During the plenary session 2, Pastor John Piper spoke on “The gospel-shaped mind.”
The gospel shapes a life through worship.
God created you with a mind and a heart. The mind serves the heart and it results in a white hot affection for God.
(Taking notes on Piper is like reading his books. He is deep and thought provoking, but he talks so fast and doesn’t’ repeat himself. Thus you only catch portions. Unlike his books, you can’t reread to make sure you understand. That being said, he is animated in his delivery and passionate about God, both of which keep the listener engaged.)
See Luke’s version of the great commandment
Use your mind to stoke your passion for God in the heart
Submit your mind objectively to the truth, not subjectively
The mind is then released from self-exalted pursuits
This forces the mind to serve the heart
During the plenary session 4, Piper spoke on “The gospel-shaped heart.”
(In his intro, Piper did a good job synthesizing the different speakers and their topics and drawing a cohesive theme throughout the conference.)
In answering the question, “what is the gospel?” Piper said that the gospel is:
A plan – this involves predestination and God’s foreknowledge
An event – Christ died for us
An achievement – propitiation through substitution
A free offer for faith – Romans 3:28
An achievement applied to you – Acts 10:48; forgiveness
Gets us God – 1 Peter 3:18; God gives us the gift of himself
We are freed from guilt, fitted for joy, and fulfilled in God. The gospel frees the heart from the misery of guilt. The heart is then fitted for a new range of affections. The heart is shaped by what is fulfilled in Jesus.
What is meant by affections? Not bodily emotions, but spiritual affections
Why would the mind serve the heart? John 8:32
Shouldn’t action be included in the goal? The facets of behavior come out of the heart
How does this all relate to the glory of God? You glorify what you are satisfied in. White hot affection is as far from lukewarm as can be.
Keys to successful ministry as a pastor
Pursue your joy in God, even if it costs you your life
Hebrews 13:17 – be happy in the delights of ministry—our people rely on us
2 Corinthians 1:24 – our mission is to come alongside people to work for their joy. In preaching, we spread a banquet for people, who respond with “Ahh!”—worship.
If we follow Scripture, people will be protected from (1) dead orthodoxy or plastic pragmatism; and (2) anti-intellectualism or charismatic excesses.
If you want to magnify God, then treasure him more than all that life can give and all that death can take.