Still More of what You can Expect if you Attend the Convergence Conference in October

This is now the third announcement of the topics and content of what you will hear in the plenary sessions at the Convergence Conference, October 5-7, 2017, here in Oklahoma City. I’ve already shared what I plan on addressing, as well as the subjects on which Andrew Wilson will speak. In this brief post I will mention the sessions to be taught by Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, and Jack Deere. Continue reading...

This is now the third announcement of the topics and content of what you will hear in the plenary sessions at the Convergence Conference, October 5-7, 2017, here in Oklahoma City. I’ve already shared what I plan on addressing, as well as the subjects on which Andrew Wilson will speak. In this brief post I will mention the sessions to be taught by Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, and Jack Deere.

Matt Chandler / Plenary Session Three

“The Word and Wonders: The Sufficiency of Scripture and the Gifts of the Spirit.”

Sadly, the evangelical church is often divided between, on the one hand, practicing charismatics who aren’t grounded in the sufficiency of God’s written Word and, on the other hand, functional cessationists who fail to take seriously what the all-sufficient Word says about the operation of spiritual gifts in the life of the church today. A close look at Hebrews 4:12-13 will enable us to bridge this gap and faithfully embrace the convergence of Word and Spirit.


Jack Deere / Plenary Session Five

“The Privilege and Power of Hearing God”

Is it biblical to believe that God might still speak to us today? If so, in what ways might he do that? Is God’s voice only heard in and through the Bible? If he speaks personally to his people today, how might we recognize his voice? To whom does God speak? These and other related questions, as well as principles for the operation of the “revelatory” gifts of the Spirit will be explored in this session.

Jack Deere / Plenary Session Seven

“The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy and its Presence in the Church Today”

In this session Jack Deere will provide a biblically based description of the gift of prophecy and why we should make it a priority in our lives as well as in the life and ministry of the local church. Do we have good reason to believe that God still supplies his people with this gift? What are the practical guidelines that should govern how and when prophecy is exercised? What are some practical steps for building a biblically-based prophetic ministry in the local church? How should one give, evaluate, and respond appropriately to prophetic words? What kind or level of authority do prophetic words carry? These are a few of the questions to be answered in this session.


Francis Chan / Plenary Session Six

“Leading a Skeptical Church into Things of the Spirit: My Personal Journey”

Over the past 25 years, I have gone from devout cessationist to “open but cautious” to “earnestly desiring” the spiritual gifts. There were key truths in 1 Corinthians 12-14 that I could no longer ignore, and the obedience has led to new life in our churches. Humility and clear Bible teaching have been key in leading fellow skeptics into an exciting new journey.

 

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About Sam Storms

Sam Storms is the Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sam is on the Board of Directors of both Desiring God and Bethlehem College & Seminary, and also serves as a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition. Sam is President of the Evangelical Theological Society. http://www.samstorms.com/enjoying-god-blog