Report from Legacy

Here are a few drops from the showers of blessings at the Legacy conference.

There are saints who are preaching the Biblical Gospel, teaching Biblical Theology, edifying the brethren and leading the congregation of God in worship- all using the medium of hip hop. I did not even know this until about a year ago. It was a blessing, and very humbling, to meet many of these brothers and see them being used of God to exalt Christ and minister to Jesus’ church.

I was overjoyed to see and meet hundreds of young people the Lord is raising up to represent and serve Christ in the next generation. The young people I met shared how God saved them called them into various ministries. God is preparing them to be missionaries, evangelists, teachers, street preachers, pastors and worship leaders. They are being trained in the deep things of God as well as being trained how to disciple and “teach others also”; 2Tim.2:2.

One thing I rejoiced in was the fact that this conference had nothing to do with the various unbiblical movements that are currently popular in American Christianity. I’m referring to the Emergent, church growth, and “signs-wonders-I-got- a-word from God” movements which are basically man centered. No, these young believers were studying Biblical Doctrine and Theology and the focus was JESUS: knowing, serving and worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth. I loved observing all these young urbanites reading “Biblical Theology” books and attending workshops such as, “The Attributes of God”. The core values of this conference consist of the “5 Solas”; this year’s theme was Sola Scriptura.

DSC01646I chatted with Jerry who told me how God saved him in high school and called him to be a pastor. He is from the Bronx and before he even knew where the rest of his first semester tuition was going to come from, he already had his truck packed and ready to go to Bible college. By the time he arrived, the Lord had provided the last few thousand dollars he needed to start his freshman year. His father is a postman and his mother cleans rooms, and Jerry works in addition to starting Bible school this fall. This young man was on fire with love for Christ and the people of God. He is following Jesus. And there were hundreds more, just like him.

Finally, the most blessed thing at Legacy –besides the fellowship, corporate worship and theological unity — was the call to return to the preaching of the BIBLICAL GOSPEL.

Don’t Waste Your Life video- Lecrae

Lecrae & friends and Desiring God team up for this inspirational, exciting and beautifully produced video. The “Don’t Waste Your Life” theme is wonderfully demonstrated in this story of two friends who commit assault and robbery. One man gets caught; the other gets away. While in prison, Lecrae gets “apprehended by Christ” (someone witnessed to him!) and he is a changed man. His friend is on the outside, enjoying the “good life”. Lecrae sends his friend a package with a Bible and a long letter, in which he witnesses and pleads with his friend not to waste his life. He’s also declaring his desire not to waste his life anymore; he now lives for Christ.

The man is moved by his friend’s transformation and is convicted as he reads. The video ends as he picks up the Bible and letter, leaves his friends hanging out at his apartment, gets in his car and goes to visit his friend. As they meet in the prison visiting area, the man smiles at Lecrae and taps the Bible, showing that he has a humble attitude and wants to hear more.

Fantastic encouragement for witnessing!

Summer CD Tract

Ok I finally decided what I’ll be distributing the most this summer, as the Lord leads. For those who understand English and would not be disagreeable to Hip Hop style (yes that still leaves a lot of people!), I’ve decided to go with Lampmode’s Grassroots EP which can be described as “theologically rich, Christ-centered lyricism over rugged instrumentals.” There’s real preaching in these songs. At the end I added two really biblical gospel-telling “sermon jams”. This one is about how it is only something outside of you, namely Jesus Christ, that can rescue you. The other one is about how everyone is guilty before God in their sins. The gospel is clearly, lovingly and gloriously preached in both.

Woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel! 1Cor.9:16

Encouraging videos

Preaching. Exhortation. Hip Hop. Be encouraged.

God strengthens us by the Gospel!

God rewards faithfulness not fruitfulness!

Get a Holy ambition!

We’re in good company: God uses the Unqualified!

We’re in good company: with God’s saints down thru history!

And this is for all my street preaching friends- you know who you are! -and for anyone who wants to street preach, and for everyone who needs to be edified today by hearing a man preach his heart out on the streets. I love this brother’s really biblical, bold, and Christ glorifying gospel message. And he has a really loving attitude as he preaches it.

Street preaching in Philly!