Thursday, May 5, 2011

Advance 11 post conference reflections.

The last two days I have been attending the Advance the Church 2011 conference in Raleigh, NC. From what I have found this is one of the best if not the best conference of its caliber that one can find in the Southeast and maybe on the East coast. I will be taking sometime over the next few posts to blog on some reflections, but these first two initial ones will be a brief recap of notes from each speaker. Day 1:

Alan Hirsch: 

  • Discipleship is a big issue of our day, but the problem is most of us have the language of discipleship, but in reality we are missing it. 
  • Consumerism is winning out, a brand has become our idol.
  • Jesus is both the content and the context of the gospel. 
  • There is a hell of a difference between an ideologue and a disciple.
  • Jesus never commands us to worship, but he does command us to obey, which brings him worship.
Danny Akin: 
-The gospel demands certain practical actions-from Ephesians 4-6:

  1. We develop a body life that teaches and encourages the Christian graces (4:1-3)
  2. We develop a body life that teaches and encourages sound doctrine with a missionary impulse(4:4-6)
  3. We develop a body life that teaches and encourages the exercise of grace gifts (4:7-11)
  4. We develop a body life that teaches and encourages....(4:12-16)
  5. We develop a body life to learn Christ and live as Christ (4:17-5:20)
  6. We develop a body life that teaches and encourages gospel-centered homes (5:21-6:4)
  7. We develop a body life that teaches and encourages gospel-centered workplaces (6:5-9)
  8. We develop a body life that teaches and encourages strategies for spiritual warfare (6:10-17)
  9. We develop a body life that teaches bold proclamation of the gospel (6:18-21)
  10. We develop a body life that teaches love for the Lord Jesus (6:21-24) 
Darrin Patrick: 

  • Most of us our fighting for our character with methods that are not biblical.
  • Legalism comes to jack with how we come to know and grow in Jesus.
  • Biblical fruit equals spiritual maturity.
  • The way you measure your spiritual maturity is by looking to Jesus not others.
  • You are under the law when you take your moral performance and offer it as your reason for salvation.
Eric Mason: 

  • You need leadership, discipleship, and mission in order for a church plant. 
  • For some of y'all shutting your mouth would be missional.
  • We need to posture ourselves as servants in the city that will help develop a change in the city.
  • You need to have a theology of prayer, presence, and peace. 




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