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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.”
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.
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.
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,
The 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.
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.
Posted on February 5th, 2014 by Jonathan
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.
Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Eric Parker
In Secret Church 9, “The Body of Christ,” Pastor David explores the question of whether or not Scripture permits women to serve as deacons. Click here to access Secret Church 9 in its entirety.
Posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Eric Parker
In Secret Church 11, “Family, Marriage, Sex, and the Gospel”, Pastor David helps us think biblically about abortion. Click here to access Secret Church 9 in its entirety.
Posted on January 16th, 2014 by Eric Parker
In Secret Church 9, “The Body of Christ”, Pastor David helps us think through the relationship in the Bible between Israel and the Church. Click here to access Secret Church 9 in its entirety.
Posted on January 8th, 2014 by Eric Parker
Does God exist? This question has to often been answered with a quick “No!” But is this answer really so easy to uphold? Pastor David helps us begin to think through this difficult question. Go here to access the Secret Church titled “Who is God?” in its entirety.
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