaim:
Bob Kauflin: Faithful to Engage:
Nathan Smith: Faithful to Serve:
Singing at WorshipGod UK:
February 11, 2014 by
Categories: Articles | Conferences
If you are attending the Together For the Gospel Conference this year, you may also want to consider attending the National Conference of The Council On Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which is being held immediately prior to Together For the Gospel in Louisville, Kentucky.
The conference, which is being held on Tuesday, April 8th, from 8:30 - 12:00, is entitled "A Brave New Movement: CBMW and the Gospel". The theme of the conference is as follows:
Complementarians are in a major cultural moment. We've seen our biblically-driven movement grow and spread all over the world in the last few decades. Tens of thousands of churches have reaped encouragement from CBMW, and have continued to preach the same biblical truth on sexuality and gender that Christians have believed for millennia. Today, we're seeing challenges to God's wisdom sprout like weeds all over the culture. Believers need to be equipped to handle these challenges, and to answer questions like these: How can believers respond well to these challenges? How do gender roles relate to the gospel? Where is complementarianism headed?
Although only 3 ½ hours long, the conference is packed with speakers doing 20 minute “TED Talk”-style presentations. Presenters include John Piper, David Platt, Al Mohler, Russell Moore, Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, Eric Mason, and Owen Strachan. There will also be a women’s panel.
Jeff Purswell, who is the Dean of the Sovereign Grace Pastor's College and the Sovereign Grace Director of Theology and Training, serves on CBMW's Board of Directors.
You can register for the conference here.
December 6, 2013 by
Categories: Articles | Conferences | Worship
I’m excited to let our European friends know that Sovereign Grace Music will be hosting our first WorshipGod UK conference 5th-8th March, 2014, in Bath, England. The theme is Called to be Faithful.
WorshipGod UK is designed to encourage and equip pastors, musicians, vocalists, songwriters, tech personnel, those involved in planning or leading congregational worship, and anyone who wants to grow in their understanding and practice of biblical worship.
The lineup of speakers and musicians includes Mike Reeves, Jeff Purswell,Tim Chester, Craig Cabaniss, Donald Whitney, Stuart Townend, Nathan and Lou Fellingham, Philip Percival, and more.
The idea for doing a UK conference came as a result of talking to Nathan Smith, pastor of Grace Church, a Sovereign Grace church in Bristol. He wanted to equip the musicians in his church and as we talked the vision grew. Why not seek to serve leaders and musicians in other churches? I suggested we could do something similar to what we had done this year at WorshipGod West and WorshipGod East and he agreed to do the groundwork in the UK.
My burden for this conference is to encourage and equip those who faithfully labor in their churches, week in and week out, to serve God’s people through word and song. They may not have a CD or be known outside their community. But they’re faithfully stewarding the gift of proclaiming God’s Word and the gospel through song.
But what does faithfulness look like as a leader? As a musician? As a songwriter? As a sound engineer? How do we make sure we’re keeping the main things the main things? How do we resist the world’s definitions of success and pursue what matters to God?
We’ll be discussing these questions and more at WorshipGod UK. The main sessions will address how God calls us to be faithful to receive his grace, proclaim the gospel, engage with him, serve others, grow in our knowledge and skills, and prepare people for eternal realities.
You’ll also be able to attend 4 of 26 seminars, with topics including planning your meeting, the leader’s relationships, working with other generations, songwriting, making room for the Spirit’s leading, prayer, sound applications, as well as vocal and instrumental classes.
And if the conference isn’t enough for you, you can also register for a pre-conference intensive on Wednesday afternoon (1-4:30pm) where I’ll be speaking specifically to those whose responsibility is to plan and lead corporate worship. I’ll be covering topics that include the role of the worship leader, pastoring through song, and a leader’s relationships.
Rates are available for individuals, groups of 5+, and students. Super early bird rates last through December 7! So when we say super early bird, that’s what we mean.
You can check out the WorshipGod UK website for more information.
And please help us spread the word!
November 22, 2013 by
Relate is a conference that Sovereign Grace Church of Gilbert, Arizona began in 2012 with a desire to create lasting, Christ-centered friendships among Christian young adults from various cities and churches through biblical teaching and intentional fellowship.
What You'll Learn at Relate
Relate 2014: A Godly Life will explore the biblical calling of godliness. If you are a Christian, the Bible calls you to live a godly life. Yet, between the influences of our sinful hearts and godless culture, our vision can easily go blurry. The Bible, however, is not blurry when it comes to describing godliness. We want to explore the depths of God’s Word and remind ourselves what it means to yearn for and seek after this wonderful yet difficult calling.
The messages from C.J. Mahaney, Bob Kauflin, Rich Richardson, and Jason Hansen will each touch on a different aspect of this biblical reality:
A Godly Life is a Gospel-Centered Life
A Godly Life is a Life of Worship
A Godly Life is a Life of Discipline
A Godly Life is a Life of a Sojourner and Pilgrim
A Godly Life is a Life of Suffering
We hope you walk away more encouraged and excited to live your life for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ as you seek to grow in godliness.
Registration is now open, so sign up now to join us for Relate 2014!
When: January 9–11, 2014
Where: Sovereign Grace Church of Gilbert, Arizona
Who: For singles age 18+
November 4, 2013 by
Categories: Conferences | Transfer | Video
“God’s glory ultimately resides in God’s own inner being, in God’s own inner relationship as Father and Son and Holy Spirit.”
Sinclair Ferguson shared a message on God's Glory at Transfer, focusing on the glory of God displayed in the Trinity. Video of the message is now available below, along with key quotes.
“God after all is God, and he is not man. He is the Creator of the ends of the earth, and he brought it into being simply by speaking a few words. It shouldn’t surprise that we are not able to grasp the magnitude of his inner being.”
“Whenever crisis comes, our instinct should be to go to God the Father through God the Son by God the Holy Spirit.”
Tonight we heard from Ian McConnell. Ian is the pastor for Preaching and Vision at Grace Bible Church in Philadelphia, PA.
NOTE: You can download or listen to the message here.
TEXT: Mark 6:7-14
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts — but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them. King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known.
One of the incredible things God does is accomplish his mission through frail people. God uses us, his people, to accomplish his mission. And God is not accomplishing his mission by sending just a few people on the mission. Every believer in every church is called to the mission of proclaiming the gospel. Every believer should embrace the motto: "Saved by Jesus, sent by Jesus."
Every disciple of Jesus is sent by Jesus on mission with the gospel.
If you don't have an identity you don't know what you are supposed to be doing. Identity drives activity. One of the greatest threats to us as Christians is forgetting who we are. If we neglect our gospel identity we will lose our sense of direction and calling. If we forget our identity as sent people we will be weak in outreach, church planting, and taking the gospel to the nations. We do what we because we are who are. If we forget who we are in Christ we will be weak. If we neglect our identity as sent people we will be weak in mission. Our identity drives our activity.
Therefore we must lead our churches in embracing our identity as people sent by Jesus. In Mark 6:7-14 we find a description of our identity as sent and a pattern of living the sent life.
There are four questions which emerge from this text. First...
WHO IS SENT?
Jesus sends all disciples on mission. In Mark 6:7 we read, "And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits." Jesus called his disciples to himself, and he sent them out. And Jesus didn't just send out the twelve disciples. In Luke 10:1 Jesus sent out seventy-two unnamed disciples. The pattern we see emerging in the New Testament is Jesus sending out all the disciples to proclaim the gospel. All the disciples of Jesus were sent on mission.
As disciples we too are sent on mission by Jesus. Mission isn't for a few, mission is for all. All of us are called to be on a mission for Jesus Christ. Every disciple of Jesus is sent on mission by Jesus.
So where will the future church planters and church planting teams come from? From local church members who are already living out their identity as sent ones. In our local churches God is assembling an army of sent ones.
Pastors, are we equipping the members of our churches to be sent? Are we encouraging the members of our churches to embrace their identities as sent ones?
We see Jesus sending out ordinary people. But this is good because we serve an extraordinary God! God uses ordinary men and women to accomplish extraordinary things. The disciples Jesus sent were very ordinary. Most of them were hard-working, blue-collar guys. They weren't elite, educated people. They were just ordinary, everyday folks who made a lot of mistakes.
