Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Day 3 of the Red Hot Preaching Conference
On Saturday, we had 195 people out soul winning! This is an all-time record for any of the soul-winning marathons I have ever been a part of. This more extreme IFB movement is starting to spread like wildfire, and people are not only listening to the preaching, but they are participating!
“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:46-47
We had a full house again for the Saturday preaching service, and Pastor Logan Robertson preached a short sermon on “How to be Filled with the Spirit.” He preached hard against drinking and didn’t hold anything back when he called out Youtubers, Afshin and Marshall, for their bizarre teaching on alcohol. Not only that, but hearing Pastor Robertson say fag and queer in his New Zealand accent was classic. One of the many great points in the sermon was a reminder of what a serious sin covetousness is. Listening to this man preach was a rare treat since his sermons are not yet available online.
Pastor Dave Berzins preached a dynamic sermon from Matthew 23 on not being a Pharisee. Even the reading of the text at the beginning of the sermon was powerful. Pastor Berzins talked about how as Christians, and especially as pastors, we need to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. We need to avoid hypocrisy and keep practicing what we preach. We need to do things for the Lord as opposed to doing them for the praise of men. He gave us a strong warning about pride and boasting that was an important reminder for all.
“But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:16
Later in the evening, the teenagers had a fun time playing laser tag and the fellowship continued afterward at the church building. I am also told that there was a singles dinner going on at the same time. Attending events such as preaching conferences and soul-winning marathons is a great way to meet like-minded believers. A sweet spirit of fellowship is one of the many strong suits of this growing movement.
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42