Killer Q & A

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Hey TD!

Those who went to the Ligonier conference last week were treated to a wonderfully rich time of teaching, theology, and a deeper knowledge of the God of the Bible.  This was the Upward Prong of our 3-pronged approach to the Christian life.

One particular treat were the Q & A sessions – one with Dr. RC Sproul and one with the rest of the speakers.  There is always lots of candor and humor that accompany the insight and truth shared.

Below is a Q & A session from LIgonier’s National Conference a couple of months ago with Dr. RC Sproul, Dr. John MacArthur, Dr. Albert Mohler, and Dr. Steven Lawson. Below is the list of questions discussed:

Questions:

1. Dr. MacArthur, can you tell us about the Shepherds Conference? (1:09)
2. How do you explain the term “Reformed” to a someone unfamiliar to Reformed teaching? (2:34)
3. Is our still heart deceitfully wicked after we are born again? (4:47)
4. How should I share the gospel when it could cost me my job? (7:08)
5. Is it biblical to say God “loves you” to believers and nonbelievers alike? (9:32)
6. What does it mean when we confess that Jesus has a reasonable soul? (13:05)
7. Dr. MacArthur, you spoke at 2016 Shepherds Conference about clergy malpractice. What did you mean by that? (17:08)
8. How can I best prepare students to live their faith out in public schools? (19:17)
9. How do I counsel a Reformed mother who is married to a Roman Catholic? (22:25)
10. With the rise of seeker-sensitive churches, how do we understand biblically ‘seeking’ God? (25:02)
11. How do you define a false teacher? How much error is needed before they are considered false? (32:23)
12. How is the current cultural climate forcing the “mushy middle” out of the church? (35:55)
13. Giving the failure of ecumenical movements, how do you promote unity in doctrine? (37:59)

Note: Answers given during Panel Discussions reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries.

Enjoy!

TD at Ligonier Conference Friday

Why We Can’t Choose God

Does God Hate the Sin But Love the Sinner?

Hey TD!

We just got back from having dinner with our good friends at Ligonier Ministries, the Teaching Fellowship of RC Sproul, and I’m really excited for our outing on Friday and Saturday!

So, just a reminder that TD will NOT be at church on Friday.  Instead, we will be “Discovering the God of the Bible” with Ligonier Ministries.   If you want to join us, either on Friday or Saturday, let your small group leader know asap.

Otherwise, we’ll see you next Friday for our final TD meeting of the year!

In the meanwhile, enjoy RC’s teaching above on “Why We Can’t Choose God” and “Does God Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner?”  They are short, but very poignant, and more importantly … true. – Arthur

TD – RSVP NOW for “Discovering the God of the Bible”!

2017 Regional Conference

Hey TD!

This weekend, we will have an amazing opportunity to go Upward and engage with God through deep, rich, God-focused theology! TD will be heading to Ligonier Ministries’ “Discovering the God of the Bible” conference on Friday and Saturday!

This will be a fantastic opportunity to not only hear the exploring and preaching of God’s word with excellence, but it will be an opportunity to hear the legendary John MacArthur in person.  Being under his preaching in itself is a treasured experience..  As he is closing in on 80, I don’t know how many more opportunities you will have.  His preaching itself is worth the price of admission.  Speaking of admission, the price for you TD’ers is … FREE!  Unfortunately, that’s not true for TD leaders 😦

The cost for TD’ers is FREE, but you do have to register!

You do have to register, however.  So, if you are able to come Friday or Saturday or both, please contact your small group leader ASAP and give him/her your name, age, mailing address, email address, and when you can go.

We will meet at church at 4:45 p.m. on Friday and at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

I need to turn in our registration on Wednesday morning!  Let us know ASAP! – Arthur

Schedule

Friday, June 09 2017

Start End Description Speaker
6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Sovereign Over All

“The Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth” (Ps. 47:2). God is Lord of all, sovereign over everything in creation, actively governing it to fulfill His good and holy purposes. This session will present the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God, explaining how His sovereign providence is a comfort to believers.

Julius Kim
7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Holy, Holy, Holy

“The Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness” (Isa. 5:16). The one, true God is set apart from all other gods—indeed, apart from all creation—in His holiness. This session will explore the holiness of God, emphasizing its importance in understanding who God is.

Stephen Nichols

Saturday, June 10 2017

Start End Description Speaker
8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

A God Merciful & Gracious

God revealed Himself to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6). This session will discuss the mercy and grace of God, making sure to note that these attributes are understood rightly only against the backdrop of God’s perfect justice and righteousness.

W. Robert Godfrey
10:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m.

None Other

“I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God” (Isa. 45:5). Counterfeit religions and philosophies present views of God or the gods that are ultimately the creation of humanity’s imagination. The God of the Bible, however, is like none of these beings. This session will consider the uniqueness of God in a world full of false gods.

John MacArthur
11:15 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Questions & Answers

A questions and answers session with Dr. R.C. Sproul (live via video).

12:45 p.m. 1:15 p.m.

Optional Session: Learning to Love the Psalms

Throughout history, Christians have turned to the book of Psalms to inform their worship, prayers, and understanding of Christ. This session will look at the significance of the biblical psalms and why we should turn to them in worship and in private study.