This shows us that the fulfillment of God's mission doesn't depend on the missionary but on the call and equipping of the One who sends. Jesus sent out the twelve not because they were specialists but to prove that God uses the weak to accomplish great things on his behalf.
Jesus sends us out in community. When Jesus sent out the disciples he sent them out two by two. Why? Because they needed each other. No disciple is sufficiently gifted to carry out the mission of Christ. Community and mission are not two separate things. Rather, they are tightly integrated. The Book of Acts shows the church on mission together. The church in Acts was knit tightly together and was simultaneously adding more people to their number. Community and mission are not opposed to one another, they work together in tandem.
How will the world know we are disciples of Christ? By the love we have for one another. By our Christian communities. The greatest apologetic for the Christian life is the love we have for one another. As we live out the Christian life together we provide a front row seat for those who desperately need Jesus. We demonstrate the reality of the gospel as we welcome one another in Christ.
Pastors, do we lead our churches to see the interplay of community and mission or do we speak of them as if they are separate categories?
The second question which emerges from this text is...
WHAT ARE WE SENT FOR?
Christ sends us out with a very particular purpose and agenda. We see this agenda in verses 8-13.
First, we are charged to connect relationally. In verses 8-10 Jesus says, "He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts — but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there."
Jesus wanted his disciples to connect relationally with the people they were sent to. They would have to eat and sleep in people's homes. They would have to get to know the people they were reaching out to. They would reach people in the midst of their ordinary lives. We also need to reach out and engage relationally with those who don't know Jesus. We need to build relationships with those who don't know Christ. We need to reach people in the midst of their ordinary lives.
Pastors, do we lead our people to have such packed schedules that they don't have time to connect with the lost?
We are sent to connect relationally so that we can proclaim the gospel. In verse 12 we read, "So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent." The disciples clearly proclaimed the gospel. They called people to respond to the message of Christ.
As sent ones we must proclaim Christ. As sent ones we must tell of the One God himself sent. We must tell people that there is hope for sinners through Jesus.
Pastors, are we equipping our churches to proclaim the content of the gospel? Are we equipping our people to share the words of the gospel?
We also need to communicate to people that there are serious consequences for rejecting the gospel. The disciples were commanded to shake off the dust of any city which rejected the gospel. The disciples had to courageously proclaim the gospel as well as the consequences of rejecting the gospel.
When we call people to repentance we are not just calling them to stop sinning. We are also calling them to embrace the infinite glory of Jesus.
Pastors, are we equipping our churches to proclaim the gospel courageously? Are we equipping the members of our churches to present the infinite glory of Jesus? Are we helping the members of our churches be appropriately sobered by the reality of Hell?
Jesus also sends us to demonstrate the power of the gospel in deed. In verse 13 we read, "And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them." Word and deed always go together. Only the proclamation of the gospel saves, but God often uses good works alongside of the proclamation of the gospel. Jesus doesn't just send us to say things, he also sends us to do things.
The third question which emerges from this text is...
HOW CAN WE DO WHAT WE ARE SENT TO DO?
Jesus sends us with his authority and ability. We see this in verse 7, which reads, "And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits." The disciples were sent out with the very authority of Jesus. Jesus had authority over demons, the Devil, death, and disease. In Matthew 28 Jesus says that ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. When he sends his disciples out he shares his authority with the disciples.
Jesus also shares his authority with us. He sends us on his mission with his authority. The very presence of Christ is with us and in us when we are sent on his mission. The presence of Christ is mediated to us through the Holy Spirit.
So why can we expect people to respond to the gospel? Because we are sent with the authority of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Why should we expect people to be delivered from Satan when we speak? Because we are sent with the authority of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
In and of ourselves we are weak. But we are sent with the authority and the ability of the risen Christ. The same Spirit which raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same Spirit which fills us and enables us for mission. Is there anything the Spirit can't do? No!
Pastors, are we helping the members of our churches to proclaim the gospel with the authority of Christ by the power of the Spirit?
The final question which emerges from the text is...
WHY ARE WE SENT?
Verse 14 answers the question for us. "King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known." As the disciples went out and proclaimed the name of Jesus his name became known. This is our motivation! We are sent so that the name of Jesus might become known. We are sent so that the spotlight might be put upon Jesus.
