November 30, 2013
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.—Philippians 2:5–7
Ethiopia, Evangelism, and the Mind of Christ
Travel update: Ethiopia
The first thing I want to do is thank those that spoke in my absence while I was in Ethiopia. A big thank you to Kenny Stokes (three-fold thanks!) at the Downtown campus, thanks to Daniel Sousa and Joe Rigney (double-thanks!) at the North campus, and thanks to David Livingston, Bruce Power, and Dave Zuleger at the South campus.
Pastor John and I had a wonderful time in Ethiopia with Marshall Segal and Paul Lim. There is so much I wish I could share. I will limit myself to three quick things:
1. First, Pastor John and I preached through 2 Corinthians 1-5 at a Bible conference for 600 Ethiopian leaders. We marveled at how one-hearted and one-minded we were in the way we approach the Scriptures. They were very responsive to the Word. The last day of the conference, one of the leaders prayed a moving prayer of repentance for the way that they have been handling the Word.
2. Second, perhaps the speaking highlight for us was preaching at a large public event at a Sovereign Grace church plant. There was well over a thousand in attendance. The presence of the Spirit, the enthusiasm of the people, and the unity of our message blew us away. I spoke on God is the gospel, and Pastor John spoke on Christian hedonism. He got up and said that this was one message in two parts. It was like I gave the exposition, and he gave the application. I love him, and we share a deeper love still for the truths that we both love.
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