David Platt – The Theology of the Cross of Christ (4 hours) Parts 1 – 4

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PART 1- Last Supper

PART 2 – Garden of Ghetsemane

PART 3 – The Cross

PART 4 – The Intent of the Cross

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Presedintele Bordului International de Misune Baptisti de Sud: Urgenta nevoilor misionare ne-a indreptat la schimbarea regulilor

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„Stire: Baptistii De Sud Accepta Darul Vorbirii In Alte Limbi”

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Urgenta nevoilor misionare  ne-a indreptat la schimbarea regulilor

Consiliul de Administratie al Misiunii Internationale (IMB), ce apartine de Conventia Baptistilor de Sud, a aprobat saptamana trecuta(miercuri) schimbari de regulament referitor la calificarile de baza pe care trebuie sa le indeplineasca misionarii IMB. Aceasta a dus la diverse neantelegeri comunicate online si in presa in legatura cu aceste schimbari si astfel aceste rapoarte eronate ne dau posibilitatea de a oferi clarificari necesare cu privire la ceea ce insemneaza si ceea ce nu insemneaza aceasta schimbare de regulament.

Forta motrica din spatele acestor schimbari este in scopul de a unifica toate bisericile apartinatoare Conventiei Baptistilor de Sud (SBC), sub umbrela Credinta si Mesajul Baptist pentru a trimite echipe nelimitate de misionari la oamenii si locurile la care inca nu s-a patruns, pentru gloria lui Dumnezeu, si eu nu vreau ca aceasta sa fie inteleasa gresit.

Un subiect care a atras atentia in mod particular este practicarea vorbirii in alte limbi si folosirea rugaciunii private in alte limbi. Pana in momentul acesta, daca o persoana a vorbit in alte limbi sau a practicat rogaciunea privata in alte limbi, ei au fost imediat descalificati pentru a fi numiti misionari pentru IMB. Consiliul de Administratie a votat miercurea trecuta ca sa elimine aceasta descalificare automata.

Totusi, acesta a fost un vot care sa adreseze chestiuni de calificari pentru misionarii potentiali in biserica si nu aspectul lucrarii practice de efectiv a misionarilor IMB de pe teren.

Aceasta este o distinctie critica in decursul admiterii, pregatirii si supravegherii misionarilor, si totodata IMB adreseaza multe semnificatii teologice, misiologice, eclesiologice si subiecte practice care includ folosirea vorbirii in alte limbi si rugaciunea privata in alte limbi. Desi aceste subiecte nu pot afecta calificarile de baza stabilite,  afecteaza munca noastra de zi cu zi.

Pozitia tinuta de multa vreme a lui IMB ramane in afect ca  aceste practici nu pot fi normative in predarea lor sau in practici disruptive. Printr-un proces de selectie atenta, pregatire si supraveghere, IMB asigura ca fiecare misionar ramane hotarat concentrat pentru a face ucenici si a inmulti bisericile in felul de a reprezenta cu credinciosie teologia, misiologia, eclesiologia si practica Baptistilor de Sud.

Dati-mi voie sa repet ca scopul acestor schimbari este ca in mod si mai intentionat sa unim masurile IMB cu crezul si practicarea Baptistilor de Sud asa cum este exprimata in statutul de credinta la care peste 40 de mii de biserici din organizatia Baptistilor de Sud au fost deacord: Credinta si Mesajul Baptist.

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Pe langa aceasta, orice schimbari pe care le facem la IMB, nu sunt considerate si implementate pur si simplu de dragul schimbarii. Realitatea lumii pierdute de astazi ne face sa ne unim si sa actionam cu urgenta pentru a duce Evanghelia la mai multi oameni si locuri, toate acestea in timp ce ramanem stransi legati in convingerile Baptistilor de Sud.

David Platt in misiune

Ca brat de misiune internationala a Conventiei Bisericilor de Sud, eu sunt convins ca noi nu ne putem multumi cu nimic mai putin decat la o abordare rationala concentrata de a imputernicii echipe nelimitate de misionari ca sa faca ucenici si sa inmulteasca bisericile intre oamenii si locurile unde inca nu s-a patruns, pentru gloria lui Dumnezeu.

Eu am fost foarte incurajat de spiritul de unitate a membrilor din consiliu la raspunsurile pe care le-am primit de la pastori si lideri de peste tot in SBC, decand am luat aceste decizii. Ma rog si sper ca in zilele ce urmeaza, IMB il va inalta pe Christos, va mobiliza pe crestini, va echipa biserica, si va facilita plantari de biserici printre oamenii la care inca nu s-a ajuns, pentru ca noi sa ne avem partea noastra in realizarea eventuala  a Mareei Trimitere.

David Platt – The Cross Of Christ (Sermon Jam)

Pastor David Platt Has a Big Message About Political Correctness, Tolerance and Defending the Christian Faith

Dr. David Platt, an author and the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, is challenging Christians not to retreat from culture and to, instead, engage on contentious issues like homosexuality, abortion, sex trafficking and pornography, among others.

Platt, whose new book “Counter Culture” decries the fact that “right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion” and implores Christians to stand up for their faith and values, told TheBlaze that he’s concerned when he sees any group losing its ability to “speak freely and consistently with their beliefs.”

When this sort of silencing is allowed to happen as he believes it has against Christians today, Platt said that society finds itself chipping away at the “primary values our country was founded in.” And he’s hoping to inspire other believers to speak out, like him, with “clarity and compassion.”

“I’m encouraging Christians to think through, ‘Am I going to live with conviction?’” he said, later adding, “Our culture now, in many ways, is labeling Christian beliefs not only different, but dangerous.”

Platt also said that he believes modern culture has a misunderstanding of what tolerance truly means.

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“Basically, if you agree with what’s popular or politically correct, then you’re okay — but if you don’t, you’re labeled intolerant,” he said. “Part of it is the way we’ve mystified the idea of tolerance. Tolerance, itself, implies disagreement.”

Platt said that it should be possible for people to disagree with one another, while still maintaining common courtesy, love and respect.

“We’re not enemies of each other … they’re not enemies that are in a conspiracy set out to destroy our faith,” he said. “We’re all seeking a way that seems right to us. The beauty of American culture … we have the ability to have disagreements with one another.”

Read the entire article here – http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/12/pastor-delivers-a-tough-challenge-for-christians-in-midst-of-a-rapidly-shifting-moral-landscape-and-a-lesson-on-the-true-meaning-of-tolerance/

Christians – Don’t waste your life!

Pastor David Platt preaching on Paul’s reevaluation in Philippians 3

  •  If we want our lives to count we must treasure Christ above everything else this world has to offer.

The many treasures of a wasted life (these are all good things, but, these good things were the ones keeping Paul from Jesus. Paul said it is possible to be and do all these things and yet come to the end of your life and to be written above it „wasted”)

  1. Family heritage
  2. Social status
  3. Biblical knowledge
  4. Religious activity (zeal)
  5. A moral lifestyle

but there is one thing in life that counts and that is the surpassing  greatness of knowing Christ Jesus. The only treasure of the life that counts is Christ.

sermon starts at the 6:00 minute.

You have one life and you have one shot to make your life count for His glory on the landscape of human history.

  • We trust in Christ to provide everything we need

What do we gain by gaining Christ?

  1. His righteousness covers our sin
  2. His power guarantees our resurrection
  3. His satisfaction transcends our suffering
  4. God delights in showing His greatness through those who radically trust in Him

The Life that Counts:

  1. They treasure Christ
  2. They trust Christ
  3. They pursue Christ with obsessive passion

The question we ask, „Is why follow hard after Christ?”

A holy dissatisfaction with comfortable christianity which is dangerous. Paul, the planter of most of the New Testament churches states that he has so much more to do in pursuit of God and that is where our own christianity should stand today.

We need a fresh understanding of the degree to which Christ has followed hard after us.

David Platt – Incarnation Wonder of Grace (Part 3 of 4)

God's grace Philippians 2:5-11 

Verse 8 – And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Why is the incarnation important? Why did it happen?

What belief, if any, separates Christianity apart from the world religions? Is there anything that is completely and totally unique to Christianity? That was the subject of debate and discussion, at a british conference years ago, on comparitive religions. And they were discussing, „Is there anything that makes Christianity unique? And while they were in their heated discussion, all these experts and religious scholars, a guy named C. S. Lewis wanders in. And he says, „What’s the fuss all about?” They say, „Well, we’re debating, trying to figure out if there’s anything unique about christianity”. And he responded immediately, „Well, that’s an easy one. One word: Grace”.

