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Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan
The room was packed full of people, and the preacher held the audience in the palm of his hand. “I would like everyone to bow your heads and close your eyes,” he said, and we all followed suit.
He then declared, “Tonight, I want to call you to put your faith in God. Tonight, I am urging you to begin a personal relationship with Jesus for the first time in your life. Let me be clear,” he said, “I’m not inviting you to join the church. I’m just inviting you to come to Christ.” As the preacher passionately pleaded for personal decisions, scores of people stood from their seats and walked down the aisles of the auditorium to make a commitment to Christ.
Yet there was a problem in all of this. These people had been deceived. They had been told that it is possible to make a commitment to Christ apart from a commitment to the church. The reality, however, is that it’s biblically impossible to follow Christ apart from joining his church. In fact, anyone who claims to be a Christian yet is not an active member of a church may not actually be a follower of Christ at all.
To some, maybe many, this may sound heretical. “Are you saying that joining the church makes someone a Christian?” you might ask. Absolutely not. Joining a church most certainly does not make someone a Christian.
At the same time, to identify your life with the person of Christ is to join your life with the people of Christ. To surrender your life to his commands is to commit your life to his church. It is biblically, spiritually, and practically impossible to be a disciple of Christ (and much less make disciples of Christ) apart from total devotion to a family of Christians.
But so many people think it is possible–and they try to live like it’s possible. It has even become a mark of spiritual maturity today for some professing Christians to not be active in a church. “I’m in love with Jesus,” people will say, “but I just can’t stand the church.”
Isn’t the church the bride of Christ? What if I said to you, “Man, I love you, but have I ever told you how much I can’t stand your wife?” Would you take that as a compliment?
Similarly, isn’t the church the body of Christ? What if my wife said to me, “David, I love you, but I can’t stand your body”? I can assure you that I wouldn’t take that as a compliment.
It’s impossible to follow Jesus fully without loving his bride selflessly, and it’s impossible to think we can enjoy Christ apart from his body. Jesus goes so far as to identify the church with himself when he asks Saul on the road to Damascus, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul hadn’t persecuted Christ himself, but he had persecuted Christians, so in essence Jesus was saying, “When you mess with them, you mess with me.”
To come to Christ is to become part of his church. Followers of Jesus have the privilege of being identified with his family. As we die to ourselves, we live for others, and everything Christ does in us begins to affect everyone Christ puts around us. Recognizing this reality and experiencing the relationship that God has designed for his people specifically in the church are essential to being a disciple and making disciples of all nations.
– The above excerpt can be found on pages 149-151 of Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live by David Platt.
In discussing the blessing of having regular family worship, Pastor David describes for us a typical night at the Platt house including “silly songs.”
Go here to access this sermon, “The Gospel for Generations Past and Future,” in it’s entirety.
To help in this area of family worship, we provide Family Worship Guides for free on our website. Simply go to any individual sermon from 2010–present (under the Resource tab) and click on the Materials dropdown box. Go here to view a sample.
Family Worship Guides were created to help you read, study the Bible, pray, and worship together as a family. These guides also include helpful tips for making family worship appropriate for children of different ages. Adapt them to fit your particular situation.
David Platt helps us gain some much needed perspective when we ask the question “Why is there only one way to God?” Go here to access this message in its entirety.
From Pastor David’s sermon, The Gospel and the Rich, on February 9, 2014 …
I want to be clear: using this word is not intended to distinguish radical Christianity from some other brand of Christianity. It’s intended to show that biblical Christianity–true, authentic Christianity–is inevitably radical Christianity. For you and for anyone in this room to come to Jesus means to lay down your life and your possessions and your pursuits and your family and your future–your everything–to surrender to him. Jesus never calls a person to partial, casual discipleship … cultural discipleship. There’s one option: radical discipleship. It’s the surrender of everything you have and everything you are to Jesus.
So to every Christian in this room, to every follower of Christ, you have surrendered the right to determine the direction of your life. You do not determine where you live. You do not determine how you live. You do not determine how you spend your money. You have relinquished that right. He determines all of these things. Your role, and my role, is not to consider what he says and then decide what we think about it. Your role, and my role, is to listen and obey. He’s Lord.
Posted on May 19th, 2014 by Eric Parker
In Secret Church 9, “The Body of Christ”, Pastor David helps us think through the difference between the Church and the Kingdom of God. To access this Secret Church it in its entirety, click here.
Posted on May 15th, 2014 by Eric Parker
Pastor David quoting from the Psalms, calls God’s people to give God glory. You can find this message in its entirety by going here.
