Archive for the ‘Secret Church’ Category

  1. ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret Church 15 Date and Topic

    Posted on July 9th, 2014 by Jonathan

    It may seem like Spring is a long way off, but we want to give you plenty of time to make plans for the next Secret Church gathering/simulcast.

    Secret Church 15 will take place on April 24, 2015, two weeks after Easter. Tickets to the live gathering will go on sale this January, and simulcast registration opens on October 1, 2014. The topic will be Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action.” Here’s the synopsis:

    The culture around us is constantly changing, and successive changes are often accompanied by significant challenges. So how does the call of Christ compel us to respond to these challenges? How does a Christian respond to the rapid rise of so-called same-sex marriage and the increasing acceptance of homosexuality? How does a Christian live in a world of sex slavery and rampant pornography, a world where babies are aborted and widows are abandoned? How does a Christian think in a culture of pervasive racial prejudice and limited religious liberty? What does a Christian do in a church that exalts prosperity amidst a world of extreme poverty? During this Secret Church, we will explore biblical foundations for answers to these questions and come to significant conclusions regarding how Christ calls every Christian to engage culture with a firm grip on the gospel in the church and a fervent passion for God’s glory in the world.

    We must not be ignorant of what the Bible says about some of the biggest issues Christians face today. So mark it out in your calendar; mention it to your friends and family; talk with your church leaders about potentially hosting a simulcast; begin making plans, whatever they are. Just make sure you don’t miss out on Secret Church 15.

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  2. Church and Kingdom

    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.

  3. The Gospel and Homosexuality

    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.

  4. Turkey by the Numbers

    Posted on May 1st, 2014 by Jonathan

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    As we commit to pray for Turkey throughout May, here are some compelling figures to keep in mind. The following information was taken from Joshua Project and Hope for Turkey–our official prayer focus website. Check HopeForTurkey.com regularly for updates and prayer requests this month, and be sure to take advantage of the 31-day prayer guide.

    Population:  74,928,000
    Unreached:  74,323,000
    People Groups:  60
    Unreached People Groups:  42
    Islamic:  (96.64%)
    Non-religious:  (3.1%)
    Jewish:  (0.02%)
    Evangelical Christian:  (0.01%); 4,000

  5. Pray For Turkey Throughout May

    Posted on April 30th, 2014 by Jonathan

    If you missed Secret Church on Good Friday and have not yet been able to participate in the simulcast replay, then you may have also missed our prayer focus. Together, throughout the month of May, we’ll be focusing our prayers on the Peoples of Turkey. You can find out about Turkey, the people groups that live there, and the unique culture of the country at HopeForTurkey.com, our official prayer focus website.

    To assist you in knowing how to specifically pray, we’d encourage you to use this beautiful 31-day prayer guide. It includes various general topics as well as specific requests.

    We are praying with expectancy, excited to see what our Father in heaven does as thousands of people lift up Turkey on a consistent basis for the next 31 days. We hope you’ll join us, starting tomorrow!

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    Book Recommendations from Secret Church 14

    Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by David Burnette

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    Here’s Pastor David’s list of recommended resources  from Secret Church 14. These books can be a great way to dig deeper into some of the topics discussed during our recent simulcast. Since this year’s topic, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” covers a whole host of issues, we’ve listed these resources by category.

    On the Gospel-Centered Life …

    J.I. Packer, Knowing God

    John Piper, Desiring God

    A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

     

    On the Gospel and Life …

    J.D. Greear, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

    C.J. Mahaney, Living the Cross-Centered Life

    John Stott, The Cross of Christ

     

    On Sanctification …

    Jerry Brides, The Pursuit of Holiness

    Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

    Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness

    Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

    J.P. Moreland, Love God with All Your Mind

    David Platt, Follow Me

     

    On Spiritual Disciplines …

    D.A. Carson, For the Love of God (Volume 1 and Volume 2)

    Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

    J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

    John Piper, A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer

    John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God

    Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

    Donald Whitney, Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, and in Your Home

     

    On the Gospel and Work …

    Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

    Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert, The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to our Jobs

     

    On the Gospel and Play …

    C.J. Mahaney, Don’t Waste Your Sports

     

    Miscellaneous …

    Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy

    Arthur Pierson, George Muller of Bristol

    Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

     

    – You can catch the replay for Secret Church 14 for up to 30 days (through May 17th) by going here. This will allow you to view both the musical worship as well as the time of prayer for Turkey. After 30 days, you can see the teaching portions for Secret Church 14 here.

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    Secret Church Replay Available

    Posted on April 21st, 2014 by David Burnette

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    Good news for those who want to watch the Secret Church 14 simulcast after Good Friday, April 18th: the replay will be available for up to thirty days! If you’ve already registered, the replay will be available at no additional cost. If you haven’t registered but would still like to view Secret Church 14 in its entirety, simply register here and you can watch the replay up until May 17th.

    By registering for the replay, you’ll be able to view Pastor David’s teaching sessions, the corporate prayer time for the Turks and Kurds of Turkey, and the musical worship for the night. You’ll also receive a Study Guide with your registration. After this thirty-day period, the teaching portions of Secret Church 14 will be available for free on our website, or if you prefer a hard copy, DVD’s are available here.

    We hope you’ll take advantage of these extra opportunities to take in Secret Church 14 and to pass it along to others.

  8. Death to Life: A New Album from Brook Hills Music

    Posted on April 17th, 2014 by David Burnette

    Inspired by Secret Church 14, Brook Hills Music has just released this new album, “Death to Life.”

    Go here to get it from iTunes.

     

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    Heaven is for Real

    Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Radical

    As you may have heard, Todd Burpo’s best-selling book, Heaven is for Real, has been turned into a movie and it hits the theaters Wednesday (April 16th). Burpo’s four-year-old son allegedly visited heaven after being anesthetized for an appendectomy, and the book tells his story.

    Unfortunately, Heaven is for Real isn’t the only book of its kind to hit the shelves, or even the only best-seller. The popularity of these I-went-to-heaven books led David Platt to address the issue in Secret Church 13, “Heaven, Hell, and the End of the World.” Much of Pastor David’s critique is based on this resource put out by Phil Johnson of “Grace to You,” the ministry of John MacArthur.

    That so many believers are allowing these accounts of heaven to shape their thinking is a sad commentary on our ability to discern what is and what isn’t biblical. God’s Word, not personal testimonies, must be the measuring line for how we think of heaven and every other aspect of truth. Hopefully, the conversation surrounding the movie Heaven is for Real will give you an opportunity to share with someone how we know that heaven is for real, and most importantly, how to get there.

  10. Secret Church Interview with the Erwin Brothers, Part 2

    Posted on April 12th, 2014 by Jonathan

    Yesterday, we posted part 1 of an interview with the Erwin brothers about how the gospel affects their work as filmmakers. Today is part 2…

    Be sure you check out their upcoming movie, Mom’s Night Out. Also, we invite you to join us 6 days from now for a the Secret Church simulcast with David Platt as we dive into “The Cross and Everyday Life,” a topic that will cover the affect of the cross on both work and entertainment.