Grace is the why of the incarnation. It is incomprehensible to think about Christ becoming a man, because of the purpose for which He came. We should never cease to be a people that are not amazed about grace.

Three moves that Christ makes that helps to give us a picture of incomprehensible grace:

  1. He goes from exaltation to humiliation so that we might be exalted. His incarnate position as the Son of Man makes possible our eternal privilege as sons of God. 
  2. He goes from life to death, so that we might live. The reality: He was born to die a shameful, painful, cursed death. And even 2000 years later we are rejoicing at His mastery over death, because through Him we have life. You and I don’t walk around captive to our sin, we are freed to live. To live now, and for all of eternity. His shame on the cross becomes our honor. All that is shameful about us, our sin, our wickedness, the things we think, the things we do, the things that not even those closest to us don’t even know about, the things that would be exposed before God are transferred to Him (Christ). And He’s transferred to us His righteousness, and His beauty and His holiness, and His redemption. a)His humiliation becomes our honor. b)His pain becomes our joy, and c)His curse becomes our blessing. He left life to go to death, so that you and I might find life. We are not worthy of this kind of grace. May we never become numb, and tired and sleepy in the face of grace. This (grace) is a mammoth truth.
  3. He goes from rich to poor, so that we might be rich. The richness of all that He is, His divinity, His deity, His greatness, His majesty, and all that He owns, all the resources in the world belong to Him. Everything is His. For your sake though, He became poor. He entered a world of humiliation and depravation and poverty. The Creator of the world became homeless, so that we might become rich. See His poverty in the world: He gave up His rights, He gave us His resources and now, we are His people in the world. We are followers of Jesus Christ, who became poor so that others might become rich. And how can we ever show Christ if we don’t give up our rights and we give others our resources?

We talk glibly of the „Christmas Spirit,” rarely meaning more by this than sentimental jollity on a family basis.  But what we have said makes it clear that the phrase should in fact carry a tremendous weight of meaning.  It ought to mean the reproducing in human lives of the temper of him who for our sakes became poor at the first Christmas.  And the Christmas spirit itself ought to be the mark of every Christian all the year round.

It is our shame and disgrace today that so many Christians-I will be more specific: so many of the soundest and most orthodox Christians – go through this world in the spirit of the priest and the Levite in our Lord’s parable, seeing human needs all around them, but (after pious wish, and perhaps a prayer, that God might meet them) averting their eyes, and passing by on the other side.  That is not the Christmas Spirit.  Nor is it the spirit of those Christians- alas, they are many- whose ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle-class Christian home, and making nice middle class Christian friends, and bringing up their children in nice middle-class Christian ways, and who leave the sub-middle-class sections of the community, Christian and non-Christian, to get on by themselves.

The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob.  For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor- spending and being spent-to, enrich their fellow men, giving time, trouble, care, and concern to do good to others-and not just their own friends-in whatever way there seems need.

Excerpted from Knowing God by J.I. Packer.  Copyright 1973 by Intervarsity Press.

David Platt – Incarnation (2) Marvel of Nature

God in the Flesh

Philippians 2:5-11  (NIV)

  5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

He made Himself nothing. Taking the very nature of a servant.

What makes Jesus so unique?

  1. He is the sovereign Creator, yet He becomes a slave to His creation. Sometime when people read ‘He made Himself nothing’ or in other translations ‘He emptied Himself’ they picture Him taking off some of His divine qualities. But that’s not true. Jesus is fully God, He is in nature God. He exists as God. You can’t take off some things of who you are. So He didn’t empty Himself by taking off divine characteristics, instead, He emptied Himself by bringing something on to Himself. By taking the very nature of a servant. Jesus had 2 natures: The nature of God and the nature of servant.  They are not in contradiction to each other. Picture it with Jesus coming to earth. It’s not God minus something, it’s God plus something. It’s God taking on human likeness. By emptying Himself, Jesus perfectly reveals both deity and humanity to all creation.
  2. He is perfect, yet He pays the price for sin. Why did God become a man? Why is it important that Jesus become man- fully God and fully man, united together in one person? It’s important for the very meaning of our salvation. We have so salvation, no Christianity without the incarnation. As a man, He alone can substitute for human sin.
  3. He is transcendent over His people, yet He identifies intimately with His people. If you’ve grown up in a christian family, or in church, and you’ve not had interaction with other religions in the world, it’s hard to grasp what an incredible truth this is. This is the truth that sets Christianity apart. It sets Jesus apart. The major religions of the world are all grounded in, whether it’s a god called Allah or a higher being, or ultimate reality in the universe, it’s all based on this alternate reality of being completely different from us, above us, over us. And we’re down here. But, the beauty of Scripture is that His greatness is not just in His transcendence over us. His greatness is pictured in His intimate involvement with us, in us, a part of our lives. That’s Jesus, and that’s what sets Him apart. That He was made in human likeness. He took on the form of a man. The nature of a man. He became like us. He displayed the nature of God by taking on the nature of the servant. (v 7)

David Platt – Incarnation (1) Hope of Glory

Even in church, those of us focusing on Christ have a tendency to miss the whole point. Even those of us in the church who know the story and focus on the story- Mary and Joseph and the angels. And, we focus on the wise men and the shepherds and we focus on all the circumstances surrounding this story. Even then we have the possibility of completely missing the point of Christmas.

You see, the question we need to ask- This is a foundational truth that we will unpack (in the next 4 messages)- The Mystery of Christmas is not found primarily in the circumstances of the birth of Jesus, but in the identity of the baby in the manger.

That is the mystery of what Christmas is all about: the identity in the fact that God (what a mammoth reality) would become a baby that needed to be taught and changed and fed and was dependent upon His own creation to nurture Him. This is the mammoth reality of a God who became like that. That is the mystery of what Christmas is all about and what I want us to do is dive into that mystery: WHO IS JESUS? This is a huge question. It is a historic question.

Fighting from (not for) Victory by David Platt

FIGHTING FROM (NOT FOR) VICTORY Revelation 12:1-15:4

david plattNotes:

Eight Reflections From Bihar…
Ordinary believers…
Doing extraordinary things…
With God’s Word…
For God’s glory…
Making disciples…
Multiplying churches…
Knowing that the cost is great…
Believing that the reward is greater.
Seven Visions From Revelation…
Satan has been conquered by Christ the Savior and is being conquered by
Christians as they suffer.
The birth of Christ declared the death of the ancient serpent; the death of
Christ defanged the adversary; and the resurrection of Christ demolished all
his accusations against the church.
When Satan attempts to use suffering and persecution to defeat Christians, he
ultimately contributes to their eternal delight and his own eternal destruction.
Satan works through government that functions as divine authority instead of
under divine authority.
Is this beast a physical person, a particular empire, or an evil spirit behind
earthly systems?
God permits the beast to curse His name, crush His people, and control the
nations.
Satan deceives through teachers who look like friends yet speak like enemies,
stimulating idolatry while slaying the innocent.
He massacres all who refuse him.
He marks all who follow him.
Faithful followers of Christ will one day stand boldly with Him, sing loudly to
Him, and be satisfied completely in Him.
This is the reward of uncompromising purity in the world.
This is the reward of unapologetic proclamation of the gospel.
Who we worship on earth determines where we go in eternity.
All who indulge in the enticing wine of this world will one day drink from the
everlasting wrath of God.
All who endure amid the trials and temptations of this world will one day
enter into the rest and relief of God.
The judgment of God is inevitable and intense.
He will harvest all the saints who trust in Him.
He will tread every sinner who turns from Him.
Soon all the saints throughout all of history will rejoice together in the song of the
redeemed. Conquering Christians will shout as they consider God’s
incomprehensible works.
Conquering Christians will sing as they behold God’s incomparable worth.

By David Platt. © David Platt & Radical. Website: Radical.net

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Marriage and Missions: How Singleness and Marriage Connect to the Great Commission – David Platt

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David Platt (born 1979) is an American pastor. He is currently the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, and he is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Platt released a follow-up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God in April, 2011.[2] And in February, 2013, he released Follow Me: A Call to Die. a Call to Live, which included an introduction by Francis Chan. Platt recently founded a resource ministry, Radical.net, dedicated to serving the church and making disciples of all nations

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Ce se intampla cu cei care nu au auzit niciodata Evanghelia? – David Platt – What about those that never heard the Gospel?

