Category: Conferences

So this is my second official recap blog on the Resolved Conference 2011. The first one was on the worship, which was awesome. Not at every session, but a lot of them, they recommended books. All of them were in the store. I’d like to highlight the books that I’m familiar with. Maybe I can go back and review them on the blog and how they point to the Gospel.

Well, first I want to mention a CD they commended that I know commend. It’s called Love Divine. It’s hymns that were set to contemporary music. Bob Kauflin, Sunday morning when he lead worship recommended the CD. They also gave away download codes to everyone to get the 4 free songs from the CD. I got those then ended up buying the CD because I love to find solid, God-exalting, Gospel-centered songs and worship. Just to list a few of the titles, “And Can It Be?,” “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “O For A Thousand Tongues,” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” You can get a free download of “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” at the CDs main site. The whole point of the CD is to be a tribute to Charles Wesley. They are all hymns he wrote. The site has more than downloads. It also has an about section of the CD, the ability to listen to 4 of the songs and the ability to see videos about the CD. Get the CD.

Now onto the books. I had trouble figuring out which order I’d discuss the ones I was familiar with. No specific order.

The Valley of Vision
The Valley of Vision is a collection of prayers of Puritans. They are on a variety of subjects. From a heart in the depths to a heart overjoyed in God. From personal confession and repentance to an exalting of Christ and His work. It personally has helped me, set my heart a-fire when I read a few of them when I was down and dry. It really is worth purchasing.
What Is The Gospel?
The book was written by Greg Gilbert because there is a lack of clarity on what the gospel actually is. His hope would have been not to have had written the book. It’s a very good book though that pretty much is an exposition of Romans and goes through and touches on every aspect of the Gospel. I read it this last year. A really good read. Worth reading, maybe even giving to an unbelieving friend. Actually, give it to an unbelieving friend, then talk with them through it.
Living The Cross Centered Life
This book is actually two books in one of CJ Mahaney’s, The Cross Centered Life and Christ Our Mediator. The book essentially is to try and convince the reader that the Gospel needs to be the center of a believers life that they go over daily. When I read it, my heart was set a-flame a-fresh for the Gospel. My heart was set again to worship. A book on setting the Gospel as the center of ones life can’t not have the Gospel in it. The premise is that if you are going to have a Gospel centered life, you need to have gospel centered days because the life is made up of days. It’s a short book, but worth the read as it drives home a specific point.
Just Do Something
Just Do Something is a look at God’s will, and correction of the misconception of what that means. The point of this book is that there is God’s revealed will in the scriptures of what pleases Him and what He wants us to do, like make disciples, and God’s sovereign will that is played out as time moves forward. When it comes to who to marry, what major to take, what career to pursue, the point is to just do something because they are part of God’s sovereign will and will unfold as events unfold. So then what? Do something. Move forward asking God to lead you as you move, He will guide your steps (Proverbs 3:6).
Uneclipsing the Son
This is Rick Hollands new book. At this point I’m halfway through it and it is good. His main point is that in America, we’ve settled for an eclipsed view of Christ and have gotten accustomed to it and his goal in the book is to remove the eclipse and let the whole glory of the Son shine on the readers heart. It’s been convicting as I’ve been reading it. So far the best chapter in my opinion was the second chapter which was the presentation of the Gospel. The gospel, the revealing of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Everyone at Resolved recieved a complementary copy because of a generous donor. Donor, whoever you are thank you for providing this book. It has been worth the read.
This book is another of CJ Mahaney’s. I haven’t read this book. This is the only book of the bunch that I haven’t read. I’ve heard CJ Mahaney talk about this book and clarify about it many times. First he states that he is not a humble man. Writing the book humbled him he said. How does someone write a book about humility without looking proud. I own this book. I have yet to humble myself and read it.

That’s all I have to say about the books that were recommended. below is the list of the book that were recommended and when they were. I didn’t have time to make them all look as nice as I would have liked but most of the books are written by the guys that the sermon session was. Look up the books and see if they are worth getting.

Session 2: John MacArthur
Book: How to Study the Bible John MacArthur

Session 3: Al Mohler
Books: Atheism, He is Not Silent, Words From the Fire

Session 4: John MacArthur
Books: Rick holland’s book, just do something, expository listening (how to listen to a sermon), valley of vision

Session 6: C. J. Mahaney
Books: Living The Cross Centered Life, Humility

Session 7: Steve Lawson
Books: Essential Edwards Collection,unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, Pillars of Grace

Session 8: Rick Holland
Books: worldliness (audio), Quick scripture reference for counseling, the greener grass conspiracy, minority report (Truman), the wages of spin

Session 10: Al Mohler
Books: baker commentary, why we love the church – Seymour, the incomparable Christ, what is the gospel?
CD: Love Divine each get download code

About a month ago, I was at Resolved 2011. Resolved is hosted by Grace Community Church where John MacArthur pastors. I’ve been to Resolved every year since 2007. God used the 2007 conference to save me. The theme for that year was The Gospel, so it’s obvious that it’s the one I’d get saved through.

Well, every year the has worship awesome and this year was no difference. The theme even for the worship this year was Christ our Refuge and stronghold.

The worship is always Christ-centered and Gospel saturated. I actually wrote down all the songs we sang so I could research and find the ones I didn’t have yet. I’ll include the list at the end. Sorry titles only.

Besides their typical hymns they put to contemporary music like that you can find on their CDs, and songs from Sovereign Grace Music which I’d highly recommend, they played a couple of modern ones which I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the modern ones they played was No Other Saviour by Starfield. I liked that song so much that when I got back to the hotel I found it and bought it. Trust me, Google the lyrics.

One of the other modern songs they sang that I really enjoyed was Psalm 62 by Aaron Keyes. Sometimes the song is called My Soul Finds Rest. It all depends which album you purchase it from. I found three or four when I searched it up on iTunes. I liked this song so much I’d including the lyrics right below. You can also listen to the whole thing on this blog.

My soul finds rest in God alone,
My Rock and my salvation,
A fortress strong against my foes,
And I will not be shaken.
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse,
And lies like arrows pierce me,
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness,
I’ll look to Him who hears me.

O praise Him, hallelujah,
My Delight and my Reward;
Everlasting, never failing,
My Redeemer, my God.

Find rest, my soul, in God alone
Amid the world’s temptations;
When evil seeks to take a hold
I’ll cling to my salvation.
Though riches come and riches go,
Don’t set your heart upon them;
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven.


I’ll set my gaze on God alone,
And trust in Him completely;
With every day pour out my soul,
And He will prove His mercy.
Though life is but a fleeting breath,
A sigh too brief to measure,
My King has crushed the curse of death
And I am His forever.

O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah, hallelujah,
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah, hallelujah,
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah! hallelujah!
O praise Him, hallelujah,

Next post I’ll be posting about the recommended resources (pretty much the books).

Here is a link to the post with the songs we sang per session.

Get these two songs and Go to Resolved 2012.

Session 11 was the last session of the conference. C.J. Mahaney got to finish off the conference this year. Even though C.J. is very humble in his ability to preach, he is a very good preacher. God has given him a very good gift.

C.J.’s sermon choice was to help prepare us for the real world. The world outside the conference. He chose the book of Jude. He pretty much gave us an outline of the book because he wanted us to be able to understand the verses he got more detailed on. His emphasis was on verses 1-4 and 20-25.

He enjoyed 1-4 because of it’s emphasis on the sovereign grace of God. God calls. God loves. God keeps.

v 20-23 he wanted to remind us to contend for our hearts, to make sure that our hearts were correct, right and to help others also. He looked precisely at how to contend for our hearts was to keep in the Love of God and that there were three ways to do it.

  1. Building up in the most holy faith (v 20) which is done by preaching the gospel to ourselves on a daily basis, and to each other. When a brother is downcast and his conscience condemns him, I should exhort him with the gospel, because the gospel alone silences the condemning heart. He asked one question about this, “How much time do you devote to doing this?” Good question, how much time do I devote to preaching the gospel to myself? I have to admit not very much at all. Not very much at all.
  2. The second way we  keep in the love of God is to pray in the Holy Spirit (v 20). He quoted Spurgeon saying that he finds it quite helpful to pray between events he does. How often do we continue to pray during the day? C.J. reminded us that praying through out the day revitalizes the soul.
  3. Lastly, how we keep in the love of God is by waiting for the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ (v 21). He presented it as the future mercy we will receive as we go to stand in Judgement and we will receive mercy because of Christ’s work. We should wait and look forward to that time.

He brought up a point. The way he said it was this: “What we want is an experience so that we don’t have to keep ourselves in the love of God.” Plain and simply he said there isn’t a formula that causes that. It’s daily work that is behind good growth and staying in the Love of God.

Lastly he covered verses 24,25. Jude closes with God’s perseverance of us. It’s God’s grace that works in us. He works with us, not without us, to present us blameless one day before Him in His glory with great JOY. And because it is His grace, He deserves the glory, majesty, dominion, and authority forever and ever.

C.J. presented a great sermon to prepare us to step back into the world again.

Hopefully, I get to review the conference and post some pictures and some videos.

Session 10 was preached by Al Mohler on Christ the King. He spoke from Revelation 19.

He started his sermon at 1 Samuel 9 where the Jews rejected God as their King to have a king like the peoples around them. He then went to Isaiah 9:2-6 to talk about the promised king, messiah, savior, who would be God. He then went to Revelation 19: 6-10 to give us an image of Jesus now as King and Judge. The view of Jesus in Revelation 19 is like the view of Jesus in Revelation 1. Jesus has the same fiery eyes, and the sharp sword from His mouth. Something new is His robe stained with blood already before the fight. Because it’s His blood. He also has His name on His thigh and His robe.

After showing Him in the vision, it moves on to what’s around Him and what He does. The king takes out His enemies and creates a feast for the birds that feed on flesh. He then goes back to the previous section of verses about the other supper of the chapter, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Mohler wanted us to know very clearly that everyone who ever lived and is living and will live will take part of one of these two suppers. One is good to be at because you will be enjoying the supper. The other supper the people will be the feast.

I really enjoyed Al Mohler at Resolved. He has never been before and I’ve never heard him preach before, like or recorded and I really enjoyed His preaching. I know that Jesus ultimately was behind it.

Rick Holland spoke at session 9 of the Resolved conference, teaching us how to have a relationship with Christ. He went to John 13 and 14 for the answer. Eventually Rick settled on John 14: 21. He preached on the way that Jesus gets eclipsed. Two things, disobedience and love of other things. Jesus calls us to obey for His glory and our good because we were made to have him, enjoy him, and sin never satisfies. Jesus also calls us to love him and not other things. He pointed out three things on what it means to love Jesus.

  1. Love see’s through the eyes of Faith
  2. Love connects knowledge and understanding
  3. Love evokes devotion and affections to Jesus.

We need to spend time mediating on Jesus and seeing him.

John MacArthur spoke at session 8. He spoke on how Jesus is involved with His church. John used Revelation 1. It’s the only image in the Bible of Jesus being involved with His church in his exalted state. He inhabits it. He is not a far off but intimately involved. There were five points that were drawn from Rev 1 that show how Jesus is involved with His church.

