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Every year there is a big Pastor’s conference where pastors and church leaders who believe in faithful expository preaching and the Biblical Gospel meet in Southern California call the Shepherd’s Conference.  It will be on March 4-6.

I have been blessed in the past by the fellowship, preaching and good food in this conference in the past.  I won’t be going to it this year.

Anyone on here that is going?

Here is the schedule:

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Are you are at the Shepherd’s Conference?  I have to go in and out of this conference given my ministry responsibilities.  Its one of our nation’s top conference for those who are biblically minded and rally around sound doctrines of the Gospel.

Need book recommendations to use your 50 dollars gift cards on at the Conference bookstore?  Let us help. =)

My favorite publisher is Presbyterian and Reformed.

Here’s the books I recommend with links to my reviews.  If they are sold out my review also give links to how you can order them online.

Review: Loving Your Friend through Cancer

Short Summary: Among the top book I read last year.

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

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Every year there is a big Pastor’s conference where pastors and church leaders who believe in faithful expository preaching and the Biblical Gospel meet in Southern California call the Shepherd’s Conference.  It will be on March 5–8.

I have been blessed by the fellowship, preaching and good food in this conference.

This year theme will center around the theme, “Faithful.”

Anyone on here that is going?

Here is the schedule:

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I’m here blogging at the Shepherd’s Conference.  Mark Dever, Pastor at Capital Hill Baptist Church taught a seminar on how to build a healthy church.  It was very edifying and helpful.

Here are the top 5 quotes form his message.

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I love the amount of books from various publishers at the Shepherd’s Conference.

Here are the solid biblical books I recommend from the Conference that are deals but they fly below the radar of being publicized like in the Conference’s bulletins.  Note these books can be purchased online as well and I have linked them online in case they are no longer available.  Also I have linked to my book reviews.

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Shepherd’s Conference (a conference for Pastors and Preachers) was a few weeks ago with the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the theme of “We Preach Christ.”  Some of you who were not there still was able to enjoy the General Sessions because the Conference graciously livestreamed them.  However the various seminar sessions are what some people are looking forward to whether you were in the conference or not since they were more specific and occurred simultaneously with other seminar sessions.  Since there are 19 of them they are something that’s going to take some to time for me to listen through!

I know the official Shepherd’s Conference website says “Media Coming Soon” but the Audio MP3s of the seminar sessions can be downloaded by clicking on the title of the sessions below:

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I’m at the Shepherd’s Conference right now where the most sold book in the conference’s history occurred this year with the new Biblical Doctrines edited by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue.  There’s talk of this book published by Crossway will be translated in many other languages.  I’m looking forward to hear what God can do with this work to equip God’s Church to know God’s truth more accurately in a systematic fashion.

Now I know with every new systematic theology the question some would immediately ask would be “What are its strengths and weaknesses and how will the book present doctrines?”  Systematic theology has also gotten more complex with works discussing or at least accounting for aspect of historical theology, biblical theology, philosophical theology, etc.  While some have criticize systematic theology as “proof texting” I think the game has actually gotten more rigorous and more inter-disciplinary (at least with the various theologies).  For example I think of Crossway’s Foundation Of Evangelical Theology Series and the most recent work I reviewed God the Son Incarnate by Stephen Wellum and how it has dimensions of apologetics, epistemology, biblical theology and historical theology.

So looking at this new work by MacArthur here’s my initial observation.  I’ll be sharing first what I see is a big plus about the book and also one constructive criticism.  I share the constructive criticism humbly, especially when I imagine the incredible amount of hard work that was put into the volume and I am just a lowly reader of theology.

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Al Mohler

This was my notes on Al Mohler’s message during Shepherd’s Conference.  Shepherd’s Conference is a conference for Pastors and church leader at John MacArthur’s church.

John 15

We are seeing an increasing hostility to Christianity in the culture.  The danger is that Evangelicals think if we are clever enough we as Christians can be at peace with the world.

