5 Motivations to Call Others to Repent

Unashamed

I spent last week in Louisville, Kentucky visiting friends and attending Together for the Gospel. The time with friends and the conference was a blessing.

This years conference was subtitled Unashamed. It’s focus was evangelism. While it is a common tactic to make evangelicals feel guilty for not evangelizing the lost, I appreciated that that was not their tactic. Instead of focusing on guilt, they focused on the power of the gospel to make men alive in Christ.

Some motivations that stuck out to me where the ones Thabiti Anyabwile gave. He specifically provided five of which I have highlighted below.

5 Motivations to Call Others to Repent

(1) Repentance is for the joy of heaven, the church and Christ.

(2) Repentance is calling someone to see worth in God’s sight.

(3) Repentance is a call to gain heaven’s greatest pleasures.

(4) Repentance isn’t emphasis on do’s and don’t’s, but on seeing God as He really is.

(5) Repentance is a call to what God calls beautiful.

Question for Reflection

  1. What other gospel-centered motivations would you add to the list above?

Resource

If you would like to hear Thabiti flesh these points out, you can watch his message here.

T4G and Band of Bloggers Resources

This last week I was blessed to be able to attend the Together for the Gospel (T4G) Conference and the Band of Bloggers forum. At each, we received a substantial amount of books. As a way to say thank you to the publishers, I want to highlight the books we received.

Tim Challies has already supplied the list on his blog, so instead of creating a new list, I want to share his list with you guys. If you have never read Tim’s blog, I would highly encourage you to do so.

Together for the Gospel

  • The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Fellowship with God by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (not available online; given in both book and CD format)
  • Listen Up! by Christopher Ash (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Gospel and Kingdom by Graeme Goldsworthy (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Health, Wealth and Happiness by David Jones and Russell Woodbridge (Amazon)
  • Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Carl Trueman (Amazon |Westminster)
  • Turning to God by David Wells (Amazon)
  • What Is the Mission of the Church? by Greg Gilbert and Kevin DeYoung (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Preaching and Preachers: 40th Anniversary Edition by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Amazon | Westminster)
  • How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas (Amazon |Westminster)
  • The Pleasures of God by John Piper (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman (Amazon | Westminster)
  • The Church: The Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever (Amazon | Westminster)
  • 1 Corinthians 1-9: Challenging Church by Mark Dever (The Good Book Company)
  • A T4G special edition of the HCSB

Several of these were special editions created specifically for T4G (including, for example, the books from Piper and Carson).

Band of Bloggers

The couple hundred people who attended Band of Bloggers also received these titles:

  • On Earth As It Is In Heaven by Wyman Lewis Richardson (Amazon)
  • Tribal Church: Lead Small, Impact BIG by Steve Stroope (Amazon)
  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker (Amazon)
  • Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Who Am I?: Identity in Christ by Jerry Bridges (Amazon)
  • A Holy Ambition by John Piper (Amazon)
  • Red Like Blood: Confrontations With Grace by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington (Amazon | Westminster)
  • G.O.S.P.E.L. by D.A. Horton (Amazon)
  • Test, Train, Affirm and Send Into Ministry by Brian Croft (Amazon |Westminster)
  • Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D. Greear (Amazon | Westminster)
  • Subversive: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation by Ed Stetzer (Amazon)
  • The World We All Want by Tim Chester (Amazon)

Thank You

To all those who contributed these resources, thank you. They will serve me and my congregation well over this next year.

Why I am Going to Together for the Gospel

Bright and early tomorrow morning I am flying to Louisville, KY with three other friends to attend the Together for the Gospel (T4G) Conference. I am excited, and I can’t wait to go! But why? Why have I made it a priority in my busy schedule as a pastor to attend this conference?

Why I am Going to Together for the Gospel

(1) Teaching

The men who will be speaking at this conference are godly men that have been blessed by God with the ability to shepherd other pastors. They are firmly grounded in the Word and all their counsel will be as well. I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say about the gospel, as well as learning more about how the gospel applies to my life, my ministry, and my church.

(2) Books

I love books, they are essential tools for any minister, and there will be tons of vendors at the conference. The best thing is that these vendors will have hand selected a number of solid books and they will be selling them at a discounted price. As well as there will be a lot of books given away for free, which is probably the best part. I plan on coming back with a suitcase full, so much so that I am packing as light as possible, in order to make room for more books. If it is not a necessity, I am not bringing it. I am hoping these books will not only serve to educate me, but that they will also serve my congregation.

(3) Fellowship

I have found that conferences are a great time to meet other godly men from around the country, as well as it is a great time to spend with friends. I am looking forward to connecting with those I have not seen since my last conference, meeting new people, and hanging with my friends I am traveling with. Above all, I am looking forward to learning how God is working in these men’s lives and churches, as well as hearing how the gospel is being spread in their town, and how they are ministering to their community.

(4) Band of Bloggers

I am looking forward to gathering together with other fellow bloggers at the Band of Bloggers meeting to discuss and learn how we may band together as a united front to spread the gospel to the nations through the internet. As well as I am looking forward to meeting new people and discovering new blogs to add to my RSS reader.

(5) Traveling

I love to travel and learn about new places. I am looking forward to exploring Louisville, KY, seeing the campus of SBTS, and eating at a few local places.