W. Robert Godfrey
1:15 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

Optional Session: Seeing Christ in all the Scriptures

Christ Himself testified to the fact that Scripture leads us to Him (John 5:39). This session will consider how the Old and New Testaments testify to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Julius Kim
2:00 p.m. 2:50 p.m.

Question & Answers

A questions and answers session with Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Julius Kim, Stephen Nichols, and John MacArthur.

3:30 p.m. 4:25 p.m.

The Lord Is My Salvation

“The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1). God is the source and goal of our salvation, and He saves people from His wrath for the sake of His glory. This session will look at the Lord as the One who initiates, sustains, and completes our salvation, directing us to live lives of gratitude and worship for what He has done for us.

John MacArthur

What Does a Repentant Life Look Like?

Hey TD,

In our last post, we asked you whether you have really repented from your sin.  If you haven’t, that means you are still walking away from Christ and walking deeper and deeper into the canyons of lostness.   You need to be reconciled to the God of the universe .

If you have repented and God has made that turn around in your life, and if you’re wondering what a repentant life looks like, watch the video above from Rosario Butterfield, who shares about her conversion story honestly from being a former active lesbian to surrendering to Christ and His love.  It’s quite a riveting story and a testament to the power of God to change lives.

Enjoy this and let it encourage your soul! – Arthur.

TD Outing – “reTHINK” Apologetics Student Conference (9/25 – 9/26)

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Hey TD!

As we shared last Friday, TD will be heading down to Orange County next weekend (Sept. 25-26) to help provoke each other and our peers to “rethink their worldview, recapture the truth, and then reengage the world for the cause of Christ.”  It’s going to be very valuable for you personally and for your effectiveness in fulfilling your calling as an ambassador of Christ to your world.

We had a great time of learning and sharpening last year, and look forward to honing our understanding and skills once again.

This is the last weekend to sign up to go with TD and to get the TD deal (we’ll pay half your tuition!!).  So, don’t delay!  Bring your $20 and sign up with Sandra at TD on Friday or before Sunday School this Sunday.  Hope you can join us!

Here’s the link to all the details:

reThink Student Apologetics Conference web site

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us.” 2Cor. 5:20

This is Higher Education???

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Hey TD!

As the school year is now fully underway for you, there are a host of TD alum who have begun another year of “higher education” at colleges and universities across the country; and I wonder if their time in TD was able to help do its part in supporting, challenging, and equipping them spiritually during their years with us … because for many, it’s a spiritual battle – socially, academically, and spiritually.

A few years ago, one TD alum of a major local public university told me that the professor opened the class asking if there were any Christians in the class; because if there were, they wouldn’t be by the time the semester was over.  Another from a prestigious Ive League school emailed me to tell me that she walked out of her class because of the strong assault on her Christian faith by the professor.

At another prominent private university’s Honors English course, the student showed me the very first writing assignment.  The teacher gave the class two paragraphs to begin their essays with; then the students were to complete the essay by finding evidence to support the opening paragraphs.  Here were the opening paragraphs:

  “In contrast to some of the differences between God and human beings commonly assumed in Western culture, Anthony Heck’s poem ‘Sacrifice’ depicts the God of the Hebrew Bible and human beings as having in common a frightening power to determine life or death, and a terrifying, even capricious will, whether good or evil, whose chief purpose above all else seems to be to command others’ obedience; even a sacrificing of a family’s most basic family values or of the human rights of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

     The Scriptural sources for this poem, Heck implies, represent a God whose chief interest is obedience, not love; whose chief interest is punishment, not mercy; revenge, not justice; fear, not human happiness.  The following textual evidence from Genesis, Exodus, and/or 1Samuel supports Heck’s interpretation of these frightening correspondences between God and human kind.

Finish the essay.”

I asked the student if there would be another essay to be able to present the other side.  He said, no, and asked what he should do.  To hear what I told him to do, listen here.

Should you encounter one of these experiences when you head off to college, how will you respond?  Are you equipped?

This month at TD, we plan to offer you some help:

9/12 – Movie and discussion

9/26 – 9/27 – “RETHINK” Student Apologetics Conference  – We want you TD’ers to come so much that we’ll pay for half of your registration costs.  Just sign up at TD this Friday.

See you this Friday! – Arthur

Change in TD plans! TD to see Ravi & Os this Friday!

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Hey TD’ers:

My family just spent the last two weekends retreating with Joni and Friends and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.  They were two glorious, life-inspiring, vision-setting, soul-stirring, mind sharpening weekends that were much needed and much appreciated.  I’m scheduled to shadow Ravi this Friday afternoon and evening as he speaks at an apologetics conference in Costa Mesa.  Then, I found out that it is not only open to the public, but is free!

So, in keeping with our belief that “when you have an opportunity to be around greatness, seize it,” the leadership at TD decided to take that opportunity and adjust our TD schedule.  We will hear from two prolific, world-renowned authors, thinkers, speakers, Dr. Os Guinness and Dr. Ravi Zacharias.

Os will be speaking on “Renaissance: Living Confidently in the Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times.”  Ravi will be speaking on “Apologetics in the 21st Century.”

Sooo … here’s the plan for this Friday:  MEET AT CHURCH AT 5:45 p.m. WE WILL LEAVE AT 6 p.m. 

Please RSVP with your small group leader ASAP, so we can arrange the rides.

Please try to arrange your schedules.  You will be edified and challenged.  If you cannot make it, we will see you next Friday at our regular time!

For more info about the conference, click here

– Arthur