Matt Carter, lead pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas spoke on “Three Biblical Reasons Why You Should Be Thinking About and Engaging the Nations.”
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), spoke on James 2:1-13. He used the analogy of the church as an embassy or outpost of the Kingdom of God.
Panel Discussion – A panel featuring all six Ekklesia speakers responded with Christian perspectives to common questions from joining a church to immigration reform to the importance of missions.
Dhati Lewis, lead pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Ga., preached on Ephesians 4:1-16. His message focused on the vision for a faithfully functioning biblical community that fights for unity, clarity and maturity in the church.
Daniel Akin, the president of SEBTS, preached on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, drawing “A Biblical Portrait of a Healthy Ekklesia.”
Tony Merida currently serves the pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. and associate professor of preaching at SEBTS. He preached on Galatians 6:1-10 and shared five ways to live out spirit-filled community while highlighting obstacles and responsibilities that Christians encounter today.
Steve Timmis is the co-founder of The Crowded House, the co-director of the Porterbrook Network and the director of Acts 29 in Western Europe. His message focused on Acts 4 – 5:16 as a passage that is stunning, sobering and spectacular.
Preaching from John 21:18-23, Moore encourages us to take comfort in knowing the best and worst things that could possibly happen to us have already happened in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
Redmond reminds us that sometimes God brings us to the point of failure so that we can see how great is His strength.