NEXT 2010 Conference: Day Two

Day two started at 8am. It was nice to not have to be up really early since we stayed up pretty late every night. I roomed with Abby and Beth. These two wonderful girls joined our group for the trip to NEXT. It was such a blessing to get to know them! All three of us got ready and then headed over to the convention center to drop off Beth. Abby and I waited in the long line for Starbucks…nothing (even long lines) stops people when they need their coffee! After we bought our smoothies, we headed over to subway to meet the rest of the group. We spent the next 45 minutes talking about Josh’s message the night before. It was really helpful to talk about it again. We each took turns sharing whether we are more on the side of passion for Jesus Christ that lacks theology to define that passion or if we have a lot of knowledge but lack passion for Jesus Christ. The two go hand-in-hand.

Top 4 Favorite Songs from the Day:

Before the Throne of God Above (Bancroft/Cook)

Jesus Paid it All (Trad./Stanfill)

O Great God (Bob Kauflin)

The Prodigal (Baird/Baird)

During the afternoon session, the Prodigal was performed with a video to go along with it. The video is well worth watching. Click HERE to see it.

Session Two: The Gospel (Mark Dever):

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an examples, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to his who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. —1 Peter 2:21-25 (ESV)

Question: As Christians, how do we deal with evil?

    Mark said we deal with evil by looking at Christ’s Unique Life. Jesus never sinned and thus never had a need to ask for forgiveness. Everyday he chose to do good. He is the only sinless Savior, the only one who can atone for sin. Each time we sin, we sin against the completely HOLY God of the universe, PERSONALLY. This is a bad place to be…

    BUT…

    There is good news! The holy God of the universe sent his sinless Son to die on the cross for all of the sins of all who will ever believe in Him. When he died on the cross and then three days later rose again, God approved His son’s work on the cross. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!

    We are sinful. We make excuses. This blinds us to our rebellion against God Almighty. When Jesus was accused, what did he do? He remained silent. Jesus’ response should be our example. We are called to sacrifice and give ourselves to serve others. We are called to suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ.

    FACT: We WILL suffer for following the example of Jesus Christ!

    As we face temptations, we will be displaying Christ and glorifying him. Jesus never retaliated when faced with accusations.

    Questions to ask:

    • What do I do with my bitterness?
    • What do I do when I have been wronged?

    When accused, we must forgive and not retaliate. This is following the way of Christ. We can trust in a God who works all things for good!

    “ And we know that who those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” —Romans 8:28 (ESV)

    Session Three: Scripture (Kevin DeYoung):

    Instead of showing you my notes from this message, I want to recommend listening to this one. I did take notes but, I reviewed them tonight and they are kind of all over the place. I think it would be more confusing than helpful to you. So, take an hour to listen to this message…well worth it! Click HERE to see the page with all of the NEXT messages. I highly recommended listening to them!!

    Session Four: Sanctification (C.J. Mahaney):

    “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” —Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)

    1. Our part in godliness: work out your salvation with fear & trembling:

    Justification: Being DECLARED righteous. Justification is an act. It is immediate & complete.

    Sanctification: Being MADE righteous. We will be more sanctified as we go through life. It is progressive.

    I bring my sin alone to Christ. In Christ alone my hope is found! Yet, in sanctification, we do have a part to play. It requires work on our part. There should be a fear of the Lord, in his judgment, future wrath, and holiness because of our sin. Our response to these truths is obedience to the Holy God of the universe. Our part is vital but it is only possible because of God’s part.

    2. God’s part in godliness:

    Only God’s power makes holiness possible. If we are a believer, the Lord is working tirelessly and actively in our hearts and in our lives. CONSISTENTLY working, he never stops working!

    Best Memory From the Day:

    Well, I actually have two! #1–For dinner we walked to Iggies (a really good pizza place in Baltimore). We thought it was just a few blocks…it ended up being over 20 blocks but we have some awesome pictures from the walk there! Certain areas that we walked by were not so great. Then there were narrow brick alleys along the way that resembled something you would see in Italy or Quebec City. It was really fun to see the different areas in Baltimore!

    #2–After hearing C.J. Mahaney speak, we walked around looking for a place to have ice cream. We went to a 7-Eleven but ice cream was crazy pricey there so we went back to the hotel and looked up a nearby store. All of us got into the two minivans and headed for a late night trip to Walmart. We also went to buy stuff for lunch on Sunday when we would head to D.C.. After checking out at Walmart, we got back to the Marriott and enjoyed root beer floats and cheap ice cream sandwiches at 1am. I think we finally went to bed shortly after 2am. Oh the memories…

    My Notes:

    Saturday was a great day! Not only did we have a ton of fun but we also continued to have really great and encouraging conversations all throughout the day. The night before, when the conference started, Josh Harris prayed over the girls and told the guys to lead, protect and care for us throughout the conference. The guys definitely did this! They took turns leading us in prayer and discussion. They also opened doors for us and took turns paying for various meals and coffee at Starbucks. It was definitely a blessing to all of us girls and it was encouraging to see them lead throughout the trip.

    I loved all of the messages but I think the one I personally benefited from the most was C.J’s. I really needed to hear that message! Even though we do have a vital part to play in sanctification, it was so good to be reminded again that it is God’s part that makes our part possible. Also to hear that He is consistently working. In my sin, I am quick to feel discouraged and condemned when I don’t see progress in a certain area. This is because I am relying on my own strength to fight sin rather than trusting the One who has already declared me righteous because of Christ. I came away from the message feeling freshly aware of my sin and the glorious news of the gospel that frees me from the power of sin. Worthy is the lamb that was slain!

    Next Thursday: NEXT 2010 Conference: Day Three…

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