Just saw where the Fall Chapel schedule is posted. Here’s a few highlights:
3 different panel discussions which is something new this year
- Sept 3 called N.T. Wright and the Doctrine of Justification
- Oct 22 called Southern Baptists and the Great Commission Resurgence. (My only issue here is that the whole panel is from Highview . . . just a little one-side, no?)
- Nov 3 called Perspectives on Mulit-site Churches. (This one should be good w/ Dr. Mohler moderating. From what I remember from the IX Marks journal, only Greg Gilbert would be in the opposition to multi-site. Anyone can correct me if I am wrong.)
- Dr. Mohler – 7 times
- Dr. Moore – 2 times
- Dr. Ware, Dr. York, Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Nettles, Dr. Fuller, Mr. Jason Allen
Others to look fwd to:
- Dr. Al Jackson on Sept 15
- Rev Al Gilbert on Oct 20 as part of mission’s week. He is also on the GC Task Force
- Matt Chandler on Nov 12. I think this may be his first time to speak in Chapel . . . This may be the most full the chapel will ever be this late in the semester.
Should be a good semester.
“I Want to Be in That Thunder – Why We Can’t Hear the Great Commission” (John 12:16-43)
Why is evangelism something that seems to be just another program?
Why is it we implore guilt when we talk about the need to soul win? Why is it the same as the dentist telling us we need to floss?
But in Acts and Romans, we see evangelism growing organically in light of the understanding of the cross and the Great Commission.
Why is it that our churches are so dead when it comes to EV and Missions?
If the Great Commission is going to be more than a slogan, then we must hear what Jesus is saying to us when he points us to the cross.
1. Jesus is calling us to another kind of Fear
- We are scared of the Great Commission. We assume that most are scared of giving up everything, but most are not going to face an Islamic terrorist. The fear that we have is similar to what we see right here with the Pharisees in the way that their fear is threatened as people follow Jesus.
- The Pharisees are afraid of being turned out of the synagogue, the living of a normal predictable life.
- There is a sense of personal threat and embarrassment. This can be deadly.
- The Pharisees were losing their position of authority as people followed Jesus.
- Don’t we have the same fear, embarrassment and awkwardness? Are we afraid of being odd?
- But we are being told to have some fear. Jesus himself is afraid.
- Jesus is deeply fearful and troubled here. He does not fear Pilote or Herod, but here he is deeply troubled because he understands something that we forget: Fear him who is able to cast both body and soul into hell.
- We are so ineffective at EV because to us, hell is just a theological category
2. Jesus calls us to another kind of Power
- The voice that the Pharisees have been longing to hear they think is thunder.
- All of this to fulfill Scripture in Isaiah.
- When the condemnation of God falls, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the ministry of revealing.
- This power is a power that we do not see nor recognize. And neither to do we. We might explain the Roman Road forward and backward, but it is the power of God to save.
- We can sit around and talk about the power, but we will only see the power in the Holy Spirit.
- We can see the power of the Cross, when the sinner confesses Jesus as Lord.
3. John calls us to see through Jesus another kind of Glory
- Those not willing to confess Christ love the glory of man more than God.
- Could it be that our EV invitations are not successful often because of our motivations? The motivation to show off our success?
- When Isaiah is seeing the Glory filling the temple, he is seeing Jesus Christ.
- God will glorify his name by lifting Christ up. Isaiah speaks of God as high and lifted up. But John shows this “high and lifted up” on the cross. The glory of God is seen in a crucified Christ.
- Could it be that we are so dead in EV because we are clamoring for the glory of man instead of people who see and recognize the glory of God in a cross?
Dr. Moore is asking every student in the School of Theology to be involved in a Great Commission Group which seeks to hold each one accountable to share the gospel once a week.