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
The following is my notes from David Platt’s message at the Send North America Conference on July 31, 2012.
How do we finish up this great conference? I hope this will be an encouragement to you.
When I was in Cuba my view of ministry was flipped upside down. There is no programs or presentations. There are pockets of Christians who are sharing the gospel like wildfire. They kept it small, kept it simple and quiet. They are planting churches all across the island. One church had planted over 60 other churches. One of their church plants have planted 25 other churches. There is exponential growth.
One of these leaders was brought before the communist council and brought a big rock with him. They asked what the rock was about and he said if you make me stop talking about Jesus this rock will do it. The people thought he was crazy and let him go.
This is what this brother is like. So I asked him how he did it. How has he planted all these churches. I was ready for something great and had my notebook all ready and he said two three words, “We make disciples.”
It just made we wonder, what if we did not have all the money and resources that we have. What would happen? Would we be making disciples like many of our brothers and sisters are doing around the world? Continue reading
(Audio of the panel can be found HERE.)
What do we mean by celebrity pastors?
Trueman: Western culture is a celebrity culture. Knowing that our society is this way means that we need to be careful about how we present leaders in the church. What concerns me is that at the school that I teach students say the most influential pastors in their lives are not pastors they know and they are all aspiring to be these pastors with big churches. I wonder if this is why there is such a burnout rate among pastors. Big name pastors need to be careful of promoting themselves. Also it seems this does not seem to encourage faithfulness as much as worldly success. Paul says to find ordinary guys who preach the gospel.
Anyabwile: I agree with Carl’s concerns. I reacted online because there is also a need to appreciate men who are faithful and worthy of double honor. We need to bring a distinction between celebrity and notoriety.
Duncan: Certain media or platforms can project these kind of celebrity responses.
Anyabwile: We live in a day where anyone can make things public and viral. We also have a public that needs to be discerning about how we show appreciation. There are various levels of responsibility. Continue reading
(Audio of this message is HERE. Video of this message is HERE.)
Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions
I have one overarching truth that I want to communicate with you:
A high view of God’s sovereignty fuels death-defying missions.
Here are a few underlying premises:
1. Local ministry and local mission are totally necessary.
Local churches and communities have hurting and lost people and these ministries are necessary.
2. Global missions is tragically neglected.
In Yemen there are twice as many people there as in the state of Kentucky and there are maybe 20 Christians.
3. Pastors have the privilege and responsibility of global missions.
Pastors must feel the weight of the nations. This is not a problem for missions boards but every pastor and every church.
What drives all of that is rock solid confidence in the sovereignty of God. Continue reading