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Adevarul numarul 1 – Toti oamenii Il cunosc pe Dumnezeu Tatal.

Toti oamenii Il cunosc, au o cunostinta despre Dumnezeu Tatal.

Pavel, in comentariile sale introductorii aseaza contextul in primele 17 versete, iar din versetul 18 incepe sa vorbeasca despre mania lui Dumnezeu, care este descoperita din cer  impotriva nelegiurii si stricaciunii oamenilor care inabusa adevarul  lui Dumnezeu prin nelegiuirea lor. Fiindca ce se poate cunoaste despre Dumnezeu, ascultati ce zice, le este descoperit in ei, pentru ca le-a fost aratat de Dumnezeu. Inca de la crearea lumii, insusirile nevazute ale lui Dumnezeu, puterea lui vesnica si dumnezeirea Lui se vad lamurit,  cand te uiti la lucrurile facute de El, asa ca omul nu are nicio scuza. Apoi in versetul 21 spune: „fiindca, macar ca au cunoscut pe Dumnezeu…” Ipoteza fundamentala – Dumnezeu s-a descoperit pe Sine tuturor oamenilor.

Fiecare de pe planeta aceasta, fie ca e un om din jungla africana, sau dintr-un sat asiatic, un eschimos din uitata tundra, de oriunde… Toti oamenii au o cunostinta despre Dumnezeu Tatal. Este clara, suficienta si simpla asa incat oamenii n-au nicio scuza. Adevarul fundamental numarul 1.

Adevarul numarul 2 – Toti oamenii resping
cunostinta adevarata despre Dumnezeu.

 „Fiindca, macar ca au cunoscut pe Dumnezeu,” spune versetul 21, „nu L-au proslavit ca Dumnezeu, nici nu I-au multumit, ci s-au dedat la gandiri desarte, si inima lor fara pricepere s-a intunecat. S-au falit ca sunt intelepti, si au innebunit; si au schimbat slava Dumnezeului nemuritor intr-o icoana care seamana cu omul muritor, pasari, dobitoace cu patru picioare si taratoare. De aceea, Dumnezeu i-a lasat prada necuratiei, sa urmeze poftele inimilor lor; asa ca isi necinstesc singuri trupurile, caci au schimbat in minciuna adevarul lui Dumnezeu,” si acestia suntem noi, „si au slujit si s-au inchinat fapturii in locul Facatorului, care este binecuvantat in veci!” Amin. Ei L-au respins pe Dumnezeu Tatal. Si aceasta este conditia umana a noastra a tuturor. A noastra din aceasta sala, a oamenilro din africa, din Asia, din Orientul Mijlociu – noi toti L-am respins pe Dumnezeu Tatal.

Imi amintesc ca discutam aceasta intrebare cu un grup de studenti odata si o fata m-a intrebat: „Dar, cum e cu…” si exemplu ei a fost despre indienii azteci; ea a spus: „Cum e cu indienii azteci care nu au avut Biblia, dar au facut tot ce-au stiut mai bine cu ceea ce au avut? Poate ei s-au inchinat soarelui, il numeau Dumnezeul Soare, dar asta e tot ce puteau ei cu ceea ce aveau. Nu este asta suficient de bine?” Si cred ca este o intrebare buna. Realitatea este ca Pavel spune foarte clar in Romani, garantat asta nu este suficient de bine. Aceasta este esenta a ceea ce am facut toti- am luat lucrurile create si ne-am inchinat lor in locul Creatorului. Idolatria nu este suficient de buna inaintea Dumnezeului universului. Toti oamenii resping cunostinta adevarata despre Dumnezeu. Ceea ce ne duce la adevarul numarul 3:

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David Platt mission trip to India photo credit David Platt

Adevarul numarul 3 – Nu exista oameni inocenti pe pamant

Cand citesti Romani de la 1:18 pana la 2:16 si vezi o acuzare a Neamurilor, a paganilor care nu au Legea, aproape ca poti sa-i auzi pe evreii crestini spunand „Amin” la fiecare propozitie pana Pavel ajunge la capitolul 2:17  si spune: „Acum tu, care te numesti iudeu, care te rezimi pe o Lege, care te lauzi cu Dumnezeul tau”- si ii pune si pe ei sub acuzare. Iar apoi, in capitolul 3, versetele 9 pana la 20,  Pavel aduce aceasta acuzare usturatoare in care ia text dupa text din Vechiul Testament si spune: „Nu este nici un om drept, niciunul macar. Nu este niciunul care sa aiba pricepere. Niciunul care sa caute cu tot dinadinsul pe Dumnezeu. Toti s-au abatut si au ajuns niste netrebnici. Nu este niciunul care sa faca binele, niciunul macar.”

Deci, iata care este treaba. Daca m-ai intreba: „David, ce se intampla cu omul nevinovat din Africa, ce n-a auzit niciodata Evnghelia? Niciodata n-a auzit Evanghelia.” Raspunsul meu, bazat pe ceea ce cred ca ne invata Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu intr-un mod foarte clar, ar fi ca acel om cu siguranta merge in cer. Fara doar si poate.El va petrece vesnicia in cer. Chiar daca n-a auzit niciodata Evanghelia.” Singura problema este ca acel om NU EXISTA.

Ce se intampla cu omul inocent din Africa? Asa este formulata de cele mai multe ori intrebarea. realitatea este ca nu exista nici macar o persoana inocenta in Africa. Daca ei ar fi inocenti, n-ar avea nicio nevoie sa auda Evanghelia! Motivul pentru care ei au nevoie sa auda Evanghelia este ca la momentul actual ei sunt vinovati inaintea unui Dumnezeu Sfant! De aceea le ducem Evanghelia. Ma urmariti? V-am vazut uitandu-va unii la altii ca si cum ati spune: „Omul asta o sa fie omorat cu pietre in capela.” Noi punem aceasta intrebare, de fiecare data concentrandu-ne asupra noastra si nu asupra sfinteniei lui Dumnezeu si cautam sa aratam cu degetul spre nedreptatea lui Dumnezeu. Insa realitatea este ca fiecare din incaperea aceasta este vinovat inaintea unui Dumnezeu sfant. Infinit de vinovat inaintea unui Dumnezeu sfant!

Nu exista nici un om nevinovat in lumea-ntreaga. Ceea ce duce la adevarul numarul 4:

Adevarul numarul 4 – Toti oamenii sunt condamnati
pentru respingerea lui Dumnezeu

Romani 1:18 pana la 3:20 trebuie sa fie una dintre cele mai impresionante parti din intreaga Biblie. Depravarea in fiecare fraza. Pavel rezuma totul in cap. 3:19 spunand: „Stim insa ca tot ce spune Legea, spune celor ce sunt sub Lege, pentru ca orice gura sa fie astupata, si toata lumea sa fie gasita vinovata inaintea lui Dumnezeu. Nimeni, spune Pavel, nimeni nu va fi socotit drept inaintea lui Dumnezeu prin tinerea Legii, deoarece prin Lege vine cunostinta pacatului.Cu alte cuvinte, noi toti suntem condamnati, iar eforturile noastre- fiecare efort „bun” pe care il depunem pentru a invinge condamnarea noastra, ne cufunda in si mai mare condamnare. Cel mai mare efort al nostru ne condamna chiar si mai mult.

