Wow, what a blessed day at Shepherds’ Conference today! It was truly amazing to get to sit under such great and encouraging teaching!
This morning started off with an excellent exhortation from Rick Holland from 1 Peter 5, reminding pastors of their call to shepherd the flock well in a chaotic and deceptive world. It was a humbling and convicting message that really refocused the hearts of the majority of the attending pastors.
After a quick 30-minute turnaround, we got a treat in listening to a Q&A session with John MacArthur and Phil Johnson. It was one of the blessings of the day because it served as a reminder that pastoral ministry is much more than what is contained at the pulpit. MacArthur was very candid about having patience as a young minister and the importance of discipline and obedience to God’s word. There was a lot of laughter and moments that served as an indication to how much of a blessing pastoral ministry is and has been to Dr. MacArthur. It was refreshing to hear how a long-lasting and time-tested ministry was truly worthwhile for a faithful man. Even though the seminarians have to sit in the gym and watch the general sessions via projector, the wise words of Holland and MacArthur in the morning were effective. Below is a picture of the gym seating.
I attended two seminar sessions: 1) exegesis with Dr. Barrick and 2) expository preaching with Dr. Holland. Both were incredibly helpful and insightful as to the method with which a preacher should prepare accurate messages. I was greatly helped by Dr. Barrick’s look at Judges 16:1-3 and his analysis of Samson’s escape from his heinous sin. I highly recommend both sessions to anyone interested in listening to the podcasts on the Shepherds’ Conference website.
Lastely, Al Mohler preached tonight from Acts 18:24-28. Quite frankly, I’m still reeling from how clearly and effectively the sermon was preached. Dr. Mohler just has a way of getting in your kitchen and pointing things out to you that you never even noticed. His message on Apollos in Ephesus seemed so simple yet so profound, so straightforward yet insightful. It was a unique blend of intellectual prowess and relevant practicality. It’s a message that I will be sending my close friends very soon.
Well, that’s all for tonight. I’m exhausted, but looking forward to the bittersweet finale of Shepherds’ Conference. I can’t wait to fellowship with my fellow brothers tomorrow!