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New Life Bible Conference: Session One

June 24, 2011

This evening we kicked off the 2011 New Life Bible Conference in Vernon Hills, IL. The theme this year is Him We Proclaim: The Preeminence of Christ in Colossians. The evening was introduced by host Pastor Louis Love. Wyeth Duncan and Evelina Thomas led us in singing.

The Preeminence of Christ in All Things

I had the pleasure of delivering the first message from Colossians 1:1-23. Several points were made concerning the Mpreeminence of Christ. To demonstrate the preeminence is Christ Paul does three things:

A. He Prays for them IN Christ (1:3-14)
B. He Points them TO Christ (1:15-20)
C. He Proclaims to them the Gospel OF Christ (1:21-23).

Christ is preeminent over all and in all. He is the fount and foundation of the gospel which Paul preached and in which we have hope and do not move.

The Preeminence of Christ in Pastoral Ministry

The second message was delivered by Thabiti Anyabwile. From Colossians 1:24-2:5. He asked the question: “What is the goal of pastoral ministry?”. The answer:

A. To See Christ in Our People (1:24-27)
B. To See Our People Perfected in Christ (1:28-29)
C. To Present Christ our Treasure (2:1-5)

Pastors, we proclaim Him so as to perfect them. There are simpler messages than Christ, but not any better ones.

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