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Posted on November 18th, 2013 by admin
The next Secret Church is coming and the theme will be The Cross and Everday Life. How does the cross affect our everyday moments?
We’re looking for videos with those everyday moments, wherever you live, whatever you do. Would you grab your smartphone (or your video camera) and capture some of the moments in your day? We’re not looking for anything professional, just you and your phone will do! Amanda used her phone and sent us a few moments from her day. We used them to make this quick video.
You can email your video(s) to us or you can upload them right on our video site. Go to ShareYourVideo.net for more information.
We look forward to getting your submissions!
Posted on November 12th, 2013 by Jonathan
The following excerpt is taken from a Washington Post blog post.
Though months ago such a move was threatened as Iranian officials pressured Pastor Saeed to recant his faith in Christ and convert to Islam, the transfer, which occurred Sunday, was abrupt and unexplained.
Pastor Saeed’s family in Iran who had been regularly able to visit him once a week was told he had inexplicably been transferred and was denied the ability to see him.
This deeply disturbing development not only cuts him off from contact with his Iranian family but poses a severe danger to Pastor Saeed’s life.
One diplomat described Rajai Shahr Prison in these unmistakably grave terms:
“Rajai Shahr is the place where political prisoners who are seen as a nuisance, are stowed away. Going to Karaj is a severe punishment. Once in there one stops to be a human being. One is put out of sight, even of human rights activists and the press. In Rajaï Shahr, political prisoners have to share cells with dangerous criminals like murderers, rapists and drug addicts who don’t hesitate to attack their cell mates. They have nothing to lose: many of them are condemned to death anyway. Murders or unexplained deaths are a regular occurrence.”
To read the entire post, click here.
For regular updates on Saeed Abedini, check out the Be Heard Project.
For this post and others on the persecuted church, as well as updates and information on Secret Church gatherings, check out the Secret Church blog.
Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Eric Parker
We live in a church culture that often reflects a kind of consumeristic mindset when it comes to church attendance. We might call it “church shopping and hopping”. So the question might be posed, “Is local church membership necessary?” Pastor David offers some biblical insight on a difficult question.
Posted on October 31st, 2013 by Jonathan
Secret Church is an annual simulcast gathering in which Christians from around the globe spend an extended period of time studying the Word together. Pastor David Platt leads this time, inspired to begin the gatherings after spending time overseas in real underground churches. Believers who worship in such contexts hunger for God’s Word in a way that is foreign to many of us Western Christians who take it for granted. When persecuted Christians risk meeting in secret churches, they often spend hours on end in the Word because future meetings are uncertain due to security concerns. For this reason, integral to each Secret Church gathering is a time of prayer for an area of the world in which there are few Christians and the cost of following Christ is high. With that in mind…
Simulcast registration for SC 14: The Cross and Everyday Life is now open! Make plans to join us on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, as we dive into the Word. Pastor David will lead us through how the cross affects our day-to-day life, and we’ll petition God together for Him to make this life-transforming gospel known in an area of the world with few believers and much opposition to Christ. Remember, you can simulcast in your church building or in your home. It’s simple: a computer + a good internet connection + registration = SC 14 on Good Friday. I have a sneaking suspicion that most of you already have 2 of these 3 components. That leaves one more for you to take care of, and you don’t have to wait any longer. REGISTER NOW!
As you do so, you may notice that registration now happens directly on the Secret Church website. We’re excited to serve you this year by handling everything from registration up through the actual simulcast. If you have a question, check our “FAQs” page; if you want to know what the night will look like, go to our “Schedule” page; if you need general information about Secret Church, click “What is Secret Church?” Our desire is that this site will be an easy-to-maneuver, clear, comprehensive “hub” for everything Secret Church, so we’d encourage you to regularly check in. However, in the event that you do happen to miss something, registering will automatically put you on the email list for important updates and information.
So clear your schedule for April 18, spread the word, and register for Secret Church 14 today!
Posted on October 14th, 2013 by Eric Parker
If God always accomplishes His will, why is there so much sin in the world? How do we put these realities together? Pastor David Platt tackles this difficult subject in Secret Church 4: “Who is God.” To view this message in its entirety, visit the Secret Church page.
Posted on September 19th, 2013 by David Burnette
Pastor David announces the topic for Secret Church 14: “The Cross & Everyday Life.”
Lord willing, we’ll gather this upcoming Good Friday (April 18, 2014) to think about the effect Christ’s saving work ought to have on our everyday lives, including how we work, play, eat, and drink. We’ll consider what it means to do everything to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).
Registration for Secret Church 14 will open in mid-October, so be sure and check out the Secret Church website for more information. If you’d like to receive more information about Secret Church 14 and how to register for the simulcast, you can sign up for email updates here.
Gather with your small group or your church and join us as we seek to know God’s Word and pray for persecuted followers of Christ around the world.
Posted on September 17th, 2013 by Jonathan
In this short video, created by Open Doors’ One With Them initiative, you’ll hear the powerful story behind a well-loved hymn. As you listen to the story and hear the song with new ears, count the cost and urge others to do the same.
This post originally appeared on the Secret Church blog. Be sure to check it out for updates and information on Secret Church gatherings and the persecuted church.
Posted on September 12th, 2013 by Eric Parker
In Secret Church 9, “The Body of Christ”, Pastor David helps us identify some biblical characteristics of a local church. To view it in its entirety, visit the Secret Church page here.
Posted on September 5th, 2013 by Eric Parker
Pastor David providing an overview of the doctrine of the Trinity. To view the Secret Church “Who is God” in its entirety, visit the Secret Church page here.
Posted on August 29th, 2013 by Eric Parker
Pastor David Platt exploring the biblical teaching on the gift of tongues in Secret Church 5, “Exploring the Holy Spirit.” Go here to view it in its entirety.
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