The Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us. –John Stott
The first time I remember hearing that quote was at a Sovereign Grace conference. It captured me then. It compels me now. I remember sitting in a main session with brothers and sisters from many churches hearing about the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the mystery of His atoning death, the glory of His saving grace. I remember conference visions blurred by tearful affection for a Savior who died in my place.
But we are all prone to wander, and our gospel affections have a limited half life. And so we must return again to the blazing fire and peer again into the mystery of His sacrifice. We must climb redemption’s hill again through faith so that our spirits can be sparked with affection for the Lord Jesus and the gift of grace. Every generation needs to climb that same hill, hear that same message, be ignited by that same fire.
More than any other value, the Transfer conference is deigned to Transfer the Gospel. We don’t want the gospel to be only the passion of our parents or the passion of the first generation of Sovereign Grace churches. We want the passion to increase as new generations begin our pilgrimage toward Zion. We want teenagers and singles to be led near to the blazing fire, very near, so that its sparks can fall on them, so their eyes can light up with a holy zeal for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to Transfer the Gospel. And if we are some of the younger ones, we want to receive the gospel, so that in a few years we can transfer it again, undiminished and still blazing in our hearts.