2017 Conference Plenary Session Speakers

 

John Cross

 What’s Humpty Dumpty have to do with it?

People the world over love a story. Perhaps this significant in that much of scripture is written as a story. In this session we take a look at the inherent strength of the historical narrative when communicating truth, especially gospel truth. This is a session participants will never forget! Lots of laughs!

Christopher Cone

 Worldview and Postmodern Culture of Discipleship

Jay Adams once said that, “What we do to another man and how we do it is tightly bound up in what we believe about that man.”  Indeed this is true in general, and it is certainly true in the process of discipleship. The first step in understanding how to disciple a person is to understand what that person is, and the process God has designed for that person to grow. A grace-based (or free-grace) approach views the process of sanctification very differently than does a non-free-grace approach, and there are significant practical implications that arise from the differences between the two. This presentation examines the Biblical descriptions and prescriptions for sanctification, in order (1) to help us discern whether the free-grace or non-free-grace model – if either – accurately reflects the Biblical perspective, and (2) to help us design and implement a soundly Biblical discipleship model.

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Jody Dillow

 

 Discipling the World  through Indigenous Multiplication

Various studies indicate that the vast majority of church leaders around the world have had little or no access to any kind of advanced biblical training. How do we contribute to the discipleship needs of so many?  Two things will help: (1) indigenous multiplication and (2) digital delivery of training.  First of all, the biblical mandate for achieving this is “the things which you have heard from me, entrust to faithful men who are able to teach others also.”  Paul’s strategy involved passing on the discipling through four generations of multiplication, nationals teaching nationals: Paul, Timothy, faithful men and others also.  But how, we ask, can this kind of indigenous multiplication be achieved?  Over the past 37 years on four continents, we have identified nine keys to indigenous multiplication which will work in any culture, in any church, or in any campus ministry. Secondly, the next generation of leaders (20-30 somethings) like  to take courses on smartphones and computers.  Also, this is the only economically and politically plausible way of delivering training to millions. In this presentation we will discuss the nine keys to indigenous multiplication and various digital platforms that are in current use to achieve these goals.

 

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Jeremy Edmondson

You Can’t Start with Jesus: Acts 17

Many modern evangelism methods have multiple steps, clever wording, and a drive for someone to make a “decision for Christ.” But is this how the Apostle Paul approached people with the Gospel? According to Acts 17, it is not. In this day and age, the method of calling people to believe in Jesus has largely fallen flat due to the cultural shift away from a Christianized America into a melting pot of “personal beliefs” and syncretism. In this message, you will see that we must start with who God is, who man is, and what sin is when talking with people so that they have a foundational understanding that is ready to accept the God-man who saves people from their sins.

 

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Roger Fankhauser

 

The Uniqueness of Our Message in Evangelism and Discipleship 

Many claim their salvation message or their ordo salutis brings God the “greatest glory.” However, only the message of free grace places our salvation and security completely at the feet of Jesus, and only the message of free grace gives full freedom to follow Christ without fear. We have “the best gospel message ever!”

 

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Scot Pollok

 

A Grace-Based Discipleship Plan

One of the most repeated and misunderstood rejoinders to Free Grace theology is a lack of discipleship focus. In its various forms and emphases, this reply is worth our honest consideration. In this session, we will look at New Testament discipleship from a high level and ask how we can better present grace-based discipleship in our churches. Scot will also share the simple results of almost five years of work in this area with his pastoral team in a local church setting. The FaithPath Discipleship map is only a start, but it could be the start of something transformative.

 

 

 

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Jeremy Vance

Metamorphosis by Grace: Romans 6

This message will show how Christ brings the transformation/sanctification in our lives and how we allow Him to do so. It will conclude with the benefits of letting God and His grace do a work in us.

Tuesday Night Banquet Speaker
Dr. Dave Anderson
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