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  1. The Missionary Question

    Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

    The missionary question is not, “Where are there unbelievers?”
    The missionary question is, “Where are there peoples who don’t have any Christians among them?”

    HT: Justin Taylor

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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.

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

    Posted on April 12th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

    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.

  4. Secret Church Interview with the Erwin Brothers, Part 1

    Posted on April 8th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

    Andy and Jon Erwin are followers of Christ. But they are also filmmakers. They made October Baby and are currently working on another feature-length film called Mom’s Night Out, in theaters this Mother’s Day weekend. In the short video below, they were gracious enough to tell us how the gospel led them to the entertainment industry and how it affects their work as filmmakers. Entertainment and work are two of the many topics that will be covered this Good Friday at Secret Church 14, “The Cross and Everyday Life.” There’s still time to register and participate in the simulcast!

    Stay tuned in the coming days for more from the Erwin brothers on “The Cross and Everyday Life.”

  5. “Drinking from a fire hydrant of God’s Word.” That’s the way David Platt describes Secret Church, an annual gathering focused on a lengthy time of fast-paced Bible teaching. His encouragement to those of us struggling to comprehend everything while trying to keep up with filling in the study guide blanks? “Digest later.”

    This Good Friday, April 18, David Platt will spend 6 hours leading people in studying God’s Word in an annual gathering called Secret Church (inspired by his time with the underground church). This year’s topic, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” will cover a wide range of activities and issues that affect our everyday routines, asking how the gospel impacts it all. For example, how does Christ’s death and resurrection change the way we date? What role does the gospel play in our jobs? Does the good news of Jesus change our view of sports? Social media? As believers, we’ll be challenged to better follow Christ and to better point others to him. And for unbelievers, the gospel will be clearly explained.

    You’re probably already thinking about the many reasons you have to participate, but you may not know how. We can help you there…

    Secret Church 14 will take place in Birmingham, AL, but thanks to modern technology, that’s not the only location you’ll be able to join in. With a computer and a good internet connection, you can host a simulcast from anywhere in the world!

    1. You can host as a church along with all these host churches (which you could potentially join if you live nearby).
    2. You can host as a small group. Registering as a small group between now and April 4th makes you eligible for a 5-piece giveaway.
    3. You can apply to participate in the simulcast for FREE if you are serving as a missionary overseas. MORE INFO…

    If you choose option one or two, there is a small cost (it comes out to about $10/person), but this includes a nearly 200 page study guide to help you follow along that night and refer to it all later on. To join in live, you’ll need to begin at 6pm Central on Good Friday. However, if that poses a problem for you, you can delay, pause, and rewind the simulcast just like you would a DVR. Additionally, you’ll be able to watch for 30 days following April 18.

    And if you can’t participate in this Secret Church simulcast, you’ll always be able to access the teaching portion of the night (though the prayer and worship will be cut out) FREE OF CHARGE when it is posted on Radical’s website with all the other past Secret Church topics. May of these studies will serve you as a great tool as you make disciples, since they cover key elements of our Christian faith.

    So REGISTER for the simulcast or check out the past resources, but whatever you do, we don’t want you to miss Secret Church on your hunt for good disciple-making tools.

    “The Cross and Everyday Life”

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Secret Church 14 Prayer Focus: The Peoples Of Turkey

    Posted on March 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

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    In case you missed it, the prayer focus for the upcoming Secret Church (“The Cross and Everyday Life”) is the peoples of Turkey. Today, Turkey is 99% Muslim. Though there are only a handful of believers there now, there was a day when Christianity thrived in the region. Join us as we learn more about this country and the rich Christian history of a region now dominated by mosques.

    As we continue to post about Turkey on the Secret Church blog, also be sure to check out HopeForTurkey.com, the official website of the SC14 prayer focus.

    Secret Church 14, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” takes place on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. You can find out more information and register for the simulcast at SecretChurch.org.

  9. 6 Practical Pointers on Navigating Trials

    Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

    Personal Wilderness

    In a recent sermon on Luke 1:5-25, 57-80, Jim Shaddix encouraged Christians to meet periods of personal suffering with faith. Below is some practical instruction for us based on the suffering of Zechariah and Elizabeth in their infertility.

    1. Don’t expect a pass on suffering for living right. (Luke 1:5-7)
    Trials may still come even if you’re striving for holiness and following Christ closely. In fact, sometimes following Christ increases our suffering.

    2. Look for God’s redemptive plan in your suffering. (Luke 1:8-17)
    Ask God how your personal suffering is connected to his larger agenda. Sometimes he makes it clear and sometimes he doesn’t, but we can trust that his grand redemptive plan works in tandem with our personal episodes of hardship.

    3. Don’t expect God’s ways to always make sense. (Luke 1:18-23)
    His ways are higher than our ways, so we shouldn’t try to “square” his plan with the natural way things work. We should view suffering through the lens of God’s power, rather than view God’s power through the lens of our suffering.

    4. Rejoice in God’s mercy more than your blessing. (Luke 1:24-25, 57-58)
    Focus on the mercy of the Blesser, not the miracle of the blessing. Don’t get caught up in the excitement of God’s provision and forget to praise him.

    5. Refuse to compromise obedience to God’s words. (Luke 1:59-63)
    It’s all too easy not to do things God’s way, whether while suffering or after he relieves it. But this is sure to drive us away from God. We should exercise faith in him through obedience, even when it’s difficult.

    6. Connect the dots for others by celebrating God’s salvation. (Luke 1:64-80)
    By God’s grace, point others to God’s loving salvation before, during, and after suffering. Though challenging, God often uses personal suffering as a platform for gospel proclamation.

    You can view the entire sermon HERE.

  10. 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.”