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Radical with David Platt
Radical with David Platt is a podcast that highlights sermons weekly from teacher, author, and pastor David Platt.
6 days ago
Unity in Diversity
Some Christians may be surprised to find out that heaven will be made up largely of people who do not look like them or have the same background. In fact, Scripture teaches that Christ is redeeming a people from every nation, tribe, and tongue. That’s why we need a global perspective of worship. However, as David Platt points out in this message from Revelation 7:9–17, there is a unity to this beautiful and God-glorifying diversity. Because the Christian’s fundamental identity is in Christ, we should gladly lock arms with other believers to give praise to the One who has died for us. There should be both unity and diversity in our worship.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 11, 2021
The Cross and Christian Suffering
Being a Christian doesn’t mean an escape from suffering. In fact, we may even experience more suffering as a result of being a disciple of Christ. In this message from 2 Corinthians, we’ll see what a Christian view of suffering should look like. David Platt points us not only to God’s comfort in suffering but also to the fact that our suffering gives us an opportunity to extend comfort to others in their suffering. By God’s grace, even the most difficult trials can be used for his glory.
1 hr 10 min
Jan 5, 2021
From Surviving to Thriving
After a year full of anxiety, heartache, and loss due to the pandemic, many people are just grateful that 2020 is over. However, what if it’s possible for God’s people not simply to survive but to thrive in the days ahead? And if it’s possible, what would that look like? In this message from Genesis 5:22–24 and Matthew 6:5–18, David Platt encourages us to consider the privilege we have of walking with God and drawing near to Him in prayer. Even through difficult days, we have the privilege of an intimate relationship with the God of the universe.
Dec 28, 2020
The Cross and Christian Community
With all the differences within the body of Christ—politics, ethnicity, economic conditions, preferences, opinions, etc.—what is it that unites us? In this message from David Platt, we’ll see that the cross of Christ should unite God’s people. Furthermore, as the apostle Paul makes clear, it’s the cross that humbles us, transforms us, and undergirds who we are and what we do. Though it may seem foolish to the world, the cross is where God’s wisdom and power are put on display.
1 hr 4 min
Dec 22, 2020
Christmas Hope: How Can You Keep on Rejoicing in Suffering?
Have you ever wondered whether your faith would hold up under persecution? Or maybe you’re experiencing suffering right now, and you’re not sure how to press forward in faith. If so, then 1 Peter 4:12–19 has a needed word for you. In this message from David Platt, we’re encouraged not only to expect suffering but also to embrace God’s good purposes for his people through suffering. We can persevere knowing that Christ is worth it and our God will never forsake us.
Dec 16, 2020
Bonus Episode: State of Missions
What is the state of missions in the world today? Various barriers and other factors have led to a Great Imbalance in the way we use our resources and send missionaries. As a result, those with little or no gospel witness often go unnoticed while areas of the world that have been reached continue to receive the vast majority of our support. Why does “The Great Imbalance” still exist and what, if anything can be done about it? Radical's Global Strategy Team discusses these issues in today’s episode, “State of Missions.” Learn more about Urgent: urgentneeds.org Church Leaders Email Us: email@example.com
Dec 15, 2020
Christmas Hope: The Life that Counts
Whether it’s 5, 10, 20, 30, or even 90 years, each of us has only a short time to live in relation to eternity. So how do you make your life count for things that matter? In this message from 1 Peter 3:13–4:11, David Platt points us to the infinite value of Jesus Christ—the suffering Savior, risen Lord, and triumphant King who alone is worthy of our total allegiance. Though suffering may come, God’s people are “blessed” when they suffer for the sake of Christ.
1 hr 3 min
Dec 7, 2020
Christmas Hope Creates Radical Love
You may have heard someone described as being “so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good.” However, this is a far cry from the way the Bible describes the transforming effect of the gospel. In this message from 1 Peter 3:8–12, David Platt points out the ways that God’s people ought to be distinct from the world based on God’s work in and through us. Our eternal hope radically changes the way we love and relate to one another.
