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Exalting+Jesus+in+an+Election
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Exalting+Jesus+in+an+Election
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Exalting+Jesus+in+an+Election
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The+Passionate+Life
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The+Passionate+Life
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The+Passionate+Life
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The+Ultimate+Question
access_time16 days ago
The+Ultimate+Question
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The+Ultimate+Question
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Four+Steps+to+Full+Life
access_time24 days ago
What does it mean to live a “full” life? The way the world answers that question is very different from the answer God’s Word gives us. For followers of Christ, knowing and enjoying God is the essence of what it means to truly live. In this message from 1 Peter 1:13–25, David Platt urges us to be holy, to love God, to fear God, and to hope in God as our heavenly Father. This is what marks us as his beloved children.
How+Do+You+Hold+on+to+Faith+amidst+Trials+in+this+World%3F
access_time1 month ago
In a time abundant hardship felt all around the world, how do we hold on to our faith in the midst of various trials? Whether these struggles are seemingly small or majorly significant, they each tempt us to lose faith in the sufficiency and goodness of God. But what Satan intends for evil, God intends for good, and His word assures us that we have much to hope for in Him. In this message from 1 Peter 1:3–12, David Platt urges us to continue hoping and trusting in God amidst trials we face in this world. 
Elect+Exiles
access_time1 month ago
As followers of Christ, it’s so easy for us to lose our bearings. Without realizing it, we begin to think and act as if this world is our final destination, as if our identity and security is found in temporary things. However, the apostle Peter tells us that we are “elect exiles” looking forward to our future hope at Christ’s return. Regardless of our current circumstances, our identity is in Christ. In this message from 1 Peter 1:1–3, David Platt urges us to find our security and our hope in Jesus Christ and his salvation.
State+of+the+Church
access_time1 month ago
While division in the church is always a danger, a number of factors make this especially true in recent days. Too many Christians are quick to slander, criticize, cancel, and separate from other brothers and sisters in Christ. In this message, David Platt draws on two passages—Philippians 1:27 and 1 Kings 19:1–8—in order to help and encourage the church toward greater unity in the gospel. In light of our identity in Christ and the mission he has given us, we dare not divide over lesser matters. By God’s grace and by the power of the Spirit, we must continue to pursue faithfulness to Christ and love for one another.
The+Secret+of+Contentment%2C+Part+1
access_time3 months ago
Everyone is looking for contentment, but it seems to elude most people. We may be happy and feel secure temporarily, but when circumstances change, our contentment vanishes. In Philippians 4:10–13, the apostle Paul shares the “secret” of contentment, and he does it from prison. In this message, David Platt points us to the kind of contentment that doesn’t change with circumstances—the contentment that can only be found in Christ. This is Part 1 of in our search for “The Secret of Contentment.”
Jesus+and+Anxiety
access_time3 months ago
If someone followed you around on a consistent basis, what would their takeaway be? What would your conversations, actions, and priorities communicate to them? In this message from Philippians 4:9, David Platt talks about what it means to live a life worthy of imitation. Like the apostle Paul, we want those we influence to be consistently hearing God’s Word and becoming more like Jesus.
The+Battle+Between+Our+Ears
access_time3 months ago
How do you experience the peace that God wants for his children? How can you be joyful in the midst of trials and uncertainty? How can you be gentle when the world seems chaotic? In this message from Philippians 4:8, we learn that experiencing peace and joy and other godly virtues requires us to engage in a battle, a battle for our minds. David Platt points us to the words of the apostle Paul, who tells us to set our minds on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable. For our faith to persevere and flourish, particularly in the midst of trials, we must intentionally think on these things.
The+King+is+Coming
access_time4 months ago
At his first coming, Jesus came in humility and was largely rejected by the world and even his own people. However, when he returns, Christ’s authority and splendor will be unmistakable and inescapable. In this message from Matthew 21:1–22, David Platt points to various attributes of this Sovereign King who will return as Savior and Judge. It is now our privilege, by God’s grace, to give our entire lives to follow him.
