Wednesday, January 15, 2014

John Piper's Opening Session: CROSS con 2013

In the opening session of the CROSS conference, John Piper spoke on “Missions and the Supremacy of God". He began with explaining 4 reasons why the first-ever CROSS conference was a dream come true for Him. Here are the four reasons he gave:

1. God created the world so His beauty would be known and shared by all His redeemed people
2. Every human is lost and walking into hell unless they treasure Jesus and His gospel
3. God’s been awakening many to the truths of Scripture and CROSS 2013 is the overflow of that
4. I am old and you are young

John Piper shared that we are to declare HIS might to the next generation. He proceeded to give a definition of the purpose of missions, based off the first Catechism question.

“The chief end of missions is the supremacy of God in the joy of all peoples.”
Mr. Piper spent a majority of his session explaining what he meant by that, including the purposeful use of “in” instead of “and” in the above quote. He explained that "It doesn't work to say 'obey' if you don't tell people to enjoy God."

“The world will see the supreme value of God in our supreme value OF HIM.”
 We are to be a light to the world. If we call ourselves Christians, yet our lives show that we hardly even care what God says in His Word, and do not value our relationship with Him as the most treasured and precious thing, how do we think we will bring others to this One?

“Why are you here? Passion for the glory of God or man’s rescue?”
John Piper explained that there should be both passion for God’s glory and compassion for the lost. It’s not an either/or option. It’s both. (Col. 1:16, Rom. 1:5, Rom. 15:8-9, Psalm 98:4)

Pray and ask God, "How do I fit in to reaching the unreached?" God will give you wisdom and direction. All of us are to be part of His plan to reach the nations with the gospel. The question is, what part will you play?

Go watch the opening session (and all the others!) here.


Allison

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