  1. He intercedes for his Church (v 13 – clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest)
  2. He purifies the church ( v 14,15 – Bronze feet, as refined)
  3. He commands his church (v15 – voice like roar of many waters)
  4. He controls his church (v16 – stars in his hand who are the messagers of the churches or pastors)
  5. He protects his church (v 16- two edged sword and v 2:16)
  6. He reflects his glory through the church/evangelism (v16 – sun shining face)

Lastly we covered the appropriate response to seeing the vision; exactly was John did, fell flat on his face, just like the other prophets did that saw God (Isa, Eze, etc.)

For the sixth session John MacArthur spoke a “Bible Study, not a sermon.” We started at John 8:56, where Jesus proclaims his diety as I am. Then he took us to Exodus 3:13,14, 11, and 17, showing the words God used to name himself and describe himself. Jesus also used the same terminology, especially the 7 I AM statements in the John’s Gospel. All that was introduction. He deduced from the fact that Jesus was God several points.

  1. Jesus is Sovereign over Sin. (Mark 2)
  2. Jesus has power over Spirits. (Mark 5)
  3. Jesus is sovereign over Satan. (John 14:30)
  4. Jesus is sovereign over Death. (John 10:17)
  5. Jesus is sovereign over the Sabbath. (Matt 12:8)

MacArthur wanted to get us to the point that Jesus was both the Lord and the Son of David. Luke 20:40 and Matthew 22:41-42.

After John MacArthur’s session, they had a Speaker Panel/Q&A session. The whole topic ended up being about reading good books as a means of grace and growth to love and know Christ better.

Session 6 is starting up and I’m typing up this blog to keep up with blogging about the sessions and not falling behind.

The Session 6 speaker was Steve Lawson, meaning that he has done his two and isn’t going to speak anymore. He spoke out of Revelation 5. Jesus, the only one worthy to Open the scroll to bring about the end of history. Jesus was and is the only one that can now finish off history to bring about God’s justice and glory. He died. He bore the wrath of God. He conquered death. No other human, angel, demon or Satan is worth to open the scroll that was written by the Father to bring to pass what He had ordained for the end of the world.

Steve pointed out 4 things from the text.

  1. There was a scroll.
  2. There was a search
  3. There was the sovereign Lion
  4. There was the singing.

Our lives as believers should consist of the singing to the only one worthy of worship and praise. Jesus alone is worthy to receive honor, and glory. He is the only one worthy to open the scroll.

For session 4, C.J. Mahaney spoke. He used Mark 5:1-20. He didn’t give us a specific topic of a category for Jesus like the past 3 preachers did. C.J. gave a visual representation of Christ. Mainly his power over the world. His sovereignty. Jesus healed a man who was tormented by demons. He had compassion on this man to free him from his bondage to unclean spirits and the people of the area pleaded with Him to leave. C.J. showed us the previous event the disciples went through and their near death experience on the sea of Galilee. Then, Jesus, after this episode with the man, heals a woman, raises a girl from the dead. Mark is showing the sovereignty of God.

C.J. showed us three things this passage is trying to teach us.

  1. To Learn the unique identity of the Savior as the Son of God
  2. To remind us of our condition before conversion
  3. To encourage us to emulate the example of the man saved from demons.

Some conference updates. They are giving a decent price on next years conference for only $100. Also, the first three sessions of Audio are up on the resolved website,

So far the topics we have covered have been Jesus as the convergence of God’s transcendence and God’s eminence. For Session 3, Steve Lawson was the preacher. He spoke on many subjects of who Christ is from Colossians 1:15-23.

From Colossians 1 we get that:

  1. Jesus is God (v 15)
  2. Jesus is Creator (v 16)
  3. Jesus is Sustainer (v 17)
  4. Jesus is Lord (v 18)
  5. Jesus is Savior (v 21)

He wanted us to understand that they were out flows of each other. You can’t have one without the one before it.  He also wanted us to remember that Jesus is Savior. He saves from sin, from the Father’s wrath, to reconcile us to the Father, to bring us back into a relationship with the Father.

Out of convenience to post blogs faster, I’m going to wait until later to post pictures.