At this year’s Sovereign Grace church planting conference (Plant and Build), I expected to most enjoy Mark Dever’s or C. J. Mahaney’s talks. In all honesty, that’s what initially drew me to the conference. But while their messages were solid, I must say that I was especially appreciative of Darrin Patrick’s.
I’ve never heard Pastor Darrin speak before. Actually, I hadn’t even heard of him. But I’m happy to report that it was a great delight to listen to him. It wasn’t his oratory skills that struck me, which, don’t me wrong, are perfectly fine, rather it was the content of his message that most impressed me.
Using his own life as an example, he outlines a host of mistakes (both personal and ecclesiastical) made during his season of planting a church. They are gems and should be cherished by all future church planters. Several times I found myself feeling extremely convicted, and I’m not even a church planter. This is due in large part to the universal applicability of sinful behavior. We can all relate to his struggles.
All in all, I very much appreciated the genuineness and candor of his confession. I heartily commend it to you.
Must Listen Factor: If you are planting a church or about to plant a church, follow these steps: (1) Stop what you are doing, (2) click the picture, (3) download the message, (4) take a long walk and listen to what you just downloaded.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
Length: About an hour.
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