Nov 30, 2020
The Cross and Christian Generosity
When it comes to the topic of money, many Christians get uncomfortable. Perhaps they’ve heard too many appeals for money from pastors, or maybe they feel convicted about their own lack of giving. Regardless, this is not a topic that God has been silent about, so we need to know what Scripture says. In this message from 2 Corinthians 8–9, David Platt points us to the basis of Christian giving—God’s grace. How can those who belong to a Savior who was willing to go to the cross not be generous with their money and their lives?
1 hr 2 min
Nov 24, 2020
It’s all too easy for Christians and churches to seek to serve God apart from the power of his Spirit. Yet Scripture teaches us that the Spirit is the One who reveals God’s truth and empowers God’s people. In this message from 1 Corinthians 2:1–16, David Platt reminds us that our only hope of believing, obeying, and proclaiming God’s Word comes through the power of God’s Spirit. That’s why our lives and our churches should be marked by desperate prayer for the Spirit’s help.
Nov 16, 2020
Make the Most of Your Worship
*It seems all too common for us to take God lightly in our worship today. We tend to trivialize his greatness and disregard his holiness. In this message from Malachi 1:6–14, David Platt encourages us to listen and respond to God’s indictment of the worship of his people centuries ago. Those who are in Christ should experience God’s greatness and reflect his holiness, and as we do this we will accomplish the purpose God has for us.*
1 hr 4 min
Nov 11, 2020
A Word from God after Election Day
Following a presidential election, Americans are experiencing a wide array of emotions. As our political leadership changes, it’s important for God’s people to recognize that the One who sovereignly rules over all things is still in control. In this message from Isaiah 6, David Platt points to truths about God that we need to recognize, regardless of the circumstances around us. The God who is absolutely holy and who fills the earth with his glory, deserves our fear, our trust, and our love.
Nov 3, 2020
Fear God, Not Government
While God’s Word tells us to honor our government leaders, it is also clear that God alone is worthy of our fear and reverence. The One who created all things and to whom we must give an account as our just Judge is not to be treated lightly. In this message from Peter 2:13–17, David Platt urges to hear the repeated refrain of Scripture, “Fear God!” For followers of Christ, this fear gives us confidence in the face of every earthly fear that we might have. It is God, not worldly leaders and governments, who is sovereign over our lives.
Oct 27, 2020
Exalting Jesus in an Election
How do you exalt Jesus during a presidential election? Some Christians think this involves promoting a particular political agenda, while others want the church to denounce a certain candidate or party. One consequence of these kinds of approaches is that the church loses its distinctive witness to the gospel of Christ. In this message from 1 Peter 2:13–17, David Platt points us to some foundational biblical foundations for exalting Jesus in an election and beyond. Instead of putting our trust in and given our allegiance to worldly leaders, the church submits to and exalts the One who rules heaven and earth. We are united, even amidst political differences, around the Lord Jesus Christ.
Oct 19, 2020
The Passionate Life
In a culture that seems to be getting increasingly divided and contentious on a number of important issues, it’s easy to forget that the most important battle we face is spiritual. The world wars against our soul, and unless we are resisting its attacks in the power that God supplies, the consequences can be disastrous. In this message from 1 Peter 2:11–12, David Platt urges us to heed Peter’s exhortations about how we are to live as sojourners and exiles in a hostile world. By our good deeds, we bear witness—even to our enemies—that God is worthy of all glory.
Oct 13, 2020
The Ultimate Question
People have all kinds of questions about the truth claims of Christianity, but in the end, there’s a question that all of us must answer: “Did Jesus rise from the dead?” We might call this the ultimate question. While various possible explanations have been offered as to how Christ’s tomb was empty on that early Sunday morning, Scripture’s account of Christ’s resurrection best accounts for the historical evidence. And as David Platt points out in this message from Matthew 28:1–15, if Jesus, in fact, rose from the dead, then this has startling implications for our lives and for all of history. All authority belongs to the One who has conquered sin and death.
Oct 5, 2020
Four Steps to Full Life
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.
