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  1. Rosaria Butterfield helps us think through the following question: “What are some of the first steps for ChristIans who want to engage friends who identify themselves as gay or homosexual?”

    Many of the issues Butterfield addresses are discussed in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. You can learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.

    Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College and is a full-time mother and pastor’s wife, part-time author (The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert), and occasional speaker. Find out more at RosariaButterfield.com.

  2. Always Be Prepared to Give an Answer

    Posted on April 7th, 2015 by Jonathan

    In the video below, John Stonestreet talks about some ways that Christians can equip themselves to live in and engage a hostile culture. In his words, “There is going to be no substitute for everyday Christians living out their faith and being able to winsomely talk about their convictions in their everyday lives.” Stonestreet went on to say that we need to be able to teach 1) the truth of the Christian position, and 2) why it’s the truth. Here’s a brief outline of his main pointers.

    1. Where the Bible is clear on something, we need to be clear on it too.
    2. We need to know why the Bible says what it does. Argue from Scripture and God’s creation.
    3. Have good conversations. Build relationships with people who are different from you
    4. Ask good questions.

    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 ThePoint, audio programs that help Christians think through cultural issues in a biblical way.

    David Platt addresses many of the most prevalent cultural issues of our day in his latest book, Counter Culture. To learn more, go to CounterCultureBook.org.

  3. New Challenges in Addressing an Age Old Sin

    Posted on March 31st, 2015 by Jonathan

    Heath Lambert talks about some of the new challenges we must deal with in addressing sexual immorality today.

    Sexual immorality is one of the pervasive 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.

    Dr. Heath Lambert serves as Executive Director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Heath here.

  4. This week, the ERLC is hosting their 2015 Leadership Conference on The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation. Be on the look out for resources from them on this timely and important issue in the days ahead. As David Platt contends in his latest book, Counter Culture, racism is a gospel issue.

    In the video below, Trillia Newbell (consultant on Women’s Initiatives for the ERLC) talks about how ethnic diversity is tied to the gospel.

  5. In a recent article for 9Marks, Jackie Hill Perry wrote about how she went from embracing a lesbian lifestyle to loving her role as a woman and wife.

    Even with a clear understanding of biblical gender roles, my pride had to die and my faith had to soar for me to live those truths. My entire life had consisted of being terrified of being perceived as weak, to the point that I tried to live and act like a man. The idea of being “the weaker vessel” or being a “helper” didn’t seem flattering—until I took my eyes off myself and remembered Christ.

    I had to remember that God the Son himself, the Creator of the universe, the one whom angels worship and demons fear, did not count equality with God the Father as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant. God became a servant.

    With this in mind, ultimately my embrace of complementarianism became possible when I was willing to see my womanhood as a means to look and live like Jesus.

    Read the rest of her insightful article here. Then check out the below videos, in which Jackie clearly displays and explains the beauty of the gospel. “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Tim 1:15).

    Homosexuality and marriage is discussed in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. For more information, visit CounterCultureBook.com.

  6. “And such were some of you.”

    Posted on March 10th, 2015 by Jonathan

    In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul lays out a somber warning for the believers in Corinth: the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Who are the unrighteous? Paul gets specific.

    Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)

    Thankfully, by God’s grace, Paul didn’t stop there.

    And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor 6:11)

    And such were some of you. The Corinthians had undergone a fundamental transformation from sinner to saint, and “by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God,” they stood now guiltless before God.

    This gospel testimony, true of all believers, is clearly seen in the life of Christopher Yuan. Christopher lived as a promiscuous gay man until he met Jesus in prison, where he was serving time for dealing drugs. Listen to the story of God’s great mercy in his life and be encouraged by God’s amazing grace.

    Homosexuality and sexual immorality are discussed in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Go to CounterCultureBook.com to find out more about it and to get involved in gospel ministries that deal with such issues.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  10. 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?