Learning and Living the God-centered life

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Ridgecrest Retreat 2009

This is a complete summary of the teaching and notes from our Ridgecrest Retreat on May 1-3, 2009. Carmel Church has graciously agreed to provide audio CD’s from each of the teaching sessions. I will make these available hopefully with the next couple of weeks.

Friday night: May 1
Hold fast to your faith_Part 1 (audio)

Hold fast to your faith_Part 2 (audio)

Saturday night: May 2
The Sovereignty of God_Part 1 (audio)

The Sovereignty of God_Part 2 (audio)

Sunday morning: May 3
The Doctrine of Sin (audio)

The Doctrine of Justification (audio)

Retreat 2009_Sunday morning_parts 1&2

We concluded our time together at Ridgecrest by discussing two important doctrines that relate to the gospel. The first session was on the doctrine of sin and the second session covered the doctrine of justification. The audio is included as an option within each of the Slide Shows.

Retreat 2009_Friday night session

We started the retreat on Friday night, with an exhortation to remain faithful and steadfast, as we hold fast to the assurance of the gospel. The audio is included with the Power Point Presentation.

Mark 6:31 and our Retreat

Mark 6:31 And He *said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.
We live in the most hectic and technologically advanced time in human history. The stress levels that most Americans live under are huge and they continue to rise in lieu of our present economy. I have watched and been amazed that when Americans get in crisis they tend to isolate instead of congregate. It is as if we have a built in program that reads “if its to be then it is up to me.” Because of this mentality the average Christian experiences very little of Acts 2:42, in which believers were constantly coming together for teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer.

Therefore I ask that you who are going to the retreat or may still be considering it look with me at Mark 6:31. The context of this verse is the disciples have just finished their first missionary journey and have picked up the body of John the Baptist. This was a very stressful time in their lives and also the life of Christ. But this is how Jesus teaches them and us to handle the stress and the overwhelming challenges that pound on us in this life.

Whenever you say to a typical American that you are stressed out they almost immediately respond with “you need to get away.”
But notice that the Lord Jesus say we need to “come away.” Do you realize that when He says “come away” it is in the form of an invitation? When you come to Jesus then you must leave where you are, and go to where He is. I am so excited to know that the Lord Jesus is already at Ridgecrest and as He has gone before us He is giving us the invitation to come. Read More...

Retreat Agenda for May 1-3

Brimberry/Jones Class Retreat

Friday, May 1st to Sunday, May 3rd

Digging DeeperIn His WordGrowing Stronger… In His Grace

Friday, May 1

Check-In Begins 3:30 p.m. Main Desk

Dinner 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (meet in hotel lobby @ 5:15)

Opening Session 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Breakfast 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.

Session 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Break 9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Session 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Women’s Session 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Men’s Free Time 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Free Time Various Group Activities Available

Dinner 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Session 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 3

Breakfast 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.

Sunday Celebration 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Break 9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

(Time to remove luggage from room and return keys to Kay Jones)

Session 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Lunch 12:00

Back to Charlotte After lunch

Review of March 22

In class this morning the outline was as follows:
Part 1 - A word about DOCTRINE
Part 2 - Why do we need to study the DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY
Part 3 - A.W. Tozer’s evaluation of the modern churches view of God
Part 4 - Foundations of the Trinity - Reason #1 The Trinity and Salvation

In class next week, Lord willing, we will begin with The Trinity and Salvation. During these coming months I will be pulling notes, audio, video and resource materials from many different authors, pastors, theologians and teachers. The list will include people like John Frame, Stephen Charnock, Wayne Grudem, Paul Washer, Mark Kielar and Dr. Bruce Ware just to name a few. In many cases this information comes to you straight from notes I have gathered through my own personal study over the years and does not alway have the footnotes available. In the next few weeks I will lean heavily on Dr. Bruce Ware and his tremendous insight in regard to the Trinity. For those of you who are interested in more study on this topic may I highly recommend his book THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT.

The notes from today that you can view below will give you a review and preview of next week’s class. Please be patient as we move into the DOCTRINE OF GOD. Some of these things will require some time and meditation but I promise you it will be worth it.
Allow me to continue to exhort you to know these basic doctrines of the Bible. Again I point us all to 2 Timothy 2:15 - “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
I am so excited to be on this journey with you as we together are learning and living the God-centered life. May the notes serve to encourage you in personal study as you get in the word so the word can get into you!

Also note that audio CD’s are available each week at the table as you come into our class . These are free resources and we encourage you to take them, to listen, and share with others.

Ridgecrest Retreat - May 1-3

On May 1-3 we will have our initial class retreat in Asheville, NC at the Ridgecrest Conference Center. In the above picture Pat Jones meets with our representative at Ridgecrest who has reserved our rooms and meeting space.

The subject and title of the retreat will be “The Gospel, the power of God.” This of course comes from Romans 1:16 in which the apostle Paul is exhorting the Christians in Rome to continue believing the gospel. Many times in our Christian walk we can think that the gospel is something I heard and have done (past tense) but we need to understand, embrace and live out the gospel daily. Therefore I am excited about our time away where we can discuss the most important things in life as we seek to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. Over the next few months I will be posting a number of blog articles regarding our time together. There will be passages to read and meditate on and questions that will help us start to prepare for our time studying the gospel.

Below is a short video on the Ridgecrest Conference Center

Ridgecrest Conference Center from Pastor B. on Vimeo.