T4G 2016, Day -1

 

Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
– Proverbs 25:25

It’s Monday morning in Louisville Kentucky. I’ve just finished my morning devotions after the long trip from Newfoundland, Canada, and after having done my morning devotions, I’m preparing to go to the pre-conference for T4G 2016. Thanks to all my friends and family, and especially Church family back in St. John’s who are praying for us, that our travels would be safe, and that God would refresh us here, and give us extra strength and ideas to bring back home to help rebuild the Church in our corner of Canada.
After spending the last several weeks writing a preliminary paper on the secularization of St. John’s Newfoundland, cataloguing both the Christian past we had and the present broken condition of the Christian Church in St. John’s, coming to a conference like this one is likely to be a bit of a shock to the system. What would it be like if we had thousands of pastors willing to learn and teach and live a robust, Biblical Gospel, for the sake of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ? Pastors willing to help build a Church that will stand where so many Christian witnesses have faltered and gone after Gospels that are not the true Gospel, or who have turned the saving message of Jesus Christ into some kind of rule book? What would it be like to have 100 such pastors, or even 10?’
I pray this week is not just a good conference, or a time to get books, or even a time to be refreshed as we worship God and hear His word preached. I pray this is a time where I can get a vision for how sweet it is to spend time with God’s people worshipping the one true God, with a worship that engages my mind even as it makes my heart sing. I pray I get a vision for the kind of Church God desires for my homeland, and for the eternal joy of the people I love.

Author: Stephen Dawe

Steve is a part-time vocational elder Calvary Baptist Church, St. John's as well as a full-time student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in the Religious Studies Department.