Sep 28, 2020
How Do You Hold on to Faith amidst Trials in this World?
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.
Sep 21, 2020
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.
Sep 15, 2020
State of the Church
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.
1 hr 7 min
Sep 8, 2020
The Centerpiece of All History and the Determinant of Our Eternity
At the center of all human history stands the cross of Jesus Christ. It’s here that we see the character of God put on full display, the sinfulness of man at its worst, and a death that shaped all of history. In this message from Matthew 26–27, David Platt urges us to look to the One who gave himself as a substitute for sinners, for not only history but also our eternity depends on our response to Christ’s death in the place of sinners.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 31, 2020
Return of the King, Part 2
The fact that Christ has not returned after 2,000 years makes some people doubt the reality of his second coming, while others simply ignore it altogether. Instead of living with expectancy and seeking to faithfully endure, they become careless and fail to live in light of the judgment that is coming. In this message David Platt exhorts us to heed Christ’s warning in Matthew 25. Though Christ’s return seems to be delayed, he will return suddenly and all hearts will be exposed. Christ’s coming should shape the way we live in the present and the way we look to the future, for nothing short of heaven and hell are at stake. This message is Part 2 of the “Return of the King.”
Aug 24, 2020
Return of the King, Part 1
When it comes to the topic of Christ’s return, many Christians either get confused or they become engrossed in speculation and date setting. Sadly, Christ’s second coming has little effect on the way they live today as his disciples. In this message from David Platt on Matthew 24, we are urged to live in light of the second coming by trusting in Christ now, by persevering in his power, and by expectantly longing for his return. As we wait for that glorious day, the return of the king should compel us to proclaim the good news of his kingdom to the ends of the earth. This message is Part 1 of the “Return of the King.”
Aug 17, 2020
The Danger of Damnation in Sincere Religion
It’s sobering to realize that some of Jesus’s most sobering warnings were aimed at those who were considered to be the most religious. To appear to be living a holy life in the eyes of men is not the same thing as living a truly holy life before God. In this message from Matthew 23, David Platt urges us to heed Jesus’s warnings to the religious leaders of his day. Rather than living lives marked by hypocrisy, pride, and self-centeredness, God wants his people to live lives marked by a supreme love for him and a selfless love for others.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 10, 2020
The Secret of Contentment, Part 2
Whether it’s through financial security, health, entertainment, or recognition and acceptance from others, people are looking for contentment and failing to find it. Even as Christians, we can fall into the trap of looking for contentment in all the wrong places. In this message from Philippians 4:10–13, David Platt points us to the place, or rather Person, where true contentment can be found. Here in Part 2 of our search for “The Secret of Contentment,” we will see why Jesus is all we need in any and every circumstance.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 5, 2020
The Secret of Contentment, Part 1
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.”
Jul 27, 2020
Jesus and Anxiety
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.
Jul 20, 2020
The Battle Between Our Ears
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.
Jul 14, 2020
The King is Coming
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.
Jul 6, 2020
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).
Jun 29, 2020
The Church: A Community of Other-Worldly Unity
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.
Jun 22, 2020
Divorce and Discipleship
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.
Jun 15, 2020
The Church: A Family that Stands Firm Together
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.
Jun 9, 2020
A New Chapter
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.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 3, 2020
To Graduates: A Call To Risk It All
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.
May 25, 2020
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.
1 hr 2 min
May 19, 2020
Unity in Diversity
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.
1 hr 2 min
May 15, 2020
BONUS: Pastoring During a Pandemic: An Interview with David Platt
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.
May 11, 2020
The Word of God to Women
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.
May 4, 2020
Behold Our God!
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.
May 1, 2020
BONUS: Urgent Interview
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Apr 27, 2020
A Global Perspective of COVID-19
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.
Apr 19, 2020
Shepherd the Flock of God: Eight Questions for Pastors of God’s People
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.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 14, 2020
You Will Live Forever
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.
Apr 6, 2020
You Have My Attention
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.
Mar 30, 2020
The Institution and Confession of the Church
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.