Miraculous+Mercy
access_time4 months ago
The reality that God’s salvation comes solely by his mercy and not by our merit has all kinds of ramifications for followers of Christ. Unlike the world, God does not favor the powerful or the rich. He shows his grace to those who are humble and recognize their need for him. In this message from Matthew 19:16–20:34, David Platt points us to the miraculous mercy of God and the way this mercy should shape the way we live as disciples of Christ. In addition to seeing Christ’s view of worldly wealth and its dangers, we’ll also see his concern for children (including the sensitive and difficult topic of those who die in infancy). 
The+Church%3A+A+Community+of+Other-Worldly+Unity
access_time4 months ago
Sadly, the church often looks like the world when it comes to the things we divide over. Topics like race and politics tend to define us rather than the gospel. Many Christians in our culture  rarely serve alongside those who look different than us and who have different political opinions. In this message from Philippians 4:2–3, David Platt highlights the kind of unity that ought to mark followers of Christ. This unity is based on the gospel, and it should transcend the various divisions that Satan uses to disrupt the church’s fellowship and harm the church’s witness. The church should be a community of other-worldly unity.
Divorce+and+Discipleship
access_time4 months ago
In a culture with a decidedly unbiblical view of marriage and divorce, Jesus’s words in Matthew 19:1–12 may sound extreme. However, since God designed marriage for His glory and for our good, we would be wise to listen to Him. Gratefully, God’s grace in the gospel is sufficient for those who have fallen short when it comes to His design for marriage. In this message, David Platt looks at Jesus’s teaching on marriage and divorce, as well as Christ’s related comments on discipleship and singleness. As followers of Christ, the entirety of our lives––including our approach to marriage and divorce––is to be lived under His lordship. 
The+Church%3A+A+Family+that+Stands+Firm+Together
access_time5 months ago
Amidst the many challenges that we face as believers—temptations to sin, opposition from the world, physical sickness, relational difficulties, etc.—we need to be regularly reminded to stand firm. However, as David Platt points out in this message from Philippians 4:1, our standing firm must be “in the Lord.” We cannot stand in our own strength or rely on our own wisdom. For the sake of our unity, our sanctification, and our faithfulness to Christ’s mission, we must look to God’s Word and rely on His Spirit.
A+New+Chapter
access_time5 months ago
Even with the best of intentions, it’s all too easy for the church to put its trust in earthly leaders—political leaders, business leaders, or even church leaders. However, the church doesn’t belong to any man but to God. He alone is worthy of all our trust and obedience, and it is His design for the church that we must embrace if we are to be faithful to the purposes and to the mission Christ has given to His disciples. In this message from Psalm 146, David Platt casts a vision for “A New Chapter” in the life of McLean Bible Church. Along with acknowledging the Lord alone as its leader, the church is also encouraged to reflect God’s love—love for His people within the church and love for all people out in the world. 
To+Graduates%3A+A+Call+To+Risk+It+All
access_time5 months ago
Today’s graduates will not be the first to be tempted to settle for some version of the American Dream—get a good job and a nice house, make sure life is comfortable for you and your family, and set yourself up for a relaxing retirement. But living for these earthly treasures is not what followers of Christ have been called to. To be a follower of Christ means that we have died to ourselves so that we can live for Him and His purposes in the world. In this message from 1 Kings 19:19–21, David Platt uses the story of Elisha’s call to urge graduates to risk everything to  pursue Christ’s call on their lives. These are young men and women who are so infatuated with following their King that they will gladly go wherever He leads and do whatever He calls them to do. 
Kingdom+Community
access_time5 months ago
It seems as if everyone is talking about the value of community, including non-Christians. However, the world’s idea of community is very different from the kind of community produced by the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this message from Matthew 18, David Platt identifies some important aspects of the kind of community that characterizes the kingdom of God. Entering God’s kingdom is not about being strong or proud but dependent and child-like. And the community of God’s people, the church, is to be a context in which we love, protect, restore, and forgive one another. For brothers and sisters in Christ who fall into sin, God has given us a process of church discipline that aims at their restoration and the good of their soul. Even when members must be removed due to unrepentant sin, God promises to be with us as we act for His glory and for the purity of His church. 
Unity+in+Diversity
access_time5 months ago
If you’re looking to promote unity in the church, you might be tempted to avoid topics like race and justice. Even mentioning them stirs up a range of emotions among God’s people. However, if the church is to pursue the kind of unity that Christ calls us to––a unity that includes diverse ethnicities, perspectives, political views, etc.––then it is essential that God’s people find their ultimate unity in the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this message from Psalm 133, a message that was prompted by the conversation surrounding the tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery, David Platt and Mike Kelsey urge the church to look to the gospel to find unity in diversity. Several pastors and their wives also share their perspectives on recent events in this unique message concerning race, justice, and the gospel.
