I know 2012 was a few years back, but that didn’t stop B&H Books from publishing this work in 2014. Jonathan Leeman is the General Editor for this compilation of sermons. He did a great job putting them together in book format. Here is list of the Pastors whose sermons are featured in this book, David Platt, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, Matt Chandler, R. Albert Mohler Jr. Thabiti Anyabwile, Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, and J. Ligon Duncan III. With this list of names you would expect to see some good sermons. I did, and I wasn’t disappointed. As you can tell from the name of the book, and the conference, the messages focused on the gospel of Jesus, and its power to change everything.
I don’t want to do the typical critical review here. It isn’t really that kind of work. This was sermons, preached to Pastors, for their edification, by other Pastors, at a conference. It was not a work of fiction, a history book, a “Christian living” book, theology book, or a biography. Considering that, I would rather just encourage you to read this volume of sermons for your own edification. You don’t have to be a Pastor to get the message from this book. Any Christian could pick this up and read it for their benefit. These men laid out for us the importance of preaching the gospel, and how it applies to every aspect of Christian conversion, security, life, evangelism, and discipleship. You get a view through a portal into the head and heart of these Pastors as they preach about the gospel.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of hearing fluff that doesn’t actually change anything, to Pastors who lack authority in their preaching, to Pastors who want to see their flock changed by the word of God. The worst that can happen is that you would spend a short time reading some very good sermons. If you are a false teacher, and false convert, the best thing that could happen, is that you could be genuinely saved, and motivated to give up that useless moralism, life enhancement, prosperity, best life now, drivel, you’ve been pushing, and actually preach the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified. Sorry if that seemed a bit harsh. I have sat in Churches that don’t preach the gospel. It gets me riled up now when I think about other poor souls sitting in a Church having nonsense preached at them. Seriously, if you are a Pastor, or know a Pastor, get them this book. It will aid them and encourage them.
You can pick up a copy here at Christianbook.com
You can also watch the entire conference for free on the site.