David Platt – Jesus is enough at Liberty University

There’s 6.8 billion people in the world. The most liberal estimate puts the world at about 1/3 christian, and that’s people in many contexts who claim christianity more as a social or political identification. But, even if we assumed that all of those people are actually followers of Christ that would still leave over 4 1/2 billion people who at this moment are without Christ and are on a road that leads to an eternal hell, everlasting suffering. That’s spiritual need; add on top of that physical need, the reality that today alone, while we enjoy all that we have here, today 26,000 children will die of either starvation or preventable disease. If this is true in the world around us, then we do not have time to play games with our lives and we do not have time to play games in the church. We have a master who demands radical sacrifice and a mission that warrants radical urgency and so in the next few minutes I want to call you based on the authority of God’s word. I want to call you to abandon your plans, your dreams, your ideas, your possessions, all of your hopes of living out a nice, comfortable, middle class American christianity. I want to call you to abandon it all to make the glory of Christ known to every nation in the world. I want to show you that there is no better way that you can spend your life than making His worth known among all peoples.

Luke 9:57  The Cost of Following Jesus

 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

On February 18, 2011 at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, bestselling author and pastor Dr. David Platt commissioned Liberty University students to present their lives as „blank checks” and to surrender their gifts and talents to be used in ways that will advance the kingdom of God. Platt is the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., and author of the bestselling book „Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.”

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