BONUS%3A+Pastoring+During+a+Pandemic%3A+An+Interview+with+David+Platt
access_time6 months ago
The current pandemic presents a unique challenge for pastors. In addition to determining how best to serve their members in unusual circumstances, they must also decide how the pandemic and its economic fallout will affect the church’s mission. Unfortunately, global missions is one of the first budget items to be cut for many churches. In this interview, Jeff Lewis asks David Platt a number of questions aimed at helping pastors think through how they can keep the church’s mission––making disciples among all nations––a priority during these difficult days. Though we don’t always get to see God’s work among the nations with our eyes, we must trust that He is still fulfilling His redemptive purposes, even among the hardest to reach places on earth. Pastors have an important role to play in terms of keeping these urgent realities before their people.
The+Word+of+God+to+Women
access_time6 months ago
Our culture feeds women all kinds of lies about who they are, what makes them valuable, and how they can find fulfillment. That’s why it’s so critical that women––and men––understand Scripture’s teaching concerning what God says about them. In this message on Mother’s Day, David Platt uses Psalm 113, as well as various other texts, to urge women in various life circumstances––singles, wives, mothers, grandmothers, widows, etc.––to look to God’s Word so that they might embrace God’s good design for them as well as His grace to them in Christ.
Behold+Our+God%21
access_time6 months ago
When we think of becoming more like Christ, we often think of what we need to do. However, we should not forget the transforming effect of beholding. Scripture teaches us that we become like whatever we set our gaze upon. In this message from Matthew 17, David Platt urges us to behold Christ in His glorious perfections so that, by the power of the Spirit, we might be changed more and more into His likeness. The One whom the Law and Prophets looked forward to––Christ, the Son––is the One who radiates the splendor of God. 
BONUS%3A+Urgent+Interview
access_time6 months ago
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A+Global+Perspective+of+COVID-19
access_time6 months ago
During the recent pandemic, it has been good to be reminded of God’s great promises for us. However, even as we find comfort in God’s promises, we should not neglect to look to the needs of those in other nations for whom this pandemic has made an already difficult situation even more deadly. We need a global perspective of COVID-19. In this message from Psalm 117, David Platt highlights God’s desire for all the peoples of the world to praise Him. Since this is God’s desire, it ought to be our desire too. We should want all peoples––particularly those who have no access to the gospel––to hear of God’s salvation in Christ. 
Shepherd+the+Flock+of+God%3A+Eight+Questions+for+Pastors+of+God%E2%80%99s+People
access_time6 months ago
Every Christian has to be on guard against the subtle deceptions of sin, and pastors are no exception. Whether it’s selfish motives or a desire to conform to the world’s pattern of leadership, pastors need to be reminded of the stewardship God has given them and how He has instructed them to carry it out. In this message from 1 Peter 5:1–4 given at Together for the Gospel 2020, David Platt urges pastors to ask eight questions of themselves as they seek to faithfully shepherd the flock of God. Gratefully, Christ, the Great Shepherd, has grace and power enough to sustain His unworthy but dearly-loved under-shepherds. 
You+Will+Live+Forever
access_time7 months ago
Whether it’s a deadly virus, a car accident, or simply our bodies giving out at an old age, the reality is that, unless Jesus returns soon, each of us will have to face the reality of our own death. And that means facing the reality of eternity––either eternal life with God in heaven or facing God’s judgment in hell. So the question each of us must ask is, “Do I know for certain that if I died right now I would go to heaven?” In this message from Mark 5:21–43, David Platt points us to Jesus Christ as our only security in life and in death. This account of Christ raising a young girl to life should cause our fear to give way to faith as we place our trust in the One who died for sinners and then rose again to conquer sin and death on their behalf. 
You+Have+My+Attention
access_time7 months ago
Sometimes it’s easier to affirm God’s goodness at a general level than it is to genuinely trust that He cares for us as individuals. Fear and anxiety often make it harder to believe. In this message from Mark 5:25–34, David Platt points us to Jesus’s very personal concern for a woman who would have been viewed by the world as unworthy of His attention. We’re reminded of Christ’s compassion and mercy toward sinners like us. It’s His saving grace––not our own wisdom or power––that gives us hope and peace in every circumstance.
