Wednesday, July 20, 2005

From SBFYC at Laguna Beach, Florida

I am spending this week with 50 of my favorite young people and several favorite adult church members attending the Saved By Faith Youth Challenge conference. The theme is "Evangelizing the Last Frontier." David Sitton and Steve Henry are the guest speakers and, thus far, the meetings have been very good. They are from To Every Tribe Missions (they have a website, but I don't have the address at hand). Nearly 300 campers are attending. An IMB worker from an unreached Muslim group is also speaking. Each of these missionaries are committed to the Doctrines of Grace and engage their ministries not inspite of, but because of their understanding of the sovereignty of God in salvation. I wish my Arminian friends could be here to hear them. Not that I think they would all instantly become Calvinists by doing so. But the experience may at least give them pause when tempted to perpetrate the lie that biblical Calvinism kills missions. In the first week of this conference (held in Bolivar, Missouri earlier this month), over 40 young people and adults committed themselves to cross-cultural missions. That doesn't seem like a missions-killing impact to me.

Pray for this meeting today and tomorrow. May God raise up hundreds of youth and adults to storm the nations with the Gospel.

I will give a further report later this week or early next week.

3 comments:

ajlin said...

Praise God for you, Tom Ascol!
This is the first time that I have seen this blog (James White posted a link to it.) I would like to take this chance to thank you for the work that you are doing. So many of my friends and acquaintances have come to embrace reformed theology, and then have left their churches to join- or often to help start- new, independent churches. In many cases this is an understandable decision, but it is good to see that with the Founders Ministries that there are some reformed evangelicals that actually are willing to do the work of reforming church congregations according to sound doctrine. Hallelujah!

John Divito said...

Tom,

Great to see you blogging!

Here's the link for To Every Tribe Ministries: http://www.toeverytribe.com/.

Keep up the great work!

Josh said...

David was at My Church just a few Wednesday evenings ago. It was a great service. Godspeed and Grace to the Founders of the SBC.