The Gospel Coalition (TGC) is an international ministry based out of the USA under the leadership of Tim Keller and D. A. Carson. TGC is being used by God to assist Christians, local churches and missionaries around the world to equip them for ministry and in their understanding of Scripture. For the latter, TGC has a rich and deep ministry which provides resources in various forms to help believers understand Scripture better. One of these resources is the semi annual conferences they hold which has general and breakout sessions. The conferences are centered on a theme which the general sessions focus on and the breakout sessions are available for other areas of focus.
In 2012 TGC held its first women’s conference titled Here is Our God: God’s Revelation of Himself in Scripture. The general sessions address eight theophany passages beginning in Exodus and ending in Revelation. TGC decided to put these sessions in book form carrying the same title as the conference itself. The contributors and their passages are as follows:
- Tim Keller – Exodus 19
- Paige Brown – 1 Kings 8
- John Piper – Isaiah 6
- Carrie Sandom – Psalm 40
- Nancy Leigh DeMoss – Matthew 17:1-15
- Jenny Salt – 2 Corinthians 12
- Kathleen Nielson – Revelation 4-5
- D. A. Carson – Revelation 21-22
The central point of the theme that runs through the book is that through His self-revelation in the Old Testament God is pointing us to Christ as revealed in the New Testament. One thing that particularity stood out to me in Tim Keller’s chapter (Exodus 19) was the connection the writer of Hebrews makes with Christ and Exodus 19. In Exodus 19 the Israelites have great fear and distance between then and God as Moses (their mediator) is on the mountain with God. But when Christ comes He becomes the mediator to the Father and we are brought near to Him – no more fear and distance. D. A. Carson’s final chapter on Revelation 21-22 is the perfect end to this series of text’s on the theophany passages covered. Together these chapters really put the whole Bible together in terms of God’s revelation of Himself to man and His presence with us.
If you want to read what was taught at the 2012 TGC National Women’s Conference then pick up Here is Our God. It serves as a great mini-biblical theology and it is easy to use for your devotions or in a small group. It is even good for those who attended and want to revisit the great teaching they heard.
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