The+Institution+and+Confession+of+the+Church
access_time7 months ago
There are many voices today urging us to reimagine the church’s purpose and mission, and this makes sense if the church is merely man’s invention. But if the church belongs to Jesus, then He gets to set the agenda and we should want to know what He says. In this message, David Platt considers the institution and confession of the church based on the words of Christ in Matthew 16. The One who bought the church with His own blood has given us the privilege of knowing Him and proclaiming His gospel. And we can be confident, because Christ has told us that not even death would stop Him from building His church.
Peace+in+the+Middle+of+a+Pandemic+%28Part+1%29
access_time8 months ago
Despite our many material comforts, our culture continues to be characterized by anxiety and depression. We worry about every aspect of life: Is my job secure? Am I healthy? Will I get married? Will I have kids? What’s going to happen to the economy? While we do not float above the problems of this life, as followers of Christ, we have no reason to give in to worry and fear. In this message from Matthew 6:25–33, a message given in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, David Platt points us to Christ’s counsel for anxious souls. We can trust in the care of our heavenly Father, who provides not only for our earthly needs but more importantly for our eternal good.
Counter-Cultural+Care+in+the+Church
access_time8 months ago
Is it prideful for the church to call out unrepentant sin? In a culture where individualism and freedom of expression are celebrated, it is certainly unpopular to speak of sin. God’s Word explains that it is dangerous to neglect unrepentant sin in His church. In this sermon from 1 Corinthians 5, David Platt shows us that though the world may not understand, dealing with unrepentant sin in the church is not prideful, but humble. Dealing rightly with unrepentant sin shows humble submission to God.
Viewing+Our+Leaders+and+Ourselves+in+Light+of+the+Gospel
access_time8 months ago
Worldly leadership is often characterized by power, prominence, and privilege, but this kind of self-centered perspective is vastly different from the kind of leadership that should characterize the church. In this message from 1 Corinthians 4, we’ll see how God’s grace in the gospel should shape not only our view of church leadership but also ourselves. Because everything we have is a gift of God’s grace, we can flee pride and the temptation to live for the approval of others. Our commendation comes from God alone.
Parables+of+the+Kingdom
access_time8 months ago
Jesus often taught in parables and He often spoke about the kingdom. So how should we understand these parables, and what does Jesus mean by “the kingdom”? In this message from Matthew 13, David Platt answers those questions as we look at eight different parables about the kingdom. With eternity, judgment, and salvation at stake, every person needs to know how to respond to Christ and live in light of His kingdom. 
How+Wise+are+You%3F
access_time9 months ago
Whether it’s the controversial cultural issues of our day or the basic truths about sin, salvation, and eternity, each of us has a choice to make: Will we trust the wisdom of man or will we trust the wisdom of God? In this message from David Platt on 1 Corinthians 2, the wisdom of men is contrasted with the wisdom that can only imparted by the Spirit of God. Regardless of how things may appear, it is those who rely on Christ crucified who are truly wise.
A+People+Called+by+the+Grace+of+God
access_time9 months ago
Our culture seems to be increasingly divided in terms of religious and political beliefs. Sadly, these divisions are also a reality in the church, even over issues of lesser importance. In this message from 1 Corinthians 1, David Platt points to Christ and His cross as the ground of the church’s unity and the theme of the church’s proclamation. This is the first sermon in a new series in which we will make our way through the book of 1 Corinthians. This letter from Paul to the church at Corinth covers a wide range of important issues, and as we’ll see, the message of the cross, though foolish and offensive to the world, is the very message the world and the church desperately needs to hear.
Zealous+for+One+Thing
access_time9 months ago
As the church seeks to carry out the mission Christ has given, there are so many things that can distract us, and many of these are good things. But there is one thing that we must be zealous about: the glory of God. In this message from Acts 15:36–18:22, David Platt points out how God graciously and powerfully worked in and through His people in the early church and how the church responded with faith, obedience, and with a zeal for His glory. Our response to God’s saving work today should be the same.Sign up for for Secret Church 20 by clicking here. 
