Our Elders @ The Sheperd’s Conference

Remember that this week Pastor Jay & Emilio will be attending the Sheperd’s Conference. Please pray for their safety as they travel, and pray this would be a time of refreshment for them. (Also be sure to check out the church calendar for updates do to all the changes happening this week like Saturday night evangelism starting back up, and a praise report from our Mexico missions team during Sunday Seminary)

Q: What is the Shepherd’s Conference?

A: It is an association of churches rallying around the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, the importance of expository preaching, and the centrality of a biblical philosophy of ministry. The conference serves as both a resource and an encouragement for pastors and Christian leaders around the globe.

Pulpit magazine will be live blogging the current conference here.

You can listen to the live stream of the current conference here.

You can view photos from the current conference here.

Or listen to past conference audio here.

Joy’s Eternal Increase

Pastor Emilio Ramos writes:

I highly recommend a much needed message for the church.  Sam Storms delivers a powerful meditation “Joy’s eternal increase: Edwards on the beauty of Heaven“.

When was the last time we have heard a message on heaven?  When was the last time you heard a graphic description of the glories and the joys of the heavenly kingdom?  Yet it is where we will spend our endless existence with God.  Heaven is the realm of ancient days where our vapor like existence in this world will be but a blip on the screen of our existence.

I found this message riveting, challenging, and deeply encouraging.  “Joy’s Eternal Increase” will help you to labor to make this world seem more fleeting and vain, and conversely, heaven more precious and treasure-like.

Q. Why should we even consider this topic of heaven?
A. Philippians 3:19-4:1 – Knowing this enables us to escape the grip of earthly things and stand firm.
A. 1 Peter 1:3-5 – The ultimate purpose of the new birth is our experience of a heavenly hope.
A. 1 Peter 1:13 – It is a commanded obsession.
A. Hebrews 11:9-10 ; Hebrews 11:13-16 – Looking to the heavenly city helped the faith of Abraham and the patriarchs.
A. Revelation 16:5-7 – Enables us to respond appropriately to the injustice in this life.
A. Romans 8:18 – Produces the fruit of endurance and perseverance now in suffering.
A. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – When earthly suffering is juxtaposed with the endless ages of eternal bliss can the suffering in this life become tolerable.
A. Colossians 3:1-3 – We are told to fix our mind on the things of heaven, where our life is hid with Christ.

You can listen, watch, or download  “Joy’s Eternal Increase” by clicking on the links below:

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