David Platt was one of the men invited to speak at T4G this year.
“So, pastors, let us be finished and done with puny theology that results in paltry approaches to global missions in local churches; let us believe deeply in the sovereign God of the universe who holds the destiny of the world and our lives in the palm of his hand; let us see the hopeless state of man before God apart from Christ; and let us lead our churches to pray, give, go to unreached peoples with the greatest news in all the world: We have been saved by a graciously, globally, gloriously particular sacrifice. So, let us lead our churches, let us give our lives, let us lose them if necessary for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom and the accomplishment of Christ’s commission. And let’s not stop until the slaughtered Lamb of God and the sovereign Lord of all receives the full reward of his sufferings.”
“Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to week loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said tome, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every drive and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and though sands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
This past Good Friday, our church hosted another Secret Church simulcast. It isn’t only about studying the Bible; it is also a time of focused prayer for the persecuted church around the world. If you’ve never heard of Secret Church: Watch “What is Secret… Continue Reading “Secret Church: The Cross and Suffering”