Together for the Gospel Conference: Top 5 Highlights

In no particular order…

1. The Singing
Worship through song consisted of Bob Kauflin, a piano, and 7,000 people. We sang some of my favorite hymns including My Hope is Built (The Solid Rock), It is Well, And Can it Be That I Should Gain, and more.

We also sang some songs that I am less familiar with. My favorites being All I Have is Christ (FREE DOWNLOAD) by Jordan Kauflin and a hymn by John Newton called I Asked the Lord.

2. Teaching
This is a given. To sit under the teaching (9 General Sessions and a Breakout Session) of Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, Al Mohler, Ligon Duncan, Thabiti Anyabwile, John MacArthur, John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, and Matt Chandler was a huge blessing to my soul and thousands of others. I’ll be processing my 22 pages of notes over the next couple of months.

***All of the mp3s will be available for FREE at

3. Books
By the end of the conference we each had 20 free books! Not to mention the book store fully stocked with gospel-centered materials at discounted prices. This was another encouraging example of the desire to know Christ in a deeper way.

4. People
The four of us (Ken, Tyler, Andy, and myself) had some great times of fellowship over meals, in our hotel rooms, and with new friends. Simply being around others who have a passion for the gospel can greatly encourage a minister.

5. C.J. Mahaney
My most specific highlight is C.J.’s address to ‘Ordinary Pastors’ during the final session yesterday. We had just sat through session after session of solid teaching from some of the most gifted pastors and teachers in the church today.  He humbly reminded us that most pastors aren’t unusually gifted.

We are ordinary pastors. But that’s ok because our task to preach the gospel in and out of season (2 Timothy 4) is an extraordinary one.

Mahaney shared a quote from Charles Spurgeon that is an encouragement to all Christians in their preaching of the gospel

Wesley and Whitfield may preach the gospel better than I do but they can never preach a better gospel.”

Lord willing, I will attend Together for the Gospel again in 2012. You should too!


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