Understanding+and+Responding+to+Psalm+23
access_time9 months ago
Psalm 23 is one of the most loved and well-known passages in all of Scripture. However, it’s easy to become so familiar with a passage like this that we no longer stop to consider what God is saying and how we should respond to it. In this message, David Platt helps us think about how to understand and respond to Psalm 23 through various tools: memorization and meditation, application, prayer, and sharing its truth with others. As followers of Christ, we want to hear the voice of our Good Shepherd and respond rightly to Him.
...Among+All+Nations%2C+Beginning+in+Greater+Washington%2C+D.C.
access_time9 months ago
As the church carries out its mission in its own community and among all nations, it’s critical that this mission is carried out in response to God’s Word. In this message from Psalm 13, David Platt helps us think about how to understand and respond to this psalm by memorization and meditation, by application, by prayer, and by sharing its truth with others. The psalmist’s cry for help and trust in the Lord should lead us to cry out to God and to rely on His steadfast love. Sign up for for Secret Church 20 by clicking here. Use code "podcast" for 10% off Secret Church 20
...By+Making+Disciples+and+Multiplying+Churches...
access_time10 months ago
Churches and all followers of Christ are fully dependent on God’s Word in order to carry out God’s purposes. Sadly, however, many Christians either don’t read God’s Word regularly or don’t know how to understand it rightly. In this message from Psalm 8, David Platt gives us a helpful tool for getting the most from our time in God’s Word. In order to be a faithful disciple and in order to make disciples, every follower of Christ is encouraged to meditate on and memorize the Word, apply the Word, pray the Word, and share the Word.Sign up for for Secret Church 20 by clicking here. 
We+Glorify+God...
access_time10 months ago
The end goal of all that we do as churches and as individual followers of Christ is to glorify God, and God has graciously provided us with different means of pursuing this goal. In this message based on Psalm 1, David Platt points us to three primary means of seeking God together––fasting, prayer, and the Word of God. As we pursue God in these ways, He satisfies our souls and transforms us so that we delight to do His will.
Worship+the+King
access_time10 months ago
Jesus has always elicited different responses from people. Some heard his words and saw His works while He was on earth, yet they still rejected Him. For others, Jesus overcame their fears and gave them a glimpse of His true identity. In this message from Matthew 13:53–14:36, David Platt points us to two pictures of belief and two pictures of unbelief when it comes to responding to Jesus. We too must decide how we will respond to Jesus––will we reject this King or will we fall down and worship Him?
Advent%3A+Hope+for+the+Hurting%2C+Part+3
access_time10 months ago
In order to redeem someone, there are certain requirements you must meet. In this message from David Platt, we’ll see how Boaz fulfilled these requirements in Ruth 3–4. We’ll also see how Boaz’s act of kindness pointed to something, or Someone, much greater. The story of Ruth ultimately points us to what God has done for us through Christ our Redeemer. We have been brought from death to life, from despair to hope.
Advent%3A+Hope+for+the+Hurting%2C+Part+2
access_time11 months ago
When we walk through trials and suffering, it’s often difficult to believe that God is working for our good. However, in this message from David Platt from Ruth 2, we’re reminded of God’s steadfast love, a love that seeks the hurting and shelters the vulnerable. As we wait for Him, we can trust Him based on His character and His past faithfulness. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here.
Advent%3A+Hope+for+the+Hurting%2C+Part+1
access_time11 months ago
When tragedy and sorrow strike, we often feel that God is far from us. We feel as if we’ve been abandoned. However, the book of Ruth reminds us that God offers hope to the hopeless. In this message from Ruth 1, David Platt shows us that God takes our tragedies and turns them into unexpected triumph. At the close of one of Scripture’s bleakest chapters, we get a glimpse of God’s mercy and faithfulness. 
The+Story+of+All+Stories
access_time11 months ago
Unfortunately, the book of Revelation is often the source of much division and unhelpful speculation about the future. However, this book was meant to fuel obedience and perseverance in the face of present trials. In this message based on the book of Revelation, David Platt shows us how Revelation brings the story of God’s kingdom to its glorious conclusion. Viewing our own personal stories within God’s larger story of redemption challenges us to live for a kingdom that is heavenly and eternal. This is the final message in a thru-the-Bible journey from this past year.
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