Acum- in acest punct ne gandim la o idee uzuala, nu doar in cultura noastra ci si in bisericile noastre. Aceasta ideeca daca oamenii n-au auzit niciodata Evanghelia, atunci cu siguranta Dumnezeu nu-i va lasa, sau, intr-un mod si mai activ, nu-i va trimite in iad. Ei niciodata n-au auzit, deci in mod sigur, datorita faptului ca nu au auzit, lor nu li se va cere socoteala si deci vor merge in cer. Este o idee care in esenta se gandeste ca din cauza ca ei n-au auzit, exista pentru ei un fel de trecere in cer. Dar ganditi-va. Daca acest lucru ar fi adevarat- in primul rand nu as gasi nicio dovada in Scriptura  cu privire la asa ceva, dar chiar si la nivel practic- daca li s-ar garanta ca vor merge in cer datorita faptului ca nu au auzit niciodata Evanghelia- care ar fi atunci cel mai rau lucru pe care l-am putea face tu si cu mine pentru starea lor vesnica? Sa le ducem Evanghelia! „Multumim pentru saptamanile de misiune! O duceam bine indreptandu-ne spre o vesnicie in cer cu Dumnezeu, pana cand voi cu bordul vostru International de Misiune ati ajuns aici si ati stricat totul!” „Opriti-va din a va mai indeplini insarcinarea!” Evident, aceasta submineaza intereaga lucrare de evanghelizare a Bisericii. Chiar si aici in tara noastra, te duci intr-un campus universitar si, inevitabil, vei intalni studenti internationali care au putina cunaostere despre Evanghelie, poate chiar deloc.  Imagineaza-ti ca te duci la unul dintre ei si il intrebi: „Ai auzit vreodata Evanghelia? Ai auzit despre Hristos?” Si el se uita la tine si zice ca nu. Si daca tu crezi ca acea persoana merge in cer tocmai pentru ca nu a auzit, ce i-ai spune atunci? „Cand cineva va incerca sa-ti spuna, pune-ti degetele in urechi, striga cat poti de tare si fugi.”

Asta-i ideea… Indiferent cine ar fi, si Pavel admite acest lucruca exista o diferenta de nivel de cunoastere intre Neamuri si evrei- dar cu toate acestea, si Neamurile si evreii sunt toti condamnati inaintea lui Dumnezeu.

Vizitati http://www.unmesajpentruromania.blogs… pentru mai multe resurse traduse.

David Platt – Follow Me – 1.The Call – What does it mean biblically to follow Christ? (30 minutes)

What does it mean biblically to follow Christ?

David Platt (Video from STBC):

David PlattOne of the most haunting verses in the Bible, for me as a pastor is Matthew chapter 7, where Jesus says to a crowd, „Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name, perform many miracles, and drive out demons?’ That I will tell them,”Jesus says, „Away from me, you evil doers.” The thought that there might be many people, ‘many’, Jesus says, who will be shocked one day to find that though they thought their eternity was secure, they never truly knew Christ.

So, I read that in the Word and I think about people that I pastor. I think about Tom, who for 50 years, spent his life in a church, thinking he was a christian, going through all the motions. And, after 50 years, coming to the conclusion, „I don’t really know Christ.” I think about Jordan, a college student whose story is similar, and who went through all the motions, and read a prayer and signed a card when she was a kid, and then went through the youth group, and she was active in doing this or that, but she came to the conclusion that she never really knew Christ.

Is it possible that we could be spiritually deceived into thinking  we are christians, but we’re not truly following Christ. If we don’t know Christ, I can’t think of a more eternally important question to ask is: Am I truly a follower of Jesus Christ? Not if I prayed a prayer, or signed a card. But, am I truly a follower of Jesus? So, in this first session we dive into that question. And we explore: What does it mean biblically to follow Christ? Toward the end, and I hope and I pray that God will truly give you grace to answer that question in your own life. Are you truly a follower of Jesus? Again, there is no more eternally important question than that.

I wanna start by sharing some things that are particularly heavy on my heart as a pastor, but not even just as a pastor, but as a follower of Christ. We live in a day where it means almost nothing  for someone to claim to be a Christian. I came across research the other day that said almost  4 out of 5 Americans identify them selves as Christians. But in that group of self proclaimed Christians, less than half of them are involved in church on a weekly basis, less than half of them actually believe the Bible is true. The overwhelming majority  don’t have a biblical view of the world around them. But these researchers went deeper. They identified men and women as ‘born again Christians’, as if there’s any other kind of Christian, but these are people who say they’ve made a personal commitment to Jesus and they believe that they will go to heaven because they accepted Jesus as their Savior. And according to this research, almost half of Americans are born again Christians. But, out of that group of born again Christians, the beliefs, lifestyles are virtually indistinguishable from those in the world around them.

Many „born again Christians” believe their works can earn them a place in heaven, others think that Christians and muslims worship the same God. Some believe Jesus sinned while He was on earth, And increasing numbers of born again Christians describe themselves as marginally committed to Jesus. So, people have used research like this to conclude „Christians are really not that different from the rest of the world”. I don’t think that interpretation research is accurate. The one thing that is abundantly clear from the statistics: There’s a whole lot of people in the world who think they are Christians and are not. We desperately need to relook at what it biblically means to follow Jesus in our day.

You remember Jesus in Matthew chapter 7:22-23-

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

So Jesus is telling us there are many, many people who will be shocked to find on that day that they thought their eternity was secure, they were ultimately deceived. But they thought they were Christians, and they never knew Christ. So, what does it mean, truly, biblically, to follow Christ, to know Christ, to be a Christian? What I wanna do is dive into Scripture and see how God answers that question and then to let His word drive us to look at our lives and ask the question, „Are we following Christ?” And, „Are you following Christ?” What does it mean for our lives in this world if we are following Him?

So, how does the Bible answer that? Matthew 4:18-22-

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.’

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Alright, two words, there in verse 19: Follow Me. You might want to underline those 2 words. What do those 2 words mean- Follow Me? Let’s take them in reverse order. First, who is the ‘Me’ that’s going to be followed here? And this is where I want to give you just a quick  summary of the first 4 chapters of Matthew, because up to this point, Matthew has painted  a glorious, stunning, majestic, masterful portrait of Jesus informs how we understand verse 19.

Turn back to Matthew 1:1 – The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. From the very beginning, Matthew makes clear Jesus is the Savior. That’s what Jesus means , that He will save us from our sins. He’s the Messiah, so Christ is not His last name. Christ means the ‘promised One’, the Messiah who is promised all throughout the Old Testament. He’s the son of David and the kingly lion of David and the son of Abraham. So he’s the father of the people of Israel. He comes from the line of David and Abraham.  That’s a loaded first verse and Matthew spends the first half of chapter 1 showing us how Jesus is the center of all history. How all of history is headed towards His birth. Then, at the end of chapter 1, Matthew tells us that Jesus is fully human and  fully divine (Matthew 1:20). Through the virgin birth, Jesus is born of the Spirit, through a woman, unlike anyone else has ever been born; this miracle, this mystery of the incarnation, Jesus is Emanuel- literally: God with us.

Then, Matthew chapter 2, we see ‘Jesus is the Sovereign over the wise and the Shepherd of the weak. He has wise men following stars from east to west, to bow down before Him. And then, Matthew quotes in chapter 2 from Micah chapter 5. Matthew 2:6-

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

It talks about how Jesus is the rulers who will shepherd God’s people. Sovereign of the wise, shepherd of the weak, all in chapter 2.

Then, in Matthew chapter 3, Matthew tells us through John the baptist that Jesus is the Savior King and the Righteous Judge. „Repent,” John the baptist said, „for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” So the King is here. Jesus is the Savior King and Righteous Judge. And then, as John baptizes Jesus, we see that He’s filled with the Spirit and loved by God the Father. And there’s a rare glimpse of heaven in Matthew chapter 3:17- where God declares:

and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

And that sets the stage for temptations and in Matthew chapter 3, Jesus is led into the desert to be tempted by the devil and we discover that Jesus is the new Adam and the true Israel. Where the first Adam fell to temptation from the devil, in the Garden, Jesus stands against that serpent. (Matthew 4:1-11) And Jesus is the true Israel, the faithful, obedient, Son of God, who passed the test of temptation and conquered Satan. And all of that leads to Matthew chapter 4, with this portrait of Jesus as the Light of the World, and hope for all people. Verse 16 says-

the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.”

And this is Jesus. You look at the Savior, Messiah, the One promised to come and the kingly lion of David and Abraham, the father of His people, Israel. Fully human and fully divine, the One to whom wise men from the nations bow down . His birth and life, the culmination of generations  and generations of prophecy and anticipation. He’s the Savior King, the Righteous Judge of the world, perfectly filled with God the Spirit, loved by God the Father, the only man who has conquered sin, the true Son that Israel could never be, the light of the world and the hope for all people.

DO WE REALIZE WHO THIS IS ?

