Archive for the ‘Platt Excerpts’ Category

  1. Some Questions to Ask Before Leaving a Church

    Posted on April 7th, 2014 by David Burnette


    Pastor David talks about when it’s appropriate to leave a church.

  2. Is There a Second Baptism in the Spirit?

    Posted on March 26th, 2014 by Eric Parker

    Pastor David explores the biblical teaching on the so-called second baptism in the Holy Spirit. Click here to access the Secret Church “Exploring the Holy Spirit” in its entirety.

  3. Some Resources You May Have Missed

    Posted on March 20th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

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    In case you missed it, late last year, B&H Publishing Group released two books in their Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series from David Platt. Exalting Jesus in Matthew is taken from Pastor David’s six-month-long sermon series on the Gospel, and in Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, Pastor David provides commentary on 1 Timothy also based on a past sermon series (Tony Merida covers 2 Timothy, and Danny Akin covers Titus).

    Based on sermons, these commentaries don’t read like an academic essays. They are highly accessible and will prove to be a helpful tool for anyone who wants to see Jesus more clearly as they study their Bibles, from individuals to small group leaders to pastors. Here’s a sample:

    The beginning of the end.

    That’s the best way to describe Matthew 21. For 20 chapters we have journeyed with Jesus from Bethlehem to Egypt to Nazareth, throughout Galilee, into Capernaum and Gennesaret, into the Gentile areas of Tyre and Sidon, to Magadan and Caesarea Philippi, and into Jericho and Judea. Now, for the first time in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus enters Jerusalem.

    Matthew 21 records the last week of Jesus’ life. For three years Jesus had preached, taught, and healed, and now, during Passover week, He was entering the holy city. It would be difficult to exaggerate the significance of the events that transpire in the remainder of this Gospel. Over a period of eight days, Jesus entered Jerusalem, cleansed the temple, challenged the religious leaders, instituted the Lord’s Supper, got arrested, was tried, was crucified, and then was raised from the dead. This was the week all of creation had been waiting for. Back in the garden, God had promised the serpent, “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Gen 3:15). The Son of God ultimately fulfilled that promise, crushing the head of the snake by His death and resurrection. The events of this week, planned before the foundation of the world, were not just climactic for Jesus’ life; this was the climactic week for all of history! (Exalting Jesus in Matthew, p 277)

    If you enjoyed that, then keep your eye on this series from B&H as other volumes will be appearing in the near future. May they serve you well as you proclaim Christ.

  4. Fighting Pornography

    Posted on March 19th, 2014 by Eric Parker

    Pastor David addresses the issue of pornography, and how to fight it. Click here to access Secret Church 11″Family, Marriage, Sex, & the Gospel” in its entirety.

     

    Many of today’s pervasive issues, such as pornography, will be covered in the upcoming Secret Church, “The Cross and Everyday Life.” To find out more information about Secret Church, go to www.secretchurch.org.

  5. The Spoken Word of God

    Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Eric Parker

    All throughout history, God has worked mightily through his Word. You need not go any further than Genesis 1 to see this in action. However, in today’s American evangelical context, God’s Word tends to be minimized for the sake of practicality. If you want to reach the crowds, if you want to have a good quiet time, if you want to grow your church or ministry, then the cry is usually, “We need more!” That is, we need more than what the Bible has to offer in order to meet with God.

    But, when the Word of God is read or heard carefully,  thoughtfully, and prayerfully, its logic and meaning have the power to transform us. And when this Word is proclaimed, its message may even produce something like a graphic image of the truth in our hearts and minds. It’s analogous to adding color to a black and white picture. The content of the picture has not changed, but the image has been deepened and sharpened to help the viewer see more vividly the reality it portrays.

    In the video below from Session X of the CROSS student missions conference, pastor David recites Romans 1-8. This is a good example of the power of God’s Word proclaimed, even without explanation. You can access the entirety of the message, “Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission,” by going here.

    To learn more about the blessings of Scripture intake and Scripture memory,  join us for Secret Church 14 “The Cross and Everyday Life.”

  6. How Far Is Too Far?

    Posted on February 19th, 2014 by Eric Parker

    Pastor David addresses a pressing question for our generation: How far is too far (sexually) for an unmarried couple? Go here to access “The Cross and Christian Sexuality-Part 2″ in its entirety.

     

  7. How the Cross is Like a Mack Truck

    Posted on February 12th, 2014 by Eric Parker

    In providing life for us, the cross of Christ also brings about death to our old self. We now lay our lives down in terms of our mission and our preferences for the sake of advancing Jesus’ mission. Click here to view “The Pastor and His Calling” in its entirety.

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    Are We Worshiping Sports?

    Posted on February 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

    In the wake of Super Bowl XLVIII, Albert Mohler commented on a recent essay published in The Washington Post titled “Is Religion Losing Ground To Sports?” Their answer was yes, and so was Mohler’s. According to him,

    Sports StadiumThe fastest-growing segment of the American public in terms of religious identification is the ‘nones,’ designating those who identify with no religious tradition at all. At the same time, a religious dedication to sports has been growing. While correlation does not prove causation, the links between these two developments are haunting.

    How is it haunting? Mohler pointed out the undying devotion of adolescent athletes and their parents who scarcely miss a practice, much less a game, while simultaneously, “team sports activities or other forms of organized athletics have taken many evangelical families away from church activities.” What is the object of our worship? To top off this sobering comparison, he metaphorically referred to the stadium in which next year’s already-anticipated Super Bowl will be held as a “cathedral” and the travel of the masses to it as a “pilgrimage.”

    Given the wild popularity of athletics in our cultural climate today, this is one of the topics that David Platt will focus on in the upcoming Secret Church simulcast, “The Cross and Everyday Life.” As you’ll see in the below clip, though he is not opposed to sports, he resonates with Albert Mohler when it comes to the haunting correlation between the (often idolatrous) devotion people have to sports and the seeming lack of devotion they have to the church. Register for the April 18 simulcast to hear him unpack this a little bit more and explain how the gospel compels us to engage in sports in a healthy way.

  9. Humility Before the Cross

    Posted on February 6th, 2014 by Eric Parker

    Pastor David talking about the humility we should have before the cross of Christ. Click here to view “The Pastor and His Calling” in its entirety.

  10. Seeking the City that is to Come

    Posted on February 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

    For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
    - Hebrews 13:14

    Seeking God’s future city changes everything about how we live in the present. Here’s a video from the IMB in which David Platt encourages us along these lines.