A Challenging Suggestion
Back in 2009 Ligonier Ministries hosted a Conference for Pastors and Leaders called "Pillars of the Christian Faith." It was described in the following way:
"While always initiated and empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit, history tells us that the most powerful periods of church renewal and reformation follow the efforts of Christian leaders to teach the Word of God accurately. These gifted teachers held in common a solid grounding in the essential truths of the prophetic and apostolic writings, the foundation upon which Christ builds His church. Christian leaders today must likewise be established in these biblical truths if the church would enjoy a new reformation.
In Ligonier Ministriesâ€™ 2009 Ministry Leadership Conference, â€œPillars of the Christian Faith,â€ Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, and R.C. Sproul seek to equip you for effective, biblical leadership based upon the essential truths of the Christian faith."
The sessions were as follows:
1. Creation and Providence (Sproul)
2. Our Sovereign God (Lawson)
3. Thy Word is Truth (Ferguson)
4. Questions and Answers
5. The Word became Flesh (Duncan)
6. The Holy Spirit (Ferguson)
7. Created in God's Image (Duncan)
8. Cosmic Treason (Sproul)
9. Saved by Grace (Lawson)
10. Vespers Service - The Gospel of Reconciliation (Ferguson)
11. The Church and Sacraments (Duncan)
12. The Last Things (Ferguson)
You can now watch the entire conference for free. What a gift this is!
Over the next couple of weeks, (as difficult as it may be amidst your busy schedule) may I make a suggestion that you carve out an hour to sit with your Bible, notebook and pen and watch one of these sessions each day?
I would also encourage you to allow for time to reflect on the truth you hear and to pray that it may effect both change, new focus and refreshing of vision in your heart, life, and ministry to others. I suggest this because I believe your soul will be greatly enriched by this process, just as mine has been.
If you willing (and able) to take on this challenge here's the link. May God richly bless you and empower you for all He has called you to do. - John S.