When we do, there’s only one conclusion possible: Jesus is clearly, absolutely worthy of far more than church attendance and casual association. We cannot reduce Jesus to a poor, puny Savior who is just begging for people to accept Him in their lives. Jesus doesn’t need our acceptance. He’s infinitely worthy of all glory in the universe and He doesn’t need us at all. We need Him. So let’s not patronize Him. Jesus is clearly, absolutely worthy of far more than church attendance and casual association. He is worthy to total abandonment and supreme adoration. This is no game here, we’re talking about the Savior King of the universe, the Righteous Judge of all nations. God in the flesh is saying, „Follow Me”. That thought alone is mind boggling, that Jesus would come to you and say, „Follow Me”. There’s no potential casual response here. It’s either: Turn and run, or bow and worship.

Well. you say, „These guys didn’t bow and worship. But, if you look at Luke’s parallel account, Luke chapter 5, where Jesus calls these disciples, you’ll see that as soon as they realize who Jesus was, that’s exactly what they did. He fell on his face, then he rose and he followed Jesus. Everything would be different in these men’s lives because of this encounter with Jesus. Everything.

It is how we know, that people who profess to be Christians, but whose lives look just like the rest of the world’s are completely deceived. All kinds of people, who supposedly made a decision, prayed a prayer, signed a card, walked an aisle, accepted Jesus into their hearts, invited Christ into their lives, but their lives don’t look any different . They say they’re a Christian, but the reality is they don’t know this Jesus, because when you don’t know this Jesus, everything about you begins to change in your life. Everything.

So, what does that word „follow” mean, then? If this is the portrait of the one who speaks, then what does it mean for the ones who respond? To follow Jesus means to live with radical abandonment for His glory. So you go back up to where we read, one verse up, to verse 17. The first words out of Jesus’s mouth are „Repent, for the kingdom oh heaven is near.” That word ‘repent’ means  to confess sin, to express sorrow over sin and to turn from sin. Ultimately, to renounce yourself. Jesus later says in Luke 14:33 that: If anyone is going to come after Me, he must renounce everything that he has. If you don’t, you cannot be my disciples. That’s what He says. So, think about what kind of renouncing it involves in this passage. Think about this disciples, what they were renouncing, what they were leaving behind, as they followed Jesus. Well, to follow Jesus is to leave behind all things, our comfort, these guys were leaving behind everything that was familiar to them. Everything was natural to them. They were leaving behind comfort and uncertainty. Followers of Jesus don’t always know  all the details about where they’re going, but they always know who they’re with. That’s huge.

They’re leaving behind comfort, careers, possessions- they dropped their nets.  Now, to be sure, these guys are not the economically elite in their day, but they had a boat, a successful trade as fishermen, these men had much to lose in following Christ. We find out later they still had a boat and various other things. But the reality is at this moment they follow Jesus with nothing in their hands. Our possessions, our positions- this is big, and this is one of those things that  set Jesus’ disciples apart from other disciples who followed rabbis in the first century. The disciples would oftentimes attach themselves to a rabbi in order to promote themselves. It was kind of like a step up a ladder, in order to increase someone’s position or status. Well, that was clearly not the case for these guys. This was not a step up the ladder, this was a step down. They would eventually find out, the One they were following would eventually be tried and killed.

Leaving behind position. We leave behind our families. James and John leave their father. And they’re not the only ones who are told to do something like this. Luke 9:61-62 „Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Jesus tells another potential disciple: Don’t even go back and say goodbye to your family. Our families, our friends, our safety. This is a rabbi, this is a teacher who would soon say to these same men, „I’m gonna send you out like sheep among wolves.” All men will hate you because of Me. If they persecute Me, they’ll persecute you.” So they’re abandoning their safety.

Obivously, following Jesus means abandoning our sin. It’s the core of what it means to repent. Turn from your sin. And all of this, ultimately important to abandoning ourselves. This is the message we know to become essential for any and every prospective follower of Jesus. He would say over and over again: If anyone is going to follow Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross (take up an instrument of death) and follow Me. In a world where everything revolves around self- protect yourself, promote yourself, entertain yourself, comfort yourself, take care of yourself, Jesus looks at potential disciples and says, „Slay yourself. Die”. So don’t buy it. Some of you have bought it.

The idea that all you have to do is make a decision, pray a prayer, sign a card, become a Christian and keep your life as you know it. It’s NOT TRUE! You become a follower of Jess and you lose your life as you know it. Now, I wanna be really careful here. I’m not saying, and I can’t, I wouldn’t say that as in the New Testament every follower of Jesus must lose their career, sell or give away all their possessions, leave their family behind, and necessarily, physically die for the Gospel. But, the New Testament is absolutely clear on this, for all who follow Jesus, comfort, certainty in this world are no longer our concerns. And our career revolves around whatever Jesus calls us to do and whatever He wants to use us and our career for the good news of His kingdom. Our possessions are not our own. As a Christian, you no longer live for material pleasure of this world. You forsake material pleasure in this world, and you live for eternal treasure in the world to come. That could mean selling or giving away everything you have. Position is not your priority.

When it comes to family, absolutely, based on the whole New Testament, you’re commanded to honor your parents, to love your spouse, to provide for your children. So, you can’t use passages like this to justify being a lousy spouse, or lousy parents, or whatever. But your love for Christ, according to Matthew 10, should make love for your closest family membes look like hate in comparison. And you go wherever Jesus says to go, knowing that self id no longer your god, safety is no longer your priority. As a follower of Jesus, you resist sin  and you risk your life in obedience to Him. This is what it means to follow Him. So are these things true in your life? I mean really true? To follow Jesus is to lay down all of these things in order to live for one thing: to honor the King. To follow Jesus means to hold loosely to all these other things: comfort, careers, possessions, positions, families, friends, safety, selves, and to cling tightly to the person of Christ and the mission of His kingdom.

Some of that may sound extreme to some people, but don’t forget who the ‘ME’ is here (Jesus). To leave behind, lay down everything in your life doesn’t make sense until you realize who the king is. And when you realize who He is, then laying down, leaving behind everything is the only thing that makes sense. Remember Matthew 13:44-45 –  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. He knows that he has found something worth losing everything for. This is what it means to be a disciple of Christ. We have found in Him, someone who is worth losing everything for. That’s why Matthew 13:44 says: with gladness he sold everything he had. With gladness he gave it away. We do this, not begrudgingly, „Okay, I’ve gotta let go of everything  in order to follow Jesus.” No. We do this because it makes sense, because of the joy in our heart and the glory of Jesus, that it just makes sense to abandon everything, as His disciples.

To follow Jesus is to live with radical abandonment for His glory and to live with joyful dependence on His grace. And this is where I want you to see the beauty and the wonder of God’s grace, in these words: Follow Me. So, see it here: Jesus takes the initiative, to choose us. Don’t miss this. It was common in first century judaism for potential disciples to seek out a rabbi, to study under him. But the beauty of what we’re seeing here, in Matthew 4 is that these men don’t come to Jesus, Jesus comes to them. This is Jesus initiating the relationship. He’s doing here, at the beginning of the New Testament, what we’ve seen God, the Father, do all throughout the Old Testament. God always chooses by grace His partners. He chose Noah, He chose Abraham, He chose Moses, He chose David, He chose the prophets, He chose Israel to be His people. Deuteronomy 7:6. And just as God the Father chose from the Old Testament by His grace, Jesus is choosing disciples here in the New Testament. He tells them later, in John 15:16 „You did not choose Me, but I chose you.” And He didn’t choose these guys because of anything in them. I

t’s all because of grace in Him. You see, it is at this point in His sermon of Matthew chap. 4 that I sometimes hear preachers or I read commentators talk about all the reasons why Jesus would choose fishermen to be His disciples: Cause fishermen do this or that, and they have this or that skill, and this or that perspective. But, if that’s he direction we’re going, we miss the whole point here. Jesus did not call these guys because of what they brought to the table. These 4 guys and subsequent disciples of Jesus did not have many things in their favor- lower class, rural, uneducated Galileans, commoners, nobodies, not well respected, not the cultural elite, not even spiritually qualified for this task, exceedingly ignorant, , narrow-minded, superstitious, full of jewish prejudices, misconceptions, and animosities, and this is who Jesus chose. You’re saying, „You’re being hard on them.” But the reality is it’s not just them, it’s us. You and I have nothing in us to draw Jesus to us, to cause Jesus to give us this invitation. We’re sinners, rebels to the core, running from God. And the beautiful, glorious gracious reality of the Gospel is that Jesus comes running to us. That God on high, looked upon sinful men and women and He sent His Son, God in the flesh, to pay the price for our sin, to rise from the grave in victory over sin, so that anyone in all of history who turns from sin and trusts in Him will be saved from sin and reconciled to God forever. What a glorious invitation to all, by His grace. You don’t walk away from that invitation, saying, „Well, look what I did to deserve that.”

