Session 4 Highlights for Secret Church 15 - Radical

Session 4 Highlights for Secret Church 15

In the final session, Session 4, David Platt covers ethnicity & immigration, liberty and persecution, the injustice of the lack of gospel access among the unreached, and the ultimate hope of the believer–a new heaven and a new earth.

ETHNICITY AND IMMIGRATION

1 Key Passage:

“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 tribe 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.” (Revelation 5:8-10)

2 Memorable Quotes:

“My barber in the Caribbean looks just like me. You’d think he was an African-American until he opens his mouth. When he speaks, he speaks Jamaican patois so it is clear that he’s not an African-American. My administrative assistant is also proudly Jamaican—very white-skinned. The lady in my barbershop looks a lot like my wife. You might think she is African-American or even Caymanian. She is Honduran. This notion of artificially imposing categories on people according to color—biology—is sheer folly. It’s an impossibility. This is why much of the field on race and ethnicity has largely abandoned the attempt to identify men based on biological categories of race.” (Thabiti Anyabwile)

“As citizens of an other-worldly kingdom, we care for all people (regardless of ethnicity or status) in this ever-changing country.” (David Platt)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • The category of ethnicity is more helpful and biblical than the category of race as we pursue diversity.
  • God has promised to bless all peoples, and this blessing comes through Christ’s death.

  • There should be unity among God’s people for the sake of his glory in the world.

 

LIBERTY AND PERSECUTION

1 Key Passage:

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:13-17)

2 Memorable Quotes:

“When force is applied, the will is not aroused. One can enter the Church unwillingly, one can approach the altar unwillingly, one can receive the sacrament unwillingly; no one can believe except willingly.” Augustine

“Freedom of religion is ultimately given by God, no just granted by government.” (David Platt)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • Religious liberty is not primarily a political issue, but rather a gospel issue.
  • We obey our government unless it requires us to disobey God.

  • Followers of Christ should speak and serve on behalf of the persecuted church around the world.

 

THE GREATEST INJUSTICE OF ALL (THE UNREACHED)

1 Key Passage:

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome. I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew, and then for the Gentile. (Romans 1:14-16)

2 Memorable Quotes:

“God alone knows the definition of terms [here]. I cannot precisely define who all the nations are, but I do not need to know. I know only one thing: Christ has not yet returned; therefore, the task is not yet done. When it is done, Christ will come. Our responsibility is not to insist on defining the terms; our responsibility is to complete the task. So long as Christ does not return, our work is undone. Let us get busy and complete our mission.” (George Ladd on Matthew 24:14)

“The beauty of the gospel creates a burden for mission.” (David Platt)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • For the unreached, their current knowledge of God is only enough to damn them to hell.
  • The plan of God warrants the sacrifices of his people, and the Son of God deserves the praise of all peoples.
  • We as Christians live to reach people from among all peoples for the praise of God, whether by praying, giving, and/or going.

 

THE ULTIMATE HOPE FOR ALL

1 Key Passage:

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)

2 Memorable Quotes:

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” (C.S. Lewis)

“To come to Thee is to come home from exile, to come to land out of the raging storm, to come to rest after long labor, to come to the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes.” (Charles Spurgeon)

3 Brief Takeaways:

  • For the unreached, their current knowledge of God is only enough to damn them to hell.
  • The plan of God warrants the sacrifices of his people, and the Son of God deserves the praise of all peoples.
  • We as Christians live to reach people from among all peoples for the praise of God through our praying, giving, and going.

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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