What You Can Expect if you Attend the Convergence Conference in October

As you probably know by now, Bridgeway Church is hosting a national conference October 5-7 of this year here in Oklahoma City, OK. If this is the first time you’ve heard of it, I encourage you to click on the ad at the top of this page and watch the video invitation.

We are now beginning to make public the titles of the plenary sessions together with a brief description of what will be covered. Here are the two plenary sessions at which I will speak. Continue reading . . . 

As you probably know by now, Bridgeway Church is hosting a national conference October 5-7 of this year here in Oklahoma City, OK. If this is the first time you’ve heard of it, I encourage you to click on the ad at the top of this page and watch the video invitation.

We are now beginning to make public the titles of the plenary sessions together with a brief description of what will be covered. Here are the two plenary sessions at which I will speak.

Sam Storms / Plenary Session One

“Charismatic Evangelicalism: Charting a Course for the Convergence of Word and Spirit”

Charismatic renewal has reached a pivotal point in our day. On the one hand, many are falling prey to the false “gospel” of prosperity or the presumptuous claims of the Word of Faith movement. On the other, many are simply giving up, either fearful of fanatical excess or embarrassed by the charismatic sub-culture of sensationalism, triumphalism, and super-supernaturalism. Are these our only options? No. By carefully identifying both the strengths and weaknesses of charismatic renewal and holding rigorously to a biblically informed perspective on spiritual gifts and their power, there is hope for the church and the genuine convergence of Word and Spirit.

Sam Storms / Plenary Session Four

“The Beauty of Spiritual Language: What is Speaking in Tongues, Why did God create it, and How might we recover its use for the glory of Christ and the edification of his people?”

Speaking in tongues either frightens people or embarrasses them, or both. It seems and sounds so weird. What possible reason could God have had for making this gift available to his people? What purpose does it serve in our lives and how might we reclaim its use in a way that honors God’s Word, while avoiding the extremes and errors of those who would make it a measure of spirituality? If none other than the Apostle Paul could say, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you” (1 Cor. 14:18), who are we to so casually and critically dismiss this wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit? So, if you’re curious about speaking in tongues and, better still, hungry to experience this spiritual gift, this session is for you.

In subsequent posts I’ll tell you about the sessions of Matt Chandler, Andrew Wilson, and Jack Deere.

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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. Visit http://www.samstorms.com