Review of TT1-3 Wayne Grudem - Bible Translations

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Training Track 1-3

Again, this was very interesting to me. Obviously Wayne Grudem is going to be very pro-ESV, since he was part of the editorial team, but he explains himself very well and makes an excellent case. The place that I would differ from him is that he seems to assume that we only use one version. It is a good idea to use an “essentially literal” version (and in fact I personally use the ESV), but also another version such as the NIV or even the Message in order to stimulate our thinking. Grudem seems to have the assumption that we only ever use one version. The other occasion when I would not rely on the ESV is if I am giving a Bible to an unbeliever. Here I would probably use an NIV.

The last part of the message deals with “gender neutral language”. I agree with Grudem that the TNIV has gone too far in the name of political correctness, but there is probably a midway position. I hear his concerns about trying to work around gender language by using plurals, and so destroying texts that speak of individual salvation. Whatever your position, you need to hear what Grudem has to say, because he is well thought-out and articulate.

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Review of TT1-2 Wayne Grudem - The inerrancy of the Bible and answers to current challenges

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Training Track 1-2

The first part is good material. Not revolutionary, but very well explained. But what I enjoyed most of all was when he got into some attacks on Scripture and how he would respond to them. He went through several apparent contradictions in Scripture and it was very interesting to me to hear how he would respond to them. —Great!

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Review of TT1-1 Wayne Grudem - The authority and inerrancy of the Bible

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Training Track 1-1

This is just a personal opinion, but for me this stuff is solid gold. Wayne Grudem has a gift for making technical material simple, easy to understand, and even funny! He begins with a section on the canon which is extremely well done, and the goes on to explain inerrancy.

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Review of LS11 Greg Haslam - For such a time as this (Esther 4)

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Leadership Seminar 11

Outline in program:
The story of Esther shows supremely how God’s “invisible hand” shapes us for our divine destiny, then calls us to risk everything to defy assimilation to the spirit of the age and to save a nation. God is seeking no less from us.

Greg Haslam is a master of the well-constructed sermon. He does his research carefully and fills them with good illustrations. In the first part of this message he draws a straight line between the people of Israel in the time of Esther and the church today.

In the second part he focuses more on Esther, applying various aspects of her life as a good or bad example for us. In a moving climax he appeals to his hearers to step out of their cosy Christian comfort zones into the purpose for which God has raised them up.

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Review of LS10 Ray Lowe - Church history can save you a lot of pain

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Leadership Seminar 10

Outline in program:
Can our history teach us anything or do we have to go round in circles again and again? Today’s church is plagued with fads or the latest unbiblical shortcuts for success. Nothing is new, we’ve been there before. Ray will explore past movements in church history to help us avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes of the past.

Ray began by explaining why he had changed the emphasis of the talk to be on positive examples from the past rather than negative warnings of pitfalls.

Under the heading “Dare to be different”, he took four of his favourite historical characters:

  • Martin Luther
  • Charles Parham
  • Bramwell Booth
  • C.T. Studd

Ray knows his material well. His purpose is to emphasize the admirable and inspiring qualities of these men rather than to provide a critical evaluation. Highly recommended!

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Review of LS09 John Groves - The prophetic gift and the local church

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Leadership Seminar 09

Outline in program:
Spiritual gifts are given to equip, enrich and edify the church and this is especially true of prophecy. We need more prophecy and we need to understand how to use it well—this will be the goal of the seminar.

I was really looking forward to hearing this session and I was not disappointed. It is quality material, well presented with lots of personal examples. Once again, it’s a shame not to have the handout. (I have tried emailing him for it and will post it here.)

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Review of LS08 John Hosier - The church needs pastors and teachers

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Leadership Seminar 08

Outline in program:
According to Ephesians 4 these are vital for the health of the church. Looking at the role, nature, equipping, purposes and challenges of pastors and teachers from a Biblical perspective, combined with 37 years of experience!

This is an excellent message—extremely practical with a lot of wisdom from a lifetime of experience. This message is probably of interest to many kinds of people in the church, but it is essential listening for those in leadership.

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Review of LS07 Greg Haslam - Can these bones live? (Ezekiel 37)

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Leadership Seminar 07

Outline in program:
Much of the church appears to lie slain, dismembered and dried up on the battlefield. But God is calling for a supernatural resurrection and recommissioning by His Spirit. The result can b e a new day of unity, militancy, vitality and spiritual authority. Find out how.

This message has an interesting (but brief) account of the revival that took place in Winchester Family church many years ago. Apart from that, I didn’t feel that it was particularly remarkable. Greg has more of a sermonic style, which some people prefer but it doesn’t suit me so well.

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Review of LS06 Philip Greenslade - Prophetic untimeliness

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Leadership Seminar 06

Outline in program:
The power, pathos, particularity and permanence of God’s authentic prophetic Word in ministry and community today

Philip Greenslade indicated that both this and the previous message were inspired by Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance by Os Guinness. This is a thought-provoking and challenging message on what it really means for Christians to be “untimely”, i.e. to be willing to go against the trends, taboos and political correctness of the times.

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Review of LS05 David Smith - Developing a dynamic prayer life

Newfrontiers Leadership Conference 2006 - Leadership Seminar 05

Outline in program:
Focus on personal intimacy? Need to live from his presence?

  1. Time to pray—set times and practising the presence of God
  2. Place to pray—set place and continual abiding
  3. Way to pray
    1. in the Spirit—importance of tongues
    2. with understanding—Bible prayers and special focus on the Lord’s Prayer

David Smith began by saying that we all desire to have a good prayer life, and if we have one it will be a delight. But the gap can only be bridged by discipline. He then went on to describe what to do under three headings:

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