Jonah is one of the best known books of the Bible. But beyond the fascinating story of a fish swallowing a man, you will find the challenging account of God’s most unwilling prophet and how, more often than not, we, like Jonah, choose our own comfort over God’s mission. But Jesus shows us a better way. Together we will learn how the gospel drives us to make disciples, not just of people who look and think like us—but of all nations, even those we would consider our enemies.
Join us on April 21 for a one-night, intensive Bible study walking through the book of Jonah, learning about the urgent spiritual and physical needs in Iran, and praying for the persecuted church around the world.
WHAT TO EXPECT
STUDY: Jonah is a literary masterpiece that has inspired authors, painters, poets, and musicians. But far from being some fairy tale about a fish, it’s a real story with surprising relevance for our lives and the world we’re living in right now. Together we will take a 6-hour deep dive into this book.
PRAY: We will have an exclusive opportunity from inside Iran to learn about how the Lord is awakening many people and growing his Church despite incredible challenges. Together we’ll join with what God is doing in Iran through our prayers. And together we’ll give to work not just in Iran, but in other countries where Christians are being persecuted, like Yemen and Syria and North Korea.
ACT: We will be challenged to live on mission—in our neighborhoods and to the nations.
Guided Scripture Journal
Every registrant will also receive a free Guided Scripture Journal which has been designed to be used in conjunction with the teaching.
*Shipping is only available in the United States.
ABOUT SECRET CHURCH
Years ago, David Platt taught and ministered among underground Asian house churches where believers were forced to gather in secret, sometimes at risk of their own lives due to hostility from the government, from the surrounding community, and even from their own families. Secret Church is an opportunity for us to gather and intensely study the Bible and pray like and for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
Radical’s Secret Church is a unique, one-night event that happens annually.
Encouraged by our persecuted brothers’ and sisters’ examples, we will meet for 6 hours for intense study of God’s Word and passionate prayer for the persecuted.
Who can participate in Secret Church?
Anyone can register to participate in Secret Church. Individuals are welcome to purchase single tickets, though we do encourage group registration whenever possible.
Can a local church or small group host a local gathering?
Yes! In fact we highly encourage churches and small groups to join us for Secret Church together as a group. You can find larger packages available as well as promotional posters, cards, and social media assets that you can use to help spread the word in your local area.
Can we stream Secret Church from home?
Yes! The Secret Church stream is a web-based broadcast and can be viewed in your church, home, school, workplace, or anywhere in the world that has a strong internet connection.
Can we delay the start time of Secret Church?
Yes! You can delay the start of the stream if the premier time does not work for your group. Since we start at 7:00 pm EDT, this option is often helpful for groups in Mountain and Pacific time zones. You will have access to the stream through May 31, so you can replay the video sessions at any time during that period.
Where can we find Secret Church resources from past events?
You can find session media, study guide downloads, discussion questions, and more from past Secret Church events on our Secret Church archive page.
What do we need to do to prepare for the event?
1. Make sure to register so that you can get access to the video steam.
2. Once you register we will send you a free printed copy* as well as a digital copy of the Guided Scripture Journal.
3. Make sure to have a stable internet connection.
4. Bring plenty of pens and highlighters.
If you’ve done Secret Church before, you’ll notice that the Study Guide this year is different. We’re calling it a Guided Scripture Journal. It’s designed less around filling in blanks (although there are some of them), but more for you to take notes in the actual text of the Bible as we walk through it. Our hope is that you will mark up the text and take all kinds of notes as God speaks to you through His Word.
How can we attend from the location David will be speaking at?
Less than 5% of the Secret Church audience is ever present at the simulcast host location. Because producing an event with a live audience constrains many of the ways we are able to create an experience that allows the teaching to engage with the text at much deeper levels for the larger online audience, we have decided to pre-produce the event.
While the content will have been recorded earlier, we will be premiering the stream on April 21 live, to watch together.
What's new for this year's event?
If you’ve done Secret Church before, you’ll notice that the Study Guide this year is quite different than anything we’ve done in the past. We’re calling it a Guided Scripture Journal. It’s designed less around filling in blanks (although there are still some of them) and more for you to take notes in the actual text of the Bible as we walk through it. Our hope is that you will mark up the text, take all kinds of notes, and fill in the sections where we have included blanks, as God speaks to you through His Word.
We have other questions that aren’t answered here. How can we contact the Secret Church team?
Send us an email and our team will work to get an answer to your question.