You heard it here first. Advance the Church 2011 is coming to the Raleigh Convention Center May 4-5 with the theme, “Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary,” and you do not want to miss out. Tim Keller, Danny Akin, J. D. Greear, Tyler Jones, Eric Mason, Alan Hirsch, and Darrin Patrick are the plenary speakers.
The conference website poses and answers a provocative question: Is it possible that the reason the Church has lost its credibility and prophetic voice is that its Christians no longer believe the Gospel? The Gospel turned the ancient world of the Apostles on its head. It transformed the most unlikely of people into fervent ambassadors for God, while making enemies of both the secular and religious establishments. In contrast, the Church in many places today has become a part of a dying tradition that neither challenges the culture nor attracts the skeptic. Even in movements founded on Biblical truth, a pervasive legalism and moralism has eclipsed the explosive power of what God did for the world in Christ. There is only one thing that can restore the revolutionary power of God to the Church: the Gospel. The Church is in a moment of crisis. The Gospel is our only hope!
The plenary and breakout sessions will address many other questions at the intersection of gospel and ministry, such as: How does a gospel-centered worldview inform the way we preach, treat social issues, plant churches, think about current events, give pastoral counsel, treat our spouses, raise our children, and approach the task of world mission? In what ways do American Christians misunderstand the gospel? In what ways have Christ and the gospel been replaced in church life today?
I’ve attended Advance the Church in previous years, and I was not disappointed. I expect that this year’s conference will be equally profitable. If you would like to join me at Advance the Church Raleigh, you can click here for a link to the website or click here for a link to the Advance11 video.