Mar 17, 2020
Peace in the Middle of a Pandemic (Part 1)
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.
Mar 9, 2020
Counter-Cultural Care in the Church
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.
Mar 6, 2020
Viewing Our Leaders and Ourselves in Light of the Gospel
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.
Feb 24, 2020
Parables of the Kingdom
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.
Feb 17, 2020
How Wise are You?
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.
Feb 11, 2020
A People Called by the Grace of God
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.
Feb 4, 2020
Zealous for One Thing
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.
1 hr 2 min
Jan 28, 2020
Understanding and Responding to Psalm 23
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.
Jan 21, 2020
...Among All Nations, Beginning in Greater Washington, D.C.
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
Jan 14, 2020
...By Making Disciples and Multiplying Churches...
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.
Jan 7, 2020
We Glorify God...
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.
Dec 31, 2019
Worship the King
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?
Dec 26, 2019
Advent: Hope for the Hurting, Part 3
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.
Dec 17, 2019
Advent: Hope for the Hurting, Part 2
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.
Dec 10, 2019
Advent: Hope for the Hurting, Part 1
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.
Dec 3, 2019
The Story of All Stories
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.
Nov 26, 2019
Caring Better for the Flock
Scripture describes God’s people as sheep in need of a shepherd, and God has given pastors a special responsibility to care for His flock. In light of Satan’s schemes and the many dangers that face God’s people, pastors must rely on and obey God’s Word in order to care well for God’s people. In this message from 1 Peter 5:1–10, David Platt encourages pastors to shepherd God’s people faithfully. For every follower of Christ, our ultimate hope and security and redemption is found in the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Nov 19, 2019
Religion and the Resurrection
There is no more significant historical event in the history of the world than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, Christ’s resurrection not only changed history at a general level––it also changes the life of every individual believer. In this message from Romans 6:4–11, David Platt helps us see the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection for our own salvation. Because we are united to Christ by faith, His death and resurrection results in our own death to sin and new life with God. // Learn more about the Radical Gap Year here. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here.
Nov 11, 2019
God has blessed His people with every spiritual blessing in Christ, including the blessing of being adopted into God’s family. We who were once strangers and enemies of God are now sons and daughters through faith in Christ. In this message from Ephesians 1:3–14, David Platt explains the glorious reality of our adoption in Christ as well as the privilege we have of reflecting God’s love through earthly adoption. By caring for children in need, we can extend the love that we’ve received and bear witness to the One who has met our greatest need by adopting us through His Son. // Learn more about the Radical Gap Year here. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here.
Nov 4, 2019
Sexuality in Our Culture: An Open Door for the Gospel
Our culture insists that true freedom is found when we get to express ourselves and follow our own desires. Scripture’s teaching on sex is seen as restrictive and outdated, and many people are even wanting to determine their own gender. In this message from Colossians 4:2–6 and other selected passages, David Platt points us to Scripture so that we can understand God’s good design for sexuality and gender. The One who created us not only has the authority to set the parameters for us, but also He has the wisdom to know what is best for us. As Christians, this is increasingly becoming a costly conviction. Nevertheless, we must believe and proclaim the truth––that true and lasting satisfaction can only be found in Jesus Christ. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Learn more about the Something Needs to Change here.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 29, 2019
Jesus, Children, and Special Needs
While our culture often places value on people based on their “usefulness” to us, Scripture teaches that we are valuable because each of us is made in God’s image. As Christians, this means that we should view children and those with special needs differently than the world. However, because Scripture also teaches that we are born in sin and stand guilty before God, many Christians are still left wondering, “What happens after death to infants, young children, and those with special needs––do they go to heaven?” In this message from Colossians 1, David Platt points us to the character of God and the truths of Scripture in order to find hope for these difficult questions. We can trust in the One who always does what is good and just. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here.
Oct 21, 2019
What Happens to People Who Never Hear the Gospel?
