Bullet Point Summary:
- Trained 30 Pastors on how the whole Bible fits together and how to preach every text in light of the Kingdom of Christ.
- Equipped them with multiple resources from Hardin Baptist Church, Partners in Christ, 9-Marks Ministries, and the Gospel Coalition.
- Blessed them with a night’s stay in the PIC house, 5 incredible meals, and great fellowship.
- Encouraged them that God cares about them and their churches.
Short Write Up:
After leading high school mission trips to Nicaragua for the past 7 years, God laid it on my heart to take a solo trip (accompanied by my body guard Jimbo Burkey) for a two day Pastor’s Conference. Within the first two hours of the conference, I knew why God had led me here. My mission this time was to encourage and equip 30 pastors, who were sitting in front of me; pens in hand, notebooks open.
From the look in their eyes, their thought bubble read, “Who is this kid and what in the world can he teach us?” After a few “theological arm wrestles”, the mood in the room soon changed and all ears and eyes were settled on what I had to teach for the next two days.
The first day, I used Vaughan Robert’s 8-stages of the kingdom outline to give the pastors a framework for seeing how the whole Bible (Genesis to Revelation) fits together under the theme of the Kingdom of Christ. Those 6 hours were exhilarating, as the Bible came to life before these Godly men, who knew verses and stories but not the greater story of the Kingdom all those verses and stories pointed to. Many of the pastors testified afterward that this teaching was a game changer for them and will forever impact their teaching and preaching.
Day two I taught the pastors how to inductively study a text and then from that text, preach an expositional sermon. Most of the guys had been reared in topically preaching, so I showed the value of preaching whole books, verse-by-verse, and then how to practically do it. Using David Helm’s diagram for expository preaching (text-exegesis-theological reflection-contextualize) I showed them how to build a sermon from a text, and not the other way around. In addition, I gave them my own 10 step sequence to get from text to pulpit.
Lastly, I showed them how to study different genres of scripture (narratives, gospels, parables, etc.), and then we looked at various texts and built sermons together. This was the most fun I had during the whole conference. Seeing the guys connect David killing Goliath, to Jesus, the true Warrior-King who defeated the greatest enemy sin, Satan, and death was priceless. As we worked through various texts, connecting each one to Christ and the gospel, the room would erupt in applause for King Jesus.
As I said my goodbyes to all the pastors, I was confident each one of them had a better understanding of how the whole bible fit together, and how to take any text in their Bibles and preach the good news of Jesus from it. I pray this conference and these days of teaching will promote more faithful preaching in Nicaragua, for the glory of Christ and the good of His people. May God bless these 30 warrior-shepherds, otherwise known as pastors.
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The play-by-play in pictures: