Voddie Baucham could have delivered the best session of the weekend. He spoke on the the Supremacy of Christ in Truth, in a postmodern world. He addressed the four questions everyone asks themselves from two separate perspectives naturalism (post modern) and Christian theism. The four questions he answered were: Who am I? Why am I here? What is wrong with the world? And how can what is wrong be made right? He first discussed these questions from a naturalistic point of view. Who am I is no one. Why am I here is to consume and enjoy. He pointed out the combination of these two can be deadly, “Have we not seen the logical conclusion of this kind of social darwinism?” Furthermore, What is wrong with the world? The naturalist says people are insufficiently educated or insufficiently governed and the answer is more education and more government. Of course who’s governing the governors? For the Christian perspective Baucham exposited Colossians 1. Who am I? “You are the crowning glory of the creation of God.” Why am I here? The purpose of all things is to bring him glory and honor. “The supremacy of Christ in the very purpose of existance.” What is wrong with the world? Baucham said it was me. He illustrated that people often ask him on University campuses how to explain the problem of evil. Baucham tells them he will not answer the question until they ask it the right way, as so: “How on earth can a holy and righteous God know what I did and thought yesterday, and not kill me on the spot.” We like to say “how dare God not employ his power on behalf of almighty man… as a result I want a God who is omnipotent but not sovereign.” Baucham asked what it would look like if God was sovereign in our lives. I couldn’t help but break down to tears as he transitioned from the Supremacy of Christ to the overwhelming conclusion in verses 21-23.
Col. 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation* under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
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Thanks, Matt. We’ll download the messages as soon as we can.