Session 1 Highlights for #SC15 - Radical

Session 1 Highlights for #SC15

After each of the four sessions of tonight Secret Church 15 simulcast, we will highlight one key verse, two brief takeaways, and three memorable lines for each topic covered. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged to catch the simulcast replay if you haven’t already seen it. In Session 1 David Platt introduced tonight’s topic and explained the gospel of Christ.

THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: THE GREATEST OFFENSE

1 Key Passage:

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

2 Memorable Quotes:

  • “The doctrine of Christ’s divinity seems to me not something stuck on which you can unstick but something that peeps out at every point so that you’d have to unravel the whole web to get rid of it.” (C.S. Lewis)

  • “The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws every day nearer and the command to repent goes unheeded.” (A.W. Tozer)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • The gospel is a greater offense to unbelievers than any social issue.

  • The gospel is the good news that the just and gracious Creator of the universe has looked upon hopelessly sinful men and women and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the resurrection so that everyone who turns from their sin and themselves and trusts in Jesus as Savior and Lord will be reconciled to God forever.

  • Christians must engage the culture with conviction, compassion, and courage. This will involve praying, submitting to the authority of God’s Word, and proclaiming the gospel.

David Burnette serves as the Chief Editor for Radical. He lives with his wife and three kids in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves as an elder at Philadelphia Baptist Church. He received his Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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