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David Platt was elected International Missions Board president in August 2014. He previously served as pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, followed by master’s degrees of divinity and theology and a doctorate of philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture. David also is the founder of Radical, a ministry devoted to disseminating disciple-making resources so the gospel can be made known to the ends of the earth. *

The following are some of my favorite quotes by David Platt:

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“Somewhere along the way we have subtly and tragically taken the costly command of Christ to go, baptize, and teach all nations and mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come, be baptized, and listen in one location.”

“A materialistic world will not be won to Christ by a materialistic church.”

“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.”                        ― Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“Every saved person this side of heaven owes the gospel to every lost person this side of hell.”

“Instead of imagining all the things we can accomplish, we ask God to do what only he can accomplish. Yes, we work, we plan, we organize, and we create, but we do it all while we fast, while we pray, and while we constantly confess our need for the provision of God.”

“Ultimately, tragedy on earth can only be understood rightly from the perspective of heaven.”

“When we realize we have the responsibility to teach the word, it changes everything about how we hear the Word.”

“You and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed him and really obeyed him.”

“The question therefore is not, “Can we find God’s will?” the question is, “Will we obey God’s will?”

“The sovereignty of God is the only foundation for worship in the midst of tragedy.”


I would love to hear your favorite quote by David Platt, so just leave it in the comment section below!

 

* David Platt’s bio was taking from the IMB website

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I have begun reading a book entitled “Rhythms of Grace” by Mike Cosper. Mike is one of the founding pastors of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he serves as the pastor of worship & arts. He is also the founder of Sojourn Music and contributes regularly to the Gospel Coalition blog.

Mike’s purpose of writing this book is to “show the gospel is all about worship and worship is all about the gospel”.

In the first few chapters, Mike takes us back to the very beginning of time to start this journey. He explains how worship existed between a Triune God even before God spoke and the earth was formed. He takes us into the Garden of Eden and ultimately into the exile of the Garden and into the wilderness.

One of the overall themes that has been prevalent in the first few chapters is the story of worship: God creates, sin corrupts, but Christ redeems.

Mike goes on to talk about the holiness of God and makes the following statement:

God is holy, and Israel was not. They needed to shed blood for sins both great and small so that God could dwell in their midst. Sin demands death, and Israel couldn’t love in community with God without a clear, violent, and ever-present reminder of the cost of their sins.

He goes on to say,

Nothing required God to provide a way for redeeming fallen man. He had every right to simply allow us to suffer the deadly consequences of our actions, but He didn’t. He never abandoned us. He stepped into our world and made a way for us to know Him.

Mike points out in this chapter that in today’s world we have a tainted view of the holiness of God.

The boiling, fiery, deadly presence of God is the natural reaction of holiness in the presence of sin. We misunderstand the wrath of God if we think it’s only emotional rage, like an angry, frustrated parent. It’s not; it’s a rage made of a pure, perfect, and holy hatred of sin and evil. On the flip side, it’s a rage built upon the deepest love of what is good, pure and perfect.

Mike points out that just as we underestimate God’s holiness, we underestimate how deeply sinful we are. He says,

We think of ourselves as good enough, smart enough, and likeable enough to deserve forgiveness from God.

God redeemed us because He loves us – “For God so LOVED the world…”. When we think of how holy God is and the price that was paid for our sins, our response to Him should be nothing short of worship!

Points to Ponder:

  1. Do you realize how much God loves you?
  2. Do you see just how holy God is and just how much we need a Savior?

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through 2013. Before we know it, we will be unwrapping presents, singing Christmas carols and looking forward to ushering in 2014.

Worship_1440Since we are halfway through the year, I thought I would find out what the top 15 worship songs of 2013 (so far) are according to CCLI and see if you and your church are singing any of them.

TOP 15 WORSHIP SONGS:

  1. Our God – Chris Tomlin
  2. How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
  3. Mighty To Save – Reuben Morgan | Ben Fielding
  4. 10,000 Reason (Bless The Lord) – Matt Redman
  5. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin | Louie Giglio
  6. Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
  7. Forever Reign – Reuben Morgan
  8. Everlasting God – Brenton Brown
  9. Here I Am To Worship – Tim Hughes
  10. In Christ Alone – Keith Getty | Stuart Townend
  11. The Stand – Joel Houston
  12. How He Loves – John Mark McMillan
  13. Jesus Messiah – Chris Tomlin | Ed Cash | Jesse Reeves | Daniel Carson
  14. Your Grace Is Enough – Matt Maher
  15. Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) – Brenton Brown | Paul Baloche

Let me know…

Does the church you attend sing any of these songs?

What is your favorite praise & worship song?

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** CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc.) was founded in Portland, Oregon on October 1, 1988. Its purpose was and is to help churches comply with various aspects of Copyright Law. For example, when the lyrics to a song are projected onto a screen the same copyright laws apply as if we were using sheet music or the hymnals that were purchased. A “lyric reprint” license is required by Federal copyright law to compensate the songwriter(s) and publisher(s) for using their product.