Our mission is all about spreading the fame of Jesus.
We have so much hope for our mission. As pastors let's lead our churches in this. Let's encourage the members of our churches to embrace their God-given identity as sent ones.
The mission will be successful. Why? Because Jesus himself is in it.
NOTE: You can download or listen to the message here.
In just a few days many pastors and their wives from within Sovereign Grace Ministries, as well as men and women who are friends of Sovereign Grace Ministries, will come together in Orlando for our annual pastors conference. I am very, very excited for our conference. Why am I so excited? Here are several reasons why.
- Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve prayed for all of the pastors and wives who are registered for the conference by name. As you know, when you pray for people you carry them on your heart, so I can’t wait to see how God will use this conference to strengthen them and refresh them. I believe God will use the conference to strengthen the weary, lift the discouraged, and build up the pastors and their wives.
- Sovereign Grace pastors and wives are some of my favorite people. Honestly, I'm just looking forward to hanging out with them! I can't wait to laugh, pray, fellowship, and eat with them.
- The theme of the conference is Hope Abounding (Romans 15:13), and I believe God is going to impart hope to each of us as we move forward in gospel mission. It's no secret that the past several years have been very challenging for us in Sovereign Grace. I believe God will use this conference to infuse all in attendance with fresh hope for the future.
- The desire of the Leadership Team is to make this conference a spiritual and relational highlight for our pastors this year. In regards to being a spiritual highlight, I’m very excited about the teaching we have planned.
- Ray Ortlund Jr. is going to preach on revival and I think his message will stir us with fresh faith for true, Spirit-driven revival.
- The ladies (most of them pastors wives) who are attending the conference make huge sacrifices as their husbands serve in ministry. We wanted to show our appreciation for them by having a Women’s Breakout Session which Jani Ortlund is teaching. I know it will encourage them.
- I’m excited because I love singing to Jesus and worshiping God with our pastors and wives. I can't wait to lift my voice along with hundreds of other men and women in praise to our Savior.
- I’m excited because we have pastors traveling from 10 different countries to participate in this conference.
- I’m excited because when SG pastors and wives are together there is much laughter and joy.
- I’m excited because I really do believe God is going to use this conference to move SG ahead into making disciples of all nations.
Would you please join me in praying for our Pastor's Conference? Please pray for your pastor and his wife by name. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would be active in our midst. And above all, please pray that Jesus will be glorified.
September 23, 2013 by
Categories: Conferences | Transfer | Video
The video from Kevin DeYoung's message from Transfer on God's Design is now available. Watch it below. A few key points and quotes from Kevin:
- Eager Posture
“Gender makes no difference in how much God loves you. Gender does make a difference in how you love God.”
“The woman is intentional to find ways to help and is eager to accept the role as a helper, and the man is intentional to find ways he might lead and accept the responsibilities of a leader.”
Sovereign Grace is a family of churches devoted to seeing the gospel proclaimed to all those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior. One of the ways we participate in gospel advancement is through the planting of churches. Church planting has always been in our DNA, and we pray it always will be. That’s why we get excited when other people have the same vision. The folks organizing Plant New England are some friends who talk about and live out the same mission we do. And as partners in the gospel, we want to support them in their efforts to see the gospel spread. Sovereign Grace, along with 9Marks, The Gospel Coalition and The NETS Institute for Church Planting are sponsoring Plant New England. This conference is designed to equip churches and church planters to plant gospel-driven church in the New England areas.
The conference (October 14-15) will be held in the Boston, Massachusetts area and is titled True Conversion: Church Planters As Soul Physicians. As their website states, the theme is focused on the church planters preparation as competent soul physicians. Current church planters, future church planters, men and women who desire to participate in a church plant—anyone excited about church planting—is invited to attend. Main session speakers include Mark Dever, Stephen Um, Jim Hamilton and Wes Pastor. Among the breakout session teachers, is our own Executive Director, Mark Prater, who is teaching a breakout session titled The Church-Planting Church: Multiplying Conversions.
For more details on the conference, visit www.plantnewengland.org/ or follow us on twitter at @plantne.