Session 2 Highlights for Secret Church 15 - Radical

Session 2 Highlights for Secret Church 15

In Session 2 David Platt addressed the topics of abortion, orphans & widows, and poverty. Here are a few highlights …

ABORTION

1 Key Passage:

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:12-16)

2 Memorable Quotes:

  • “To endorse or even to be neutral about killing innocent children created in God’s image is unthinkable in the Scriptures, was unthinkable to Christians in church history, and should be unthinkable to Christians today.” (Randy Alcorn)

  • Think of a little girl named Rachel. Rachel is two months old, but she is still six weeks away from being a full-term baby. She was born prematurely at 24 weeks, in the middle of her mother’s second trimester. On the day of her birth Rachel weighed one pound, nine ounces, but dropped to just under a pound soon after. She was so small she could rest in the palm of her daddy’s hand. She was a tiny, living, human person. Heroic measures were taken to save this child’s life. Why? Because we have an obligation to protect, nurture, and care for other humans who would die without our help—especially little children. Rachel was a vulnerable and valuable human being. But get this … If a doctor came into the hospital room and, instead of caring for Rachel, took the life of this little girl as she lay quietly nursing at her mother’s breast, it would be homicide. However, if this same little girl—the very same Rachel—was inches away resting inside her mother’s womb, she could be legally killed by abortion.” (Gregory Koukl)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • Abortion is first and foremost an affront to God.

  • God values the unborn and has an intimate relationship with them

  • While God will judge those who have participated in the sin of abortion, the gospel is sufficient to redeem fully those who have participated in abortion in any way.

 

ORPHANS AND WIDOWS

1 Key Passage:

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:17-18)

2 Memorable Quotes:

  • “It seems to me that widows have entered into a dimension of dependence on God that prepares them for the ministry of intercessory prayer. The widow’s mite was recognized and commended by Jesus because ‘she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on’ (Mark 12:44). Perhaps the widow’s ‘might’ is most mighty when these women band together as helper-defenders in intercessory prayer. Older women who do not have the daily responsibilities of jobs are another power source for intercessory prayer.” (Susan Hunt)

  • “We care for orphans not because we are rescuers. . . . We care for orphans because we are the rescued.” (David Platt)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • God cares for and protects orphans and widows, and he commands his people to as well.

  • We ought to pursue orphans as a response to God mercy toward us.

  • Caring for widows pleases God and demonstrates the gospel.

 

POVERTY

1 Key Passage:

“Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13)

2 Memorable Quotes:

  • “Tell me what you think about money and I can tell you what you think about God.” (Billy Graham)

  • “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” (C.S. Lewis)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • God is the sovereign owner of all things, and we are his stewards.

  • God cares for and defends the poor, and he commands his people to as well.

  • The Christian’s use of money and possessions carries eternal consequences.

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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