Moody Pastor’s Conference 2008 Day One

What a night. I ran into an old friend Adam (who posted earlier) and many of you already know Joey LaJoy from the newsgroups as well as from here, I ran into Joe at the Logos booth. I was begging for free samples, but alas no such luck. (C’mon Joe you’re lettin’ me down man!) 🙂

One of the things that I appreciate so much about the Moody Pastor’s Conference is that it is really centered on Bible Teaching. Lest anyone think that pastor’s don’t need it, they do.
The worship time was phenomenal – I already mentioned it but I always look forward to hearing the sound of over a thousand men singing in worship, it was just as great as I remember.

The final song just before the message was written by the Getty’s and was titled “Speak O Lord

“Speak, O Lord”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.

Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

Tonight Dr. Michael Easley launched into the message. It was a great call to fearing our Holy God. I kept some loose notes from the message here are some of them including a few phrases I wrote down that I just want to continue to think about.

Kids are afraid of everything. Some want a nightlight some want a floodlight. The garden event gave rise to a generation of fear.
Children are afraid of everything and as adults we pretend we’re afraid of nothing. But worst of all we’ve lost our fear of God.

How do we reclaim a legitimate biblical holy fear of God? [not a cowering loveless fear, a Biblical fear].

  1. Learn from the wilderness
    Deuteronomy 4:1
    A three week trip took forty years because they didn’t obey. Hundreds of funerals a day. Water manna and God. God strips away all the props.
    Look at your life. Look back on your life’s wilderness.
  2. Submit to his word. Deut 4:2-3
    obey what God says. If we fear and love him we obey him.
    institutions do not drift toward conservatism churches don’t drift to the bible. The constant tendency is to amending the text. But he says keep it.
    Gender role issues
    Eldership issues
    Struggling over the authority of God’s word will never go away.
    “don’t add to my word and don’t take away from my word.”
  3. Remember you are a unique people. Deut 4:5-8. Deut 7:6 God didn’t save you to be and have a happy life he saved you to be holy.
  4. Don’t forget what your eyes have seen Deut. 4:9. Don’t forget the bible events.
  5. Watch yourself Deut 4:15, 23

It probably doesn’t capture much of the essence but I have some thinking to do and I need to sleep as well. Tomorrow promises to be a great day full of good teaching, good worship.
May God bless you with his presence.