Many Christians would be grieved to learn that the number of people around the world who have little or no access to the gospel is measured in the billions. However, we will not feel the full weight of such statistics until we recognize the fate of those who never hear about what Christ has accomplished for their salvation. In this message, David Platt shows us from the book of Romans that those who never hear the gospel stand condemned before a just and holy God. This realization makes the church’s mission––making disciples of all nations––all the more urgent, and it should compel us to ask God how He would have us be a part of making the gospel known to those who have never heard. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Learn more about the Something Needs to Change here.
Oct 14, 2019
New Creation, New Calling
Becoming a Christian is so much more than simply adding Jesus to the mix of your life or becoming a better person. To become a Christian is to become a new creation in Christ and to receive a new calling in life. And, as David Platt points out in this sermon from 2 Corinthians 5:17–6:2, this is all based on God’s gracious and powerful work in and through us. As ambassadors for Christ, each of us is challenged to ask the question, “How does God want me to use my life for the spread of His gospel in the world?”
Oct 7, 2019
Meditating on God’s Presence
There is a temptation for Christians to monotonously drift through the pages of Scripture without meditating on the glorious truth of God’s Word and the great reality that He is with us. In this sermon from Joshua 1:1–9, David Platt exhorts us to see that like Joshua, even in the face of uncertainty and despair, we have great reason to be confident and filled with hope, living each day trusting in God’s presence and clinging to His Word. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Learn more about the Something Needs to Change Bible Study here.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 1, 2019
The Secret to the Christian Life...Continued
Some people talk about being a Christian as if it is merely a decision made in the past, a decision that has little effect on the way you live your life on a daily basis. But this is a far cry from Scripture’s teaching about what it means to belong to Jesus. In this sermon from 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24, David Platt explains how Jesus transforms everything about us when He comes to live in us, transforming us from the inside out. And this transformation prepares us to come face-to-face with Jesus on the last day (either at death or when Jesus returns). Because God’s judgment will be final and irreversible, we should make certain now that Jesus is, in fact, our life, so that we might escape eternal judgment and instead enjoy eternal satisfaction with Him. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here.
Sep 23, 2019
The Secret to the Christian Life
Some Christians spend a lot of time and energy searching for new and better ways to please God. Others simply have no idea how to live the Christian life, so they make little or no progress. Sadly, they don’t realize what God has already provided for them in Jesus Christ. In this sermon from Galatians 2:20, David Platt points to the amazing reality that Christ “exchanges” His life for ours. We receive the righteousness we need as well as the desire and the power to please God. Rather than being frustrated and defeated, we can live restful and secure. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Find out more about David's latest book, "Something Needs to Change," here.
Sep 16, 2019
What Will Matter on that Day
God’s Word constantly exhorts the church to see that, here, we have no lasting city, and Christians must seek the city that is to come. We know the clock is ticking on this life, and one day we will all stand before God. In this sermon from Revelation, David Platt turns our attention to one critical question that we all must answer on that day: Did you trust in Jesus as your life?
Sep 10, 2019
The Church: A World-Changing Movement
Many people think of the church simply as a building or a place while failing to see God’s purpose for His people. God is changing the world by using ordinary people to share the greatest news in all the world––the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this sermon from Acts 1–2, David Platt urges us to commit ourselves–by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit–to fulfilling Christ’s commission until He returns. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here.
Sep 3, 2019
The Lord’s Supper: Celebration of the New Covenant
God has given His people a continual reminder of their identification with Christ and with His church, and this reminder has come in the form of a meal––the Lord’s Supper. In this message from 1 Corinthians 11:23–32, David Platt answers some important questions about the Lord’s Supper: Who should participate? Where should we have this meal? When should we have it? How should we understand it? And, at the most foundational level, why should we celebrate the Lord’s Supper? As we’ll see, this meal is an essential component of new covenant worship and a celebratory expression of new covenant community. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Sign up to stream the Something Needs to Change Simulcast by clicking here. // Sign up to attend the Something Needs to Change Simulcast live at McLean Bible Church by clicking here.
