2013 Cross Conference Recap: Day 1

I thought this would be a great way to reflect on the teaching throughout the four days and share what I learned in Louisville. Each post will consist of a summary of the messages, breakout sessions, panels, Q&As, and a list of the songs. I’ll put some pictures in too (please excuse the quality of photos. I wasn’t using a DSLR). If you want to watch any of the main sessions, you can find them here: http://crosscon.com/resources/all/.

Kickoff Event: Trip Lee, Rapper (http://builttobrag.com/)

Songs (by Trip Lee unless bracketed):

  • New Dreams
  • King Like Mine
  • Jesus Muzik [Lecrae]
  • War
  • No Worries
  • One Sixteen
  • Robot
  • I’m Good
  • Take Me There
  • The Invasion (Hero)

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Basically a free one hour holy hip-hop concert, which I gladly enjoyed. Trip put a heavy emphasis on the Gospel, which is good cause it should never be assumed, especially with a large audience that consists of many different backgrounds. Oh, and Kevin DeYoung got teased for his lack of dance moves.

Friday PM

Worship Leader: Matt Boswell, Pastor of Ministries and Worship, Providence Church in Frisco, TX (http://doxologyandtheology.com/)

Songs:

  • Come Thou Fount (Sovereign Grace)
  • All Creatures of Our God and King (David Crowder)
  • Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)
  • Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, Kristian Stanfill)
  • Let the Nations Be Glad (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

One thing I was encouraged by was the Gospel-centered music produced by musicians outside of the ones I hear at my church (most notably Enfield and Sovereign Grace). Go take a listen to other music from Boswell, Papa, Sojourn, and others. The lyrics are filled with biblically-based truths that exalt God.

Message: The Chief End of Missions: The Supremacy of God in the Joy of All Peoples

Speaker: John Piper, founder/teacher of desiringGod.org, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary

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Piper directly applies his Christian hedonism idea to missions. He starts with first question of the Westminster Catechism that “man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever”, modifies it (the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever), and contextualizes it to missions (the chief end of missions is the supremacy of God in the joy of all peoples). Man becomes missions because the scope of the phrase increases, but he reminds us that man is the one active in missions. Glory becomes supremacy because through the conversion of souls, God is viewed as most valuable above everything else, and so in His supremacy, He is glorified. Piper adds of all peoples because missions is about the salvation of people from every tribe, language, people, and nation throughout the world, not just locally.

Then, Piper argues that the seeing God glorified and seeing people saved are actually one motive tied together. It is impossible to desire the glory of God and not the salvation of the lost, and vice-versa. He cites the example of Jesus wanting the glory of the Father in John 12:27-28 AND the salvation of people in Luke 19:10, at the same time. Even though I’ve read/heard a lot of Piper (and even in reading Desiring God now), it was a good reminder of how those two motivations are tied together, and we don’t have to fear that we aren’t fulfilling one of them as faithful Christians.

Panel: Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., president of 9Marks, interviews John Piper

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Dever asks questions to Piper on a wide range of issues related to missions: why he isn’t a missionary, how missions is related to marriage*, what is a missionary, what is the mission of the individual Christian vs. the church, and why Calvinism doesn’t discourage evangelism. It was super insightful and helpful. Also if you watch the interview, which I highly recommend, you will see that Mark Dever is an absolute troll. AWESOME.

A great way to start out the conference. Stay tuned for day 2!

*Piper lists a downside of being away from your spouse on missions is having less sex. Totally caught me offguard haha but absolutely true.

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