So why would God do this? Why would Christ choose us to follow Him, and call us? Well, He tells us why. I quoted from John 15 just a second ago, where Jesus says, „I chose you and I appointed you to go and bear fruit.” So, Jesus tells His disciple that He chooses them for a purpose and it’s right here in Matthew 4:19. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. So watch this, Jesus takes the initiative to choose us and at the same time, He provides the power to use us to bear fruit. Notice here, Jesus does not command these guys to start fishing for men. Instead, He says, „I’m going to make you fishers of men.” In other words, I’m gonna do a transforming work in your life that will enable you to spread my kingdom all over the world. There’s no way that these disciples here, or subsequent disciples to come would be able to carry out the commands that Jesus would give to them. And so, Jesus says, „I’m gone enable you to do all that I call you to do.”Jesus takes the initiative to choose us, He provides the power to do this and He designs it this way  so that in the end He gets the glory  through us. Oh, think about it, think about what Jesus did in and through the lives of these disciples, and others who followed after them. (23:00 minute mark- there are approx 9 minutes left of this message)

John Piper, D A Carson, David Platt, Matt Chandler, messages from the CROSS Conference Dec 26-30, 2013

John Piper Cross ConferenceQuotes are from DesiringGod.org and VIDEOS and descriptions are from the Cross Conference website – http://crosscon.com Photos are from the videos.

John Piper

The Chief End of Missions: The Supremacy of God
in the Joy of All Peoples (Main Session I)

“The chief end of missions is the supremacy of God in the joy of all peoples.” These two ends are of an identical essence, totally and completely inseparable, for the only gladness that lasts is a gladness in the glory of God. This reality frees us from choosing either the glory of God or compassion for the lost as the primary desire for missions.

Some quotes from John Piper at the Cross Conference:

  • “There are a thousand needs in the world, and none of them compares to the global need for the gospel.”
  • “I am not a missionary, but I have wanted my life to count for the unreached peoples of the world.”
  • “God aims to look valuable in the world, and that happens when we treasure him above all else.”
  • “If you remove enjoyment of God from faith in God, it ceases to be faith.”
  • “We will not let you choose between being a lover of God and his sovereignty and being a lover of lost people.”
  • “One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end.”
  • “God is on the move to rescue people from misery to everlasting happiness, which can only be found in him.”
  • “If you don’t know God as beautiful and satisfying, you don’t know him.”
  • “Jesus came at Christmas to bring glory to God and satisfaction to sinners everywhere.”

Other John Piper quotes from the breakout sessions:

  • “You ought to marry someone who’s willing to go anywhere for God. If they’re not, they’re out.”
  • “You don’t need to see the fruit of your life for there to be real, lasting, exponential fruit.’
  • “Don’t let your personality keep you from missions. God gave it to you and has a place for you to use it for his glory.”
  • “The Great Commission will not get done if we’re not ready to risk our lives and the lives of our family.”
  • “God doesn’t waste anything for those who are yielded to him.”
  • “Bitterness about your parents’ brokenness will kill you. Be the grace-filled end of generational sin in your family.”
  • “Do not be more devoted to your own brain than you are to the Bible.”
  • “God is not worn out running the galaxy. He’s not taxed at all guiding every dust particle all the time.”
  • “All your money is God’s, not just 10%.”
  • “I challenge everyone who hasn’t yet to memorize Romans 8 in 2014. It is useful for everything everywhere all the time.”

D A Carson

“The Church as the Means and the Goal of Missions”

D A CarsonD.A. Carson preaches on the social dimensions of both sin and the gospel. Sin doesn’t just send you to Hell, and the gospel doesn’t just save your soul. Each has necessary social, personal, and horizontal ramifications, culminating in the existence of and a commitment to the church, the bride of Christ, for it is in the church where the love of God is made known and reflected to the nations.

  • “Sin corrupts even our good deeds. We injure our shoulder trying to pat ourselves on the back.”
  • “The gospel overturns everything sin does.”
  • “The greatest aphrodisiac in marriage is kindness.”
  • “Tragically, we buy the lie that the gospel is only for the unconverted.”
  • “The very love of God is fleshed out in our local churches.”

David Platt

Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission

David PlattTo close CROSS 2013, David Platt delivers a clarion call to all Christians, imploring them to consider what their obedience to the Great Commission looks like. For many, it will be as stateside senders; for some, it will be as lifelong goers; for others, it will be as offerings poured out en route to give the gospel to yet-to-be-reached peoples. In every scenario — in going and sending and even in dying — God is achieving His incontrovertible purpose: the supremacy of the glory of God in the Christ-exalting joy of all peoples.

Some quotes from David Platt at the Cross Conference:

  • “I’m asking every single person listening to this message to lay a blank check before God, open to go wherever he leads.”
  • “Ask, could my gifts, education, career, or experience be used to spread the gospel where it’s needed most?”
  • “What if the word of God was enough to inspire passionate worship among his people?”
  • “Saved people this side of heaven owe the gospel to lost people this side of hell.”
  • “There are no innocent unreached people in the world. Their knowledge of God is only enough to damn them to hell.”
  • “Our God is worthy of the worship of 6,000 more people groups.”
  • “If you can trust God to save you for eternity, you can trust him to lead you for a lifetime.”
  • “Do not underestimate what God can do when the church is sending and workers are going to people who need the gospel.”

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler

The Life Worth Living for Christ
Is a Life Worth Losing

Matt Chandler unpacks the life of the apostle Paul as proof positive that there’s no such thing as a person beyond God’s saving mercy. In fact, his post-conversion commitment to evangelism and, even more, his Christ-exalting fearlessness in the midst suffering depicts the truth of his words in Philippians 1:21: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” May the same be said of all God’s people, that a better day is coming where we will receive our reward and see — finally — our treasured King face to face.

Some quotes from Matt Chandler at the Cross Conference

  • “When we join God in his plan for his global glory, we get to be a part of the cosmic take-your-kid-to-work day.”
  • “There isn’t a violent soul on the planet that God might not save and transform for himself.”
  • “Every missionary I know is extraordinarily ordinary. Everything they do, they do by the grace of God.”
  • “When God saves you, he doesn’t do it because you gave him permission. He did it because he’s God.”
  • “Comfort is the god of our generation, so suffering is seen as a problem to be solved, and not a providence from God.”
  • “Why do we try so hard to make Jesus cool?! He doesn’t need a makeover.”
  • “When we see the bankruptcy, slavery, and vanity of everything else, we can finally say, ‘To die is gain.’”
  • “Nobody dies early.”
  • “In 10,000 years you will not regret anything you didn’t have or do in this life.”
  • “Until Christ is our treasure, any other motivation we have to suffer for him is a fool’s errand.”

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Jesus Is Worthy – David Platt

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„You see Jesus saying to four fishermen, ‘Follow me.’ We need to feel the weight and the wonder of the One who’s speaking here—this is Jesus. The Savior and Messiah. The One promised to come in the kingly line of David and Abraham Father of God’s people in Israel. Fully human and fully divine. The One who wise men of the nations bow. The One who’s birth ushers in the consummation of generations and generations of prophecy and expectation. He is the Savior King, the Righteous Judge of the World perfectly filled with God the Spirit, completely loved by God the Father. The only man who’s conquered sin. The True Son that Israel could never be. The Light of the World and the Hope for all Nations. Do we realize who this is? For when we do we come to one conclusion…

This Jesus is clearly absolutely worthy of more than nominal adherence and church association. Church leaders, we must not reduce this Jesus to a poor, puny savior who is just begging for people to accept him into their hearts as if Jesus needed to be accepted by us. He doesn’t need your acceptance. He doesn’t need my acceptance. He doesn’t need any of our acceptance. He’s infinitely worthy of all glory in all the universe and He doesn’t need us at all. We need Him! We desperately need Him…Jesus is worthy of total abandonment and supreme adoration.” This is no game here. We’re talking about the Savior King of the universe and the Righteous Judge of the nations. God in the flesh, saying, „Follow Me”. (2nd Photo credit www.day4ministries.com)

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David Platt – The ‘epitome of hate’ is to withhold the gospel from those who don’t know it

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Don’t be a hater

Watch David Platt discuss how the Great Commission practically intersects with and shapes the Christian life. In this video: David Platt, Mark Mellinger Permalink: tgc.org/resources/a/dont_be_a_hater

David Platt:

That is the ultimate goal of missions: 2 Corinthians 4:15 sums it up. ( For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.) It’s all for the sake of people, coming to Christ, more and more people, the grace of God extended to them, so they might give thanksgiving and glory to God. This is what drives everything we do in our life, ministry. We want God’s grace to extend to more and more people, for the glory of God among all peoples.

