I had the privilege of attending a very edifying conference earlier this year. The conference is known as T4G, which is short for Together for the Gospel. The conference describes itself this way: “What began as a friendship between four pastors from across denominational traditions has burgeoned into a biennial conference for thousands of pastors and church leaders who, for all their differences, are committed to standing together for the main thing – the gospel of Jesus Christ.” I have watched or listened to almost all of the main sessions going all the way back to 2006. I recommend these messages for their excellent teaching. They can be accessed here: T4G.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended the conference in person and was particularly impacted by one message. That message was by Mark Dever. Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC and also currently serves as the president of 9Marks. 9Marks describes their work declaring, “we do everything we can to help pastors, future pastors, and church members see what a biblical church looks like, and to take practical steps for becoming one.”
That description definitely applies to the message that Mark Dever delivered at T4G2016. It was impactful for me because it articulated so much of what I believe about church. As I settle in to my role as lead pastor at West London Alliance Church, this message resonated with all that I envision and intend for our church to be because I believe Dever’s ideas about church are based on the Bible. It’s not necessarily that I agree 100% with everything that is said, but rather that the way in which Dever describes church and the challenges he presents to those listening accurately portray the ethos of church as I understand it.
It is my hope that if you are part of West London Alliance Church you would listen and/or watch the message in order to get a sense of what I believe about our life together. You will get a feel for what moves my heart in regards to church. Please pass this on to others who attend WLA if they don't visit this blog. If you do not attend West London Alliance Church, I would still recommend this to you for your consideration.
To access the video and/or audio from the T4G website, click here: Endurance Needed
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