We are going to see in this passage multiple temptations.

There’s a big assumption among people today that there can be neutrality.

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Abner Chou

Dr. Abner Chou is probably the fasting speaking preacher during this year’s Shepherd’s Conference.

I tried to write as much down for my notes from his session but missed quite a bit.

Here’s my notes.  When the audio MP3 comes out later this one is worth listening to especially in the end when he walks us through how the Old Testament anticipate Christ.

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murray-iain

Here’s my brief notes from the Shepherd’s Conference, a big conference for Pastors who are into accurate preaching of God’s Word.

Here are the notes from a session that was more from Church history:

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John 1:1-3 

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Jn 1:1–3.

Dr. Michael Reeves gave a phenomenal message today at Shepherds’ Conference 2017. Some of the key exhilarating truths that lifted my soul were the titles of Christ: the eternal Word and the eternal Son.  The Word shows the position of Christ.  He is ontologically equal with the Father.  The Son shows the unique relationship He has with the Father.  As for the Word, He created the world.  This is Christ’s world. Secular thinking is acidic to this thinking. The heavens can’t help but to exalt Christ because they are His craftsmanship. Instead of having wandering minds, our mind is harnessed when we depend upon God.

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I’m looking forward to this year’s Shepherd’s Conference, a conference for Pastors and church leaders sponsored by Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Pastor.

They even made this neat trailer:

Seems like the theme would be on the Reformation in light of the Reformation’s 500 years anniversary.  Lord willing I’ll be blogging through the sessions on February 28th-March 3rd.

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Shepherds Conference

The Shepherd’s Conference is officially over.  This was one of the most encouraging conference I’ve been to in the last 8 years.  As people are waiting for the audios and videos to be uploaded online for now we’ll make do with the notes from The Master’s Seminary Liveblog of the Conference.

Here’s the list:

Conference Liveblog: Wed. Morning (MacArthur)

Conference Liveblog: Wed. Evening (Duncan)

Conference Liveblog: Thurs. Evening (Mohler)

Conference Liveblog: Fri. Morning (Pennington)

Conference Liveblog: Fri. Afternoon (Washer)

Conference Liveblog: Fri. Evening (MacArthur)

 

If you watch the conference, which sermons did you enjoyed?

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I really enjoy Paul Washer’s sermon today during the Shepherd’s Conference.  That was Christ Centered Preaching!

I wasn’t really able to take much notes but here’s one quote that I was edified with:

Paul Washer study quote

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Note: This is my rough notes from my Kindle.  I shared this because today there are so many unbiblical ideas of what is “success” in the ministry.  This sermon is by a professor at The Master’s Seminary.

Nathan Busenitz

Nathan Busenitz’ Shepherd’s Conference: What does it mean to be successful?

2 Timothy 4

How do you measure success in ministry?  For the last two hundreds years it’s been about numbers…how many attending, how much offering, etc.  But is that how the Word of God measure success?

We must remember success isn’t necessarily a bad word.

Look at Hebrews 11:35; there are suffering.  From the world’s perspective they can hardly be consider successful since successful people don’t get mocking, imprisonment, etc.  If success is measured by prestige and popularity then these men were not successful.  But if success is measured by faithfulness then they were successful.  Many of our heroes of the faith were ridiculed and persecuted from the Bible and history.

Look at Jonah and Jeremiah and the stark contrast.  Jonah had numbers, Jeremiah didn’t but it was Jeremiah was more faithful.

2 Timothy 4 was written by Paul in the last leg of his life and ministry.  It was written to Timothy, a young man who was just beginning his ministry and he needed to be reminded of what is biblica ministry’s success.

Whether you are at the beginning or end of ministry, the principles articulated in this passage applies to all ministers this side of heaven.

Purpose: Three contrasts between worldly versus biblical success.

  1. A contrast in the motivation for service (v.1-5)
  2. A contrast in the measure of success (v.6-8)
  3. A contrast in the mindest about suffering (v.9-15)

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