Posted tagged ‘J.D. Greear’

Greear on a Gospel-Centered Church

January 30, 2012

I just finished J.D. Greear’s book Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary as part of the Roots Reading Initiative (with PLNTD).  His last chapter focuses on the marks of a gospel-centered church, and he provides three of them.  They are:

1.  In a gospel-centered church, preaching the message of the gospel is the priority.

Greear: “The gospel is an announcement that Jesus is Lord and that He has won the battle for your salvation. We are to respond in repentance and faith (Mark 1:15). The gospel is not good advice about how to live; it is good news about what God has done. Jesus told His disciples to be ‘His witnesses,’ which meant they were to tell everyone, faithfully, the story of what He had done for the world. Their lives would certainly demonstrate the changes His power brought in their lives, but they were to constantly point to what He had done that made those changes possible (222).

2.  In a gospel-centered church, the emphasis of the message is more on what Christ has done than what we are to do.

Greear: “… the only thing that brings true spiritual growth is abiding in–dwelling in, thinking about, standing in awe of–what Christ has done for us” (223).

3.  In a gospel-centered church, the members demonstrate the beauty of the gospel in community.

Greear: “… by doing what healthy local churches do (praying, sharing, constantly preaching the word, etc.), [the early church] were evangelizing the community. The presence of a healthy local church in a community is the greatest catalyst for the evangelization of that community. In a healthy church the local community should see the glory of God on display” (229).

The Gospel Prayer

January 5, 2012

This month with ROOTS, we are reading Gospel by J.D. Greear.  As an outline for his book, J.D. provides four statements in the form of a prayer intended to internalize and rehearse the gospel on a regular basis.  Here’s the Gospel Prayer.  I encourage you to reflect on these statements and continue to rediscover the bottomless depths of the glorious gospel.

The Gospel Prayer

“Father, there is nothing I can do today that would make you love me more; nothing I failed to do yesterday made you love me less.”

“Father, your presence and approval are all I need today for everlasting joy.”

“Father, as you have been to me, so I will be to others.”

“Father, I’ll measure your compassion by the cross and your power by the resurrection and pray accordingly.”

J.D. Greear on God as the Central Figure of the Story of Scripture

July 9, 2011

J.D. Greear has a new book coming out this October called GOSPEL: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (foreword by Tim Keller).  This book comes in the wave of great books coming out in recent years on the gospel in what I believe to be a work of God in bringing us to recovery and renewal in and through the good news of Jesus Christ.  Below is a little video of Greear explaining how God is the central figure in the gospel story, followed by a little trailer where Greear explains why he wrote his forthcoming book.

The Gospel Centered Life Conference

November 16, 2010

1.  I really like affordable conferences.
2. I really like conferences focused on the gospel.
3. I really like conferences in South Florida.

Is it possible to get 3 for 3?  The answer is yes! Check it out.

The Gospel Centered Life Conference will be taking place on January 21-23, 2011 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Registration is only $30.  Here is a brief overview of the conference sessions and speakers:

  • Tullian Tchividjian – The Gospel and the Individual
  • J.D. Greear – The Gospel and the Culture
  • Michael Horton – The Gospel and the Church

If you are looking for an excuse to get out of sub-freezing weather and get a taste a load of gospel smothered South Florida sunshine, then you need to attend this conference!

J.D. Greear on 20/20 Collegiate Conference

February 6, 2010

Greear is preaching from Acts 4 on the significance of Jesus being the only way to heaven.  There are six cultural assumptions on why this belief is so controversial to most Americans.

1.  Our culture believes that claiming there is only one way to God is archaic.

Christianity was born into a world where saying He was the only way was every bit as politically incorrect, if not more so, than it is today.

2.  Claiming that there is one way to God is arrogant.

Peter’s attitude in verse 20: “we can’t help but speak what we have seen or heard.”  It is not arrogance but believing that Jesus is who He said He is.


20/20 Collegiate Conference

February 4, 2010

There are numerous conferences taking place this week, and I have the opportunity of attending one of them: the 20/20 Collegiate Conference put on by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  It is my plans to post my thoughts and perhaps even live-blog some of the messages should that be a possibility, so I encourage you to check back over the next couple of days. If you are read the blog and are attending the conference, I hope to have the opportunity of meeting you.  You can follow all other updates via my Twitter.

Here is the conference schedule for those interested:

Friday, February 5

7:30 PM Plenary Session I (Daniel Akin)
8:30-8:45 PM Worship
8:45-9:45 PM Plenary Session II (Matt Chandler)

Saturday, February 6

8:45 AM Plenary Session III (David Platt)
10:00 AM Breakout Session I
11:15 AM Breakout Session II
1:15 PM Afternoon Worship
1:30 PM Plenary Session IV (JD Greear)
2:45 PM Breakout Session III
3:55 PM Worship
4:00 PM Plenary Session V (Clayton King)

Insight Podcast with SBC/Acts 29 Guys

February 21, 2009

Where on the one hand, the Missouri Baptist Convention de-funds all dually affiliated SBC/Acts 29 church planters, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina invites them to a convseration about the Gospel, the church, and the mission.  That’s my kind of state convention!

The Insight Podcast is hosted by Doug Baker, and recently he sat down with Acts 29 church planters J.D. Greear, Daniel Montgomery, Tyler Jones, and Sean Cordell to discuss a host of issues.  The podcast is divided into two parts.  You will certainly want to download them both.

* Part 1 *

Topics: Postmodernity – What is it?; Contextualization – What is it?; Culture and Theology; Ministry in an Urban Context; Diversity in the Local Church; Tradition and Traditionalism; The Craving for Authenticity; The Emerging Church Movement; Gospel Reductionism; The Emergent Church Movement;  Acts29 Church Planting Network; Vintage 21’s Theology and Doctrine; Tony Jones and the Gospel; The Gospel and Propositional Truth; Homosexuality and Modern Culture; Christology – Missiology – Ecclesiology.

* Part 2 *

Topics: Institutions and Denominations; Acts29 Network – Its Founding and Future; The SBC as a Missional Network; The Doctrinal Commitments of Acts29; Biblical Preaching as a Priority; Acts29 and Southern Baptists; North Carolina – Still the Bible Belt?; Requirements for an Acts29 Church Planter; Churches Planting Churches – the Biblical Model?; The SBC and Church Planting; The Future of the SBC.

I’m grateful for Doug Baker putting together an excellent podcast dealing with substantive issues that really matter to the church today. You can find previous podcasts hosted by Baker here.

Interviews with J.D. Greear and N.T. Wright

November 17, 2007

My friend Doug Baker has recently started a podcast for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and has already posted three interviews with more to come. One in particular I would like to point your attention to is his interview with J.D. Greear–a young and influential pastor who recently spoke at the Convergent Conference (@ SEBTS) and will be speaking at the upcoming Building Bridges Conference at Ridgecrest. Stay tuned to their podcast for more interviews.

Fellow Said at Southern contributor Trevin Wax has recently interviewed N.T. Wright and will be posted this Monday on Said at Southern. The transcript will also be available on his blog. Trevin said he asked 18 questions, ranging from justification, sola scriptura, critics, etc. Tony Kummer, king of Kummerpolis, has been putting his NASCAR laptop to work with some excellent podcasts this semester. If you haven’t checked out the Said Podcasts, go here.