„Believing, automatically leads to speaking. Believing the Gospel automatically leads to sharing the Gospel. The two are inseparable. Sitting idly by, in comfort, is the height of arrogance and the epitome of hate.” 

Question: What does a professing Christian have to make of his life if he’s not sharing, or she’s not sharing ?

Platt:

I think it calls for 2 Corinthians 13:5 to examine our hearts. (Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!) Do you really possess this faith in Christ? Do you really believe that Jesus died on the cross, rose from the grave? So, ask, „Do I really believe this?” Then, to begin to look, what are the reasons why I’m not making that connection between believing and proclaiming. It’s something we see all over Scripture, in the Gospels: to be a disciple is to make disciples. „Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” „Go and make disciples,” and so, if we’re not doing that, then what in our lives, what areas of sin, or fear, or whatever it might be, keeping us from carrying out the clear followthrough that comes from believing in Christ.

And, I don’t wanna say this is easy. Even when I wrote ‘Radical’, just to go back a little bit, part of it was just an overflow of a journey, saying, „Alright, if I really believe this book (the Bible), then the ramifications are astounding. There’s billions of people that don’t believe in Christ, all of them are on their way to hell. If that’s true, it’s not possible to sit back in a nice comfortable Christian spin of the American dream. But, we must give our lives. And there are churches to go and make this news known. I need to that in my life every day.

  1. Do I believe the person next to me, in this conversation, that I know doesn’t know Christ, do I believe they’re going to hell?
  2. If so, do I believe there are eternal implications for them for not believing the Gospel?
  3. If so, I must speak this Gospel.

It all goes back to a heart issue. In my heart, is Christ Lord? Do I want His glory, more than I want my own life? Do I want His glory, more than I want to preserve my own reputation? To be comfortable, to avoid awkwardness. Do I want His glory in the world, more than I want my own dreams, missions, plans, possessions, whatever it might be? So, to investigate our hearts, examine our hearts and say, „On the supremacy of Christ, is He supreme in my affections? And what I believe, what I feel, as a result, and how can I put this into practice where I live?

Not compelled by guilt.  (But) we need to be convicted if we’re not being obedient, when it comes to the great commission. At the same time, it’s not what’s gonna sustain obedience. What’s gonna sustain obedience is a passion to see the Gospel spread, and more, and more people, so that God receives glory from the people.

We encourage our folks to ask these questions:

  • How can I pray?
  • How can I go?
  • and even on going: How can I go short term?(1 to 2 weeks) How can I go midterm? (2 months – 2 years) How can I go long term? (spend your life somewhere.

And then, that, not even in just traditional missionary routes; it is still something we need to do, through the business vocation kind of thing to do in different parts of the world. When we ask these questions, I think we want to tell our folks: „Surrender and abide.” So, surrender, put the check on the table, with your life, with your family, with your possessions, with your dreams, with your ambitions, „Lord, whatever you want to do, no strings attached, wherever you want to go.” And if you’ve got a blank check on the table, and then you are abiding in him, walking in His word, in prayer, praying for the nations, given to the nations, and going, making disciples right where you live, and as God leads… If we’re surrendered to Him, abiding in Him, I think we can have full confidence that the sovereign  God of the Universe isn’t gonna let us be in the wrong place in this mission. He’s gonna make it clear. He’s gonna transform our minds, our desires, in the context of community and the church, and He’s gonna make it clear when He wants us to do something other than what we’re doing.

Praying for the nations, yes, the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest. Pray, give, especially in this context, we are incredibly wealthy as compared to the rest of the world, and to think through that where our treasure is, our heart will be also. I wanna think through, how can we give to the nations? But, when it comes to going, what I love about the Great Commission is all of us are involved in global mission, as we’re making disciples right where we live. I mean, Jesus spent the majority of His life in an isolated geographic part of the world. And He poured Himself into 12 guys. And the result is 2000 years later, you and I are celebrating His Gospel together at this conference. So, there’s a multiplication that happens when we’re making disciples. So, I’d wanna tell that guy, „Make disciples right where you are. You’re part of a global plan to see the Gospel multiplied to all peoples. So, make disciples to right where you are.” And (be) always open, the Lord may lead you to somewhere else, maybe not- you may spend all your life right there, exactly where you are.

But, even when I think about this in my own life. I pastor in Birmingham, Alabama. Talk about reached. We got Gospel, we’re like at the heart of it. And this is where I wanna kind of debunk the idea that, „Oh, so those who are passionate about the nations, go to the nations, and, those who are passionate about the locals stay here. No. We’re all passionate about the nations. We want the glory of God in all nations. That’s the way we live.  We pray, we give, we go, making disciples right where we are, and then, the Lord will call different people to do different things. And, we don’t need to compare what He’s doing in anybody else’s life and feel we’re any less, or any more spiritual. I mean, we look at Paul and Timothy, for example. Timothy was a pastor in a church. Paul is moving from one place to the next. I mean, he’s a pioneer, going to new places, planting churches. Timothy, staying in Ephesus. There’s a place for both in the kingdom of God. That’s what  I love, the creativity of God in the Great Commission;  how He will lead us in different ways, to be a part of this Great Commission to all nations. And the way it will look in my life and your life is different. But, the same things will be there. We’ll be making disciples, we’ll be praying, giving, going, however the Lord leads, and until He comes back.

I didn’t think I’d be in Birmingham, and I would love to pastor this church for the next 30 years, however long the Lord gives. At the same time, if He redirects tomorrow, I would… I remember a pivotal point in my life, I was talking to a president of a mission board, and my wife and I had been praying about going overseas, and we were ready. And so, I sat down and I had an opportunity to say at breakfast, and I said, „I think my wife and I are ready to go.” And he said, „Oh, that’s great, David. You know, at the same time, there’s a real need for pastors to shepherd churches, to go to the nations here.” And he began to talk to me for the next hour about that. I went home, told my wife- we had prayed about this conversation, we were ready to go, I said, „I think the president of this mission board just talked me out of going overseas. It was odd.”  But, I hoped that that what the Lord was doing. So, anyway, who knows what this will look like in my life in the days to come?

Question: What happens when you’re in that pulpit?

Platt: There’s a power and authority in the word, that I don’t have in myself. And a boldness that I don’t have in myself, and a confidence that I don’t have in myself. It’s all in the word. I pray for the presence of God. I pray for anointing upon the Word, for the purposes of God. I pray for that. I long for that.

On the key to driving more people to missions: Platt: I think the key is we’re not going to be content, but global missions, the Great Commission as a side thing over here in the church. This is what’s gonna drive us. And we’re not gonna have missions weekend once a year, a missions committee over here, who does a little bit of stuff. At the heart of the church, we want the glory of Christ to the nations. So, it’s gonna infiltrate every week preaching. I’m gonna connect God’s glory to the nations. We’re gonna celebrate when people are going in Birmingham, going around the world. And at all those levels at the church, how we plan fasting for the spread of the Gospel to the nations, we wanna be intentional about giving, we have so ah… That’s been part of our journey at the church. We have so much room still to grow, but, you look at the budget of the church  and it doesn’t reflect the passion for the nations, so we try to shift our budget to say, „How can we spend less on us, our stuff, and more on getting the Gospel to the nation,” and encourage people to do that. And then, encourage a sending culture in the church that says, „We really do, we wanna do less for our seating capacity and more for our sending capacity into Birmingham, North America and the nations.”

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David Platt – What happens to those who never hear the Gospel? (with Slovak subtitles)

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In the video, David Platt preaches on Romans 1, at Southeastern Evangelical Seminary. This video contains Slovak subtitles.

