Hopeful Universalist

2014 The Nines Conference

In this 5-minute session from the 2014 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Brady Herbert shares from his own experience how to be empathetic and faithful to Scripture when talking to people who do not believe that Christ is the only way. Brady Herbert is Lead Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. 

Which of Brady’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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“This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” 1 Timothy 2:4–5 ESV

Brady said that this verse teaches that we can be both hopeful universalists and humble preachers of Christ Jesus. We should hope that all people believe, empathize with people who cannot, and ultimately rest in the authority of Scripture alone. Consider how this might change your conversations with non-Christians.  

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