A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the Kentucky Baptist Convention held in Lexington, KY. One of the main reasons I went was to hear pastor David Platt share his heart with the leaders of many of Kentucky’s churches. David Platt is the pastor of mega-church in Birmingham, AL called The Church at Brook Hills. He’s a young guy like me, 30 I think! It was a good thing to see the leaders of the Kentucky Baptist Convention invite someone so young and without much of the experience that many of them have. His message was very sincere and powerful, one we all need to hear!
The following is a small description for those who don’t have time to listen to the entire sermon and the message is posted at the end:
Christians must be people who long for the glory of Christ and believe that Jesus is “worthy of our trust,” said David Platt, senior pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. during a stirring closing session of the annual meeting.
Platt was the featured speaker during the Tuesday evening session of the 171st annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Preaching from Luke 9:57-62, Platt challenged Kentucky Baptists to concern themselves with spreading the glory of Christ more than their own comfort.
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“The key to urgency in the mission of Christ is found in zeal for the glory of Christ and its impossible to be urgent in the mission if we do not have zeal – deep zeal for the glory of Christ,” said Platt.
“He doesn’t need us at all. We need him. We desperately need him,” said Platt.
Platt named three characteristics that “Jesus is making clear about himself” in Luke 9.
“Jesus is worthy of all of our trust,” he said. “Jesus is worthy of all of our plans and dreams. Jesus is worthy of all of our affections.
“He’s saying that in following Jesus, there is a plan for your life that supersedes all other plans.”
Recalling his experience in a foreign country where Christian evangelism was illegal, Platt told of a group of believers who risked their lives to identify with Christ and sat for hours while Platt taught them about the Bible.
“They love this book. It means something to them. They’re not playing around when they study it.”
Platt told of a time when he was studying baptism with the group, when “it hit me – for them to publicly identify with Christ in their culture [by baptism] could literally cost them their lives.”
“We have prioritized our comfort over the needs of others and we need to repent. Do we believe he really is worthy of our trust?” he said.
“There are brothers and sisters around the world who are giving their lives–and I say we join them. Everything we do is only good as much as it enables us to accomplish the mission that he [Jesus] gave to us.
“God, raise up a church that is no longer content to wait for a tingly feeling to go down our spines…but that is ready to take the gospel to all nations and everywhere in between.”
Platt called for Christians who will “keep Jesus the main thing” and be willing to set aside programs and buildings if needed.
“There is only one God who is worthy of all their worship, and his name is Jesus,” he said. “We go because he is worthy.”
Noting that there are an estimated 6.7 billion people in the world today, Platt said, “even the most liberal estimate would put our world at one third percent Christian. That leaves over 4.5 billion people today who are on a road that leads to an eternal hell.
“We don’t have time to play games in church….not with the urgency of the mission before us, and I believe it begins with falling on our faces and saying ‘Lord Jesus,’ you are worthy of our trust. We want you, Jesus. You are worthy of our plans and dreams.”
Following Platt’s sermon, many in the room responded in prayer to what they had just heard. (HT: KBC)