Thanks to those of you who e-mailed to let me know that you were/had been praying for all of us at Christ Church as we gathered together for this year's Reformation Conference. This conference is part of our quarterly CrossRoads equipping series - weekends designed to strengthen community and practically connect life and the gospel. Each weekend has a particular theme and this time around our focus was on the sufficiency of grace in our lives.
This was our sixth CrossRoads weekend and in my opinion it was our most 'successful.' Alan Carter, senior pastor at Faith Church in Birmingham, preached on Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning and preached three of the best sermons I've heard him preach - unfortunately, the audio recording demons have struck again and somehow all three sessions didn't record *insert bowling language*
Along with the main sessions, we also offered three separate breakout sessions connecting grace to relationships, generosity, and the local church. By the end of the weekend, we had spent over eight hours eating together, laughing together, sharing studies and opening the Scriptures to be reminded of the hope and mission that we have because of grace.
Our worship gathering on Sunday was one of, if not, the most powerful expressions of the presence of God in his grace and mercy to his people since I've been here at Christ Church. Good to know that grace isn't something you just talk about...