Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

  1. Won’t Our Stance On Cultural Issues Harm Our Witness?

    Posted on February 16th, 2015 by Jonathan

    As Christians, many of us fear that taking a stance on same-sex marriage, abortion, and other “hot button” issues will hurt our witness. But we were never called to be popular, and the gospel is always the greatest offense in any culture. In the short video below, David Platt talks about how taking a stance on cultural issues can actually give us opportunities to share the gospel.

    This is one of the reasons David Platt was moved to write Counter Culture. The gospel not only demands that we take a stand on cultural issues, but these issues also provide a great opportunity to share the gospel. You can find out more about the book at CounterCultureBook.com. The website recommends resources to help you think through these issues as well as ministries through which you and your church can tangibly get involved. Whether it be poverty alleviation or defending marriage, the gospel calls us not only to care, but to act.

  2. Countering Culture with Compassion

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    We’re proud to call Compassion International one of our Counter Culture ministry partners. Their global mission is to relieve children from poverty in Jesus’ name. If you’re looking for a good way to get involved in caring for the poor (and children, at that), Compassion is a great place to start. Partnering with local churches all over the world, Compassion uses child sponsorship to give children adequate food, clothing, and education. All of this is done with the aim to make disciples of Christ among these children, not only alleviating physical and social poverty, but spiritual as well.

    On Sunday, April 26, your church has the incredible opportunity to take an active stand for the poor by being a part of Compassion Sunday. Over the past 25 years, Compassion Sunday has helped over 200,000 children out of poverty, a number that we hope increases substantially on April 26. If your church wants to participate, Compassion will give you all the tools you need.

    Find out more about Compassion Sunday by watching the video below. For more details and to register, go here.

     

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    Rosaria Butterfield: The Cost of an Unlikely Conversion

    Posted on February 4th, 2015 by Jonathan

    We’re all unlikely converts. Nobody who is dead in sin and full of contempt for their Creator has the pedigree that heaven requires. But Jesus came to save sinners. He busts open coffins and gives God-haters new, beating hearts full of love for him. Every conversion is miraculous, and every conversion is unlikely.

    But, on the surface at least, some appear less likely than others. Such is the testimony of Rosaria Butterfield. From lesbian to pastor’s wife, from anti-Christian researcher to Christ-exalting author, Butterfield’s Saul-to-Paul transformation is no more costly (or likely) than yours or mine . . . but it may be more obvious.

    Learn more about Rosaria Butterfield and her book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, on her website.

    Issues such as homosexuality and marriage are discussed in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. Drawing heavily on Scripture and compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents a pointed yet winsome call for readers to faithfully follow Christ in countercultural ways—ways that will prove both costly and rewarding for the contemporary church. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.

  4. Why Vietnam?

    Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan

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    If you didn’t catch our previous announcement, Vietnam is our Secret Church 15 prayer focus. Why are we highlighting this area? Two reasons, both of which you’ll hear more about in the coming months on the Secret Church blog. Make sure you go there for regular posts and updates.

    1. Unreached People Groups – Vietnam has 74 unique people groups comprised of 93,530,125 individuals. Of those, 71 are unreached. Of those unreached groups, 23 are unengaged. Only three people groups in the country are reached with the gospel.
    2. Persecution – According to Open Doors’ World Watch List, Vietnam is the 16th worst country for Christians to live in, in terms of persecution. Much of the opposition comes from communist authorities. However, in a country that is overrun with various mixtures of Buddhism and animism, Christianity isn’t exactly welcomed by the friends and family members of believers.

    As we’ve learned, persecution accompanies witness because the goal of persecution is to silence witness. This means we cannot simply pray for suffering Christians to endure and persecution to end; we must also pray for the gospel to increase and the number of UPGs to decrease.

    On behalf the persecuted Christians and their persecutors, and on behalf of the unreached peoples and those trying to reach them, won’t you join us in praying for Vietnam?

  5. Christians: Don’t Be Surprised by Cultural Opposition

    Posted on January 26th, 2015 by Jonathan

    John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also co-host of BreakPoint and host of The Point, audio programs that help Christians think through cultural issues in a biblical way.

    This video is the first of many in which different people talk about various issues covered in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. Drawing heavily on Scripture and compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents a pointed yet winsome call for readers to faithfully follow Christ in countercultural ways—ways that will prove both costly and rewarding for the contemporary church. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.

  6. Sanctity of Human Life – This Sunday

    Posted on January 14th, 2015 by Jonathan

    This weekend, many churches around the country will be observing Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Of course, the lives of the unborn are to be valued and defended throughout the year, but collectively setting this Sunday aside helps to make a statement about what we value as Christians.

    It is fitting that this is also the weekend Americans honor Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who valued and defended human life until his was taken. The many parallels between civil rights and pro-life advocacy are stirring; but it should suffice to say, if we believe that all men are created equal and that all therefore have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we cannot ignore those whom God is wonderfully knitting together in the womb (Ps 139:13).

    In the ERLC video below, Russell Moore further illuminates why it is so important that Christians stand for the unborn.

  7. The Secret Church Prayer Focus

    Posted on January 12th, 2015 by Jonathan

    If, in the busyness of the holiday season, you missed our announcement last month, the Secret Church 15 prayer focus is the Peoples of Vietnam.

    If you’re new to Secret Church, that may leave you with more questions than answers. So to learn what exactly the prayer focus is, watch the two minute video below. You can also explore the prayer focus websites from last year or the year before that.

    As the video explained, it’s more than a few minutes on the night of Secret Church. After Secret Church, we’ll be devoting the entire month of May to focused prayer for Vietnam, so now is the time to begin thinking and praying about how you can encourage your church or small group to pray for the Peoples of Vietnam.

  8. A Coffee Shop Convo: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 by Jonathan

    The Secret Church 15 topic, “Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action,” will touch on everything from abortion to homosexuality to religious liberty. Make sure you don’t miss out on this important conversation about what the Bible says and how we are to respond in this world.

    Go here for information about the simulcast, and go here for information about tickets to the live gathering in Birmingham (which will be available this Monday morning, 1/12).

  9. Don’t Have a Blue (Post) Christmas

    Posted on December 26th, 2014 by Jonathan

    If December 26 gets you feeling down, here is a good reminder…

  10. A Mobilizing Resource from the IMB

    Posted on December 8th, 2014 by Jonathan

    The IMB has made David Platt’s below message widely available as a tool for mobilizing churches to pray, give, and go to the nations. If your church or small group is looking for a good way to encourage participation in missions, giving and going, consider this free resource — it’s designed to do just that.

    For additional global missions offering resources, visit the IMB website.