Posted on May 14th, 2014 by Jonathan
Perhaps no book in the Bible is as directly helpful for pushing people to cry out to God than Psalms. Take Psalm 56, for instance …
At no fault of his own, David was a fugitive.
Fleeing King Saul–murderous with jealous hatred toward David–he sought refuge in Gath. Not long after arriving in Goliath’s hometown (who David had struck down and whose sword he now carried), he was seized by Achish, the king of Gath. It was in these desperate circumstances that David penned Psalm 56. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (vv 3-4).
What could man do to David? A lot. After all, he was not just at odds with the school bully who wanted his lunch money. We were talking about Saul and Achish, kings who had authority … and who did not exactly count David a friend. How, then, does he get from “when I am afraid” to “I shall not be afraid”?
The answer is clear: he trusts in the character of God and praises the Word of God (vv 3-4, 10-11). God is an omnipotent, merciful, just, and caring Deliverer who gives light to life. And God’s Word is supreme, sure, and sufficient.
While we may not be able to directly identify with a to-be king on the run from two other kings who want him dead, we can definitely find some common ground. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, been opposed, felt alone, or been afraid, then take comfort in Psalm 56 and let it propel you to trust in God and praise his Word. The God in whom David trusted and the Word David praised has not changed–he is just as true and just as dependable today. You need only to turn to him.
There is a difference though. When we trust in God’s character and praise God’s Word today, we do so in the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the fullness of God’s character and the Word made flesh. So when we let Psalm 56 instruct us in our time of need, our gaze is directed toward Jesus.
The above was from Pastor David’s sermon “From Fear to Faith,” which kicked off a six-week-period in which three Psalms will be taught each week. We’ll be posting Psalm-related encouragement here on our blog throughout the mini series. You can access last week’s messages here:
Posted on May 6th, 2014 by Eric Parker
In Secret Church 11, “Family, Marriage, Sex, and the Gospel”, Pastor David addresses the topic of homosexuality in order to help us think through this topic biblically. Go here to view SC 11 in its entirety.
The below excerpt is from Pastor David’s book, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live (88-90).
Following Jesus necessitates believing Jesus, and believing Jesus leads to proclaiming Jesus. Consequently, a privatized faith in a resurrected Christ is practically inconceivable. Yet privatized Christianity is a curse across our culture and the church today.
Multitudes of professing Christians say (or at least think), “Jesus has saved me. Jesus’ teachings work for me. But who am I to to tell other people what they should believe? Who am I to tell others that their belief is wrong and my belief is right? Even more, who am I to tell them that if they don’t believe in what I believe, they will spend forever in hell?”
I completely understand this feeling. I remember standing one day in a sea of people in northern India. If you’ve never been to India, just think people. Lots and lots and lots of people. Approximately 1.2 billion of them, to be precise, over 600 million of whom live in northern India. Crowded streets and urban slums are surrounded by seemingly endless villages that span the countryside. Economic disparity runs rampant as more people live below the poverty line in India than the entire population of the United States put together.
But India’s poverty is not merely physical; it’s spiritual, as well. The church partners with whom we work in India estimate that approximately 0.5 percent of the people in northern India are Christians. In other words, 99.5 percent of the people in northern India have not believed in Christ for salvation.
Knowing this, I looked around me one day in that crowded sea of people and thought to myself, Who am I to travel all the way over here to tell these people what they need to believe? Who am I to tell them that all of their gods are false, whether they’re Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, or any other gods, because Jesus is the only true God? And who am I to tell 597 million non-Christians who surround me at this moment that if they do not turn from their sin and trust in Jesus, every one of them will spend eternity in hell?
It felt extremely arrogant, completely unloving, and uncomfortably brash to claim that 597 million Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Sikhs around me at that moment would go to hell if they didn’t trust in Jesus. And absolutely, such a claim would be arrogant, unloving, and brash–unless it is true.
If Jesus were just another religious teacher on the landscape of human history, offering his thoughts and opinions regarding how people should live, then it would definitely be arrogant, unloving, and outright foolish for me (or anyone else) to travel around the world telling people they need to either follow Jesus or face hell. But Jesus is indeed more than just another religious teacher, and Jesus is indeed the resurrected God, Savior, and King who alone has paid the price for sinners and paved the way for everlasting salvation, so telling people everywhere about Jesus is the only thing that makes sense. It is the height of arrogance to sit silent while 597 million Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Sikhs go to hell. It is the epitome of hate to not sacrifice your very life to spread this Good News among every person you know and every people group on the planet.
Posted on April 7th, 2014 by David Burnette
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