Fundamental Truth #1

Truth #1 All people know God the Father. All people have knowledge of God, the Father. Paul gives introductory comments to set the stage in the first 17 verses, and then in verse 18 he starts talking about the wrath of God that is being revealed from heaven against the godlessness and the wickedness of men who suppress the truth of God by their wickedness, since what may be known about God – listen to what it says- is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood so that man are without excuse. And, he says, in verse 21, there ‘for although they knew God.”

Fundamental assumption. God has revealed Himself to all men. Everyone on the planet. Whether it is the man in the African jungle, Asian village, the eskimo in the forgotten tundra, wherever, all people have knowledge of God, the Father. It is clear, sufficient, plain, so that men are without excuse.

Fundamental Truth # 2

All people reject true knowledge of God. „For, although they knew God,” verse 21 says, „they neither glorified Him as God, nor gave thanks to Him. But, their thinking became futile, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the images, made to look like mortal men, and birds, and animals, and reptiles.” So, God gave them over to the sinful desires of their hearts. To sexual impurity, for the degrading of their bodies and one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And this is us, we worship created things, rather than the Creator, who is forever to be praised. Amen. They rejected God, the Father. And, this is the human condition for all of us- us in this room, people in Africa, and in Asia, in the Middle East, people in Australia… we have all rejected God, the Father.

I remember talking (over) this question with a group of college students at one point, and one girl asked me:

Well, what about those who never heard the Gospel? Her example was this Aztec Indian. She said, „Aztec Indians who did not have the Bible, but, they did the best they could with what they had. Maybe they worshipped the sun, and they called it the sun god. But, that was the best they could with what they had. Isn’t that good enough?” And I think it’s a good question. But, the reality is, Paul says very clearly in Romans: Absolutely, that is not good enough. That is the core of what we have all done. We have taken created things and worshipped them instead of the Creator. Idolatry is not good enough before the God of the universe. All people reject true knowledge of God, leading to

Fundamental Truth # 3

There are no innocent people in the world. You read through Romans 1:18 – 2:16 and you see an indictment of the Gentiles, the heathen, who do not have law. You can almost hear the Jewish Christians ‘Amen’-ing at every line, until he gets to chapter 2, verse 17 and he says, „Now, you, if you call yourself a Jew, you’re relying on the law and bragging about your relationship to God, and he goes off on them. And then, in chapter 3, verse 9, all the way through verse 20, he gives this stinging indictment, where he pulls text after text, after text from the Old Testament and he says, „There is no one righteous. not even one.” No one who understands. No one who seeks God. All have turned away. They have together become worthless. There is no one who does good. Not even one.

So, here’s the deal. If you were to ask me, „David, what happens to the innocent guy in Africa, who has never heard the Gospel?” Then, my answer to you, based on what the word of God teaches very clearly, my answer would be that that man, undoubtedly goes to heaven without question. He will spend eternity in heaven, even though he has never heard the Gospel.” The only problem is: THAT GUY DOES NOT EXIST. ‘What happens to the innocent guy in Africa’, is how this question is most often phrased.  The reality is, there is not one innocent person in Africa. If they were innocent, they would have no need to hear the Gospel. The reason they need to hear the Gospel is because at this moment, they stand guilty before a holy God. That’s why we take the Gospel to them.

Do you follow me there? We bias this question towards ourselves and away from the holiness of God, at every turn. And we look for the opportunities to point at the injustices of God. The reality is: Every single one of us, in this room is guilty before a holy God. Infinitely guilty before a holy God. NO INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. Leading to truth #4.

Fundamental Truth # 4

All people, then, all people are condemned for rejecting God. Romans 1:18-3:20 has to be one of the most depressed parts of the entire Bible. Depravity on every phrase. And, Paul sums it up in chapter 3:19. He says, „We know that whatever the law says, says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth is silenced, and the whole world held accountable to God. No one. „No one,” Paul says, „will be declared righteous in God’s sight, by observing the law.” Through the law, we become conscious of sin. In other words, we all stand condemned and our efforts, every good effort we have to overcome our condemnation sinks us into greater condemnation. Our best effort, even condemns us more.

Now, it is at this point that we think about a common idea, not just in our culture, I would say, in our churches. There is this idea, that if people have never heard the Gospel, that certainly, God would not allow them, or, in a more active way, send them to hell. They never heard, so certainly, by nature of the fact they have not heard, they will not be held accountable, and therefore, they’ll go to heaven. It’s an idea that at the core that begins to think that because they’ve never heard, there’s a pass of sorts into heaven. But, think about that. If that were true… First of all, there’s no evidence of this in Scripture. But, even on a practical level, if they were guaranteed to go to heaven, simply by nature of the fact that they have never heard the Gospel, then, what is the worst thing you and I could do for their eternal state? Taking to them the Gospel. „Well, thanks for having missions week. We were doing fine. Headed to eternity in heaven with God, until you and your IMB (International Missions Board?) got here and messed it all up. Stop commissioning.”

Obviously, that undercuts the entire evangelistic enterprise of the church. Even here, in our country, you go to a college campus here, and inevitably you will meet international students who have little or no knowledge of the Gospel. Imagine going up to one of them and saying, „Have you heard of the Gospel? Have you heard of Christ?” And they look back at you and say, „No.” And, if you believe that person is going to heaven, precisely because they’ve never heard, then what would you say to them? „Well, if somebody tries to tell you, put your fingers in your ears and start yelling really loudly and run away.” This misses the whole point.

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David Platt – Why many Christians are deceived

We are reposting this important message from David Platt today:
David Platt itickets.comEverything would be different in these men’s lives because of their encounters with Jesus. Everything. Which is why we know, that people who profess to be christians, but whose lives look just like the rest of the world’s are deceived. All kinds of people who supposedly made a decision, prayed a prayer, signed a card, walked an aisle, accepted Jesus into their hearts, but their lives don’t look any different. They say they’re christian, but the reality is they don’t know this Christ (of the Bible). Because when you know this Christ everything begins to change in your life.

I heard one precher put it this way: Imagine I got here late this morning. Imagine these guys finished leading us in musical worship and then a little video came on but it was just a blank stage and 5, 10, 15 minutes go by, you’re sitting there and it’s awkward. And al of a sudden, I come running out on stage and I say, „I am sorry I am here late. I was driving over here on the Interstate and had a flat tire. I got out and fixed the flat tire, but I accidentally stepped out into the middle of the Interstate and this Mack truck hit me head on and it hurt. But, I got up, and finished fixing the tire, got into the car and I drove here. So I apologize for being late”.

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Now, if this was the story I had told you, you would know one of two things: Either (1) I am lying or (2) I am very deceived. And you know that because when someone gets hit my a Mack truck, they look different than they did before. Based on that reality, I think I am on pretty safe ground in saying that when a person comes face to face with God in the flesh, the Savior King and sovereign Lord, and he reaches down into your heart and saves you from the clutches of sin and sin, you’re going to look different. You’re gonna look really different. Everything changes when you follow „this” King.

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Jesus Is Worthy – David Platt

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„You see Jesus saying to four fishermen, ‘Follow me.’ We need to feel the weight and the wonder of the One who’s speaking here—this is Jesus. The Savior and Messiah. The One promised to come in the kingly line of David and Abraham Father of God’s people in Israel. Fully human and fully divine. The One who wise men of the nations bow. The One who’s birth ushers in the consummation of generations and generations of prophecy and expectation. He is the Savior King, the Righteous Judge of the World perfectly filled with God the Spirit, completely loved by God the Father. The only man who’s conquered sin. The True Son that Israel could never be. The Light of the World and the Hope for all Nations. Do we realize who this is? For when we do we come to one conclusion…

This Jesus is clearly absolutely worthy of more than nominal adherence and church association. Church leaders, we must not reduce this Jesus to a poor, puny savior who is just begging for people to accept him into their hearts as if Jesus needed to be accepted by us. He doesn’t need your acceptance. He doesn’t need my acceptance. He doesn’t need any of our acceptance. He’s infinitely worthy of all glory in all the universe and He doesn’t need us at all. We need Him! We desperately need Him…Jesus is worthy of total abandonment and supreme adoration.” This is no game here. We’re talking about the Savior King of the universe and the Righteous Judge of the nations. God in the flesh, saying, „Follow Me”. (2nd Photo credit www.day4ministries.com)

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