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May 07 2012

Grace, Grace…God’s Grace

Conference Audio from Liberate 2012 is now available for free downloading. The basic topic is understanding the biblical concept of grace.  Speakers are Tullian Tchividjian, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Scotty Smith, Paul Tripp, Michael Horton, and Darrin Patrick.  Also available is a helpful Post-Conference Parenting Seminar with Elyse Fitzpatrick.

Tullian Tchividjian explains the purpose behind the Liberate Conference:

The idea that once God saves us his plan isn’t to steer us beyond the gospel, but to move us more deeply into the gospel, is gaining traction in churches of all stripes and denominations. And that’s a great thing. But as far as we’ve come, I’m convinced that God is summoning us to go deeper, to go “higher up and further back.”

As encouraging as it is to see a growing interest in the now-power of the gospel, I still find that there is fear, reservation, skepticism, and nervousness regarding the radicality of the gospel and the hilarious freedom that comes with it. Even those of us who have experienced the unconditional, saving grace of God find it intuitively difficult not to put conditions on grace– “don’t take it too far; keep it balanced”, we say. The truth is, however, that a “yes grace but” posture perpetuates slavery in our lives and in the church.

I wholeheartedly believe that the gospel of grace is way more drastic, way more offensive, way more liberating, way more shocking, and way more counterintuitive than any of us realize. There is nothing more radically unbalanced and drastically unsafe than grace. It has no “but”: it’s unconditional, uncontrollable, unpredictable, and undomesticated. It unsettles everything. There is a dangerous depth to the gospel that needs to be rediscovered and embraced…and that’s what the LIBERATE Conference is all about.

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