The following are my notes of David Platt’s message at T4G 2014.
I feel so inadequate to preach a message on the wrath of God. I want to pray, but I have this sin sick desire to impress you all when I pray. I also know that many of us within seconds of praying we let our minds wonder. Do we realize that we are talking with God when pray and who he is?
“Prayer is a huge hole in the canvas of the reformed resurgence.” (John Piper)
We have seen a renewed interest in theology, ecclesiology, and missiology. All of these things are growing, but something is missing. It is prayer.
Back when they would gather for the Westminster assembly they would spend an hour praying and an hour preaching. Two hours preaching and two hours of praying. Yet we spend hours preaching in our church, but just a few minutes praying.
We are known for preaching and teaching, but not our praying and our fasting. Every movement of God has been marked by passionate panting before God. The missions movements, the puritans movements, and every revival of the church has been marked by prayer. Yet our movement of growing theology, ecclesiology, and missiology without prayer. Continue reading
This post is the second part of a two part series on the Holy Spirit and Church Planting. Click HERE to read the first post.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN CHURCH PLANTING
There really are a number of useful methodological applications that we could make based off of what we saw from the book of Acts in the first post. For the purpose of this post it is best that we narrow our focus to one specific application. Consequently, the remainder of this post will focus on the relationship between making plans and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading
“Call to me and I will answer you.” – Jeremiah 33:3
I have now lived in our new home in Chicago for two weeks and today I was able to meet several new people. I should have many good opportunities to see all of these people again and work on building relationships with them.
This was a very clear and specific answer to a prayer I prayed earlier today. I plan to share more of the story in the October newsletter, but for now will you join me in praying for opportunities to share the gospel with the following people:
* Daniel * Armando * Anthony * Terrell * Tom
Thank you for praying! Phill
Throughout the last three years we have been regularly praying for the Holy Spirit to lead us as we make plans for future ministry. More specifically, we were praying God would lead us to do ministry in a place that was:
1) In a large global city
2) In a diverse neighborhood of that city
3) Close to major colleges or universities
We are well aware that there are great needs for churches all over the world in both rural and urban areas. However, we get most excited about the strategic opportunities for disciple-making that exist in cities. So we prayed that God would give us those opportunities and if he did not open those doors we would faithfully serve him in a rural or suburban setting. We want to be proven faithful wherever we are living. Continue reading