1 hr 3 min
Aug 25, 2019
Baptism: More Than Just a Symbol
Although Jesus commands believers to be baptized and Scripture assumes that all believers will have been baptized, many churches place little importance on baptism. It’s no surprise, then, that many Christians are left with questions: Why should I be baptized? What is the meaning of baptism? Who should be baptized? When should I be baptized? These are the kinds of questions David Platt answers in this message from Acts 2:36–41. Every follower of Christ should see not only the necessity of baptism but also the beauty and the privilege of identifying with Christ and his church.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 20, 2019
Jesus and Money
In a culture that is constantly telling us that we need and deserve more earthly comforts, Jesus’ view of money and possessions can come as a shock. He demands radical surrender of all that we are and all that we own. However, as David Platt points out in this message from Mark 10:17–31, Jesus is concerned with our eternal good. Riches and the passing pleasures of this world can be deceiving and dangerous. Based not on guilt but on grace, Jesus invites His followers to store up an eternal, heavenly reward as they leverage their resources for the sake of the gospel.
Aug 12, 2019
Jesus and Marriage
In a culture of self-expression and self-gratification, Scripture’s teaching about marriage and divorce can sound strange. Even many Christians have, without realizing it, failed to see marriage as a lifelong, covenant union between one man and woman, a union that bears witness to the relationship between Christ and His bride, the church. In this message from Matthew 19:1–2, David Platt takes a look at Christ’s teaching on marriage and divorce and the importance of this God-ordained institution. Gratefully, whether you’re single, married, or divorced, God’s grace in Christ is able to restore you, sustain you, and empower you to live for His glory.
Aug 5, 2019
Jesus Changes Everything
Of all the events that have affected the course of history––wars, famines, technological breakthroughs, etc.––none compares to the coming of Jesus Christ. By His life, death, and resurrection, Christ, the Son of God, fulfills God’s plan of redemption and reveals to us the purpose for which we were created. In this message from Matthew 1–2, David Platt helps us see how Jesus changes everything. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Find thousands of other Gospel-centered resources at Radical.net.
Jul 29, 2019
Why We Live and Leap for the Glory of God in the World
God’s people should treasure Him above anyone or anything else since He is supremely glorious and satisfying. However, it’s all too easy for us to say that we treasure God and then deny Him with the way we live and the things we value. In this message from Ethiopia based on Malachi 2:17–3:12, David Platt encourages us to consider what we’re saying about God with the way we use our money. We should use our money, and everything we have, so that His name is glorified in our lives and His gospel is made known around the world.
Jul 21, 2019
Will Your Heart Be Hardened or Humbled by This King?
When it comes to Jesus, no one can remain neutral. We will eventually submit to Him gladly in faith, or else we will become increasingly cold and even hostile to Him. In this sermon on Matthew 12, David Platt points us to the identity of Christ and to the different responses that people had to Him, including the unpardonable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. We are not only warned against rejecting the Spirit’s testimony to Christ, but also we are invited to take Him as our Savior and King. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Find thousands of other Gospel-centered resources at Radical.net.
Jul 15, 2019
The Disciple’s Identity - Part 2: Christ in You
It seems as if everybody has a “key” to the Christian life––some list of things to do, some technique, or some spiritual practice that will improve your life. But what if your identity as a follower of Christ is not ultimately dependent on what you can do? And what if living the Christian life isn’t about merely improving your life? In this message from Colossians 1:24–29, David Platt explains the good news that Christ Himself dwells in His people. If you’re a Christian, your transformation into Christ’s likeness, your eternal hope, and everything in between is secured through this glorious reality––Christ in you. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Find thousands of other Gospel-centered resources at Radical.net.
Jul 8, 2019
The Disciple’s Identity - Part 1: You in Christ
Christianity is different from every other religion in the world. Instead of trying to earn God’s favor, which is what all religions seek to do (in one form or another), Scripture teaches that God has graciously provided for our salvation in Jesus Christ. In this message from Matthew 11:28–30, David Platt encourages believers to find their identity in the One who has died for their sins and provided for their peace with God. This same Jesus now empowers His people to walk in obedience to God.
Jul 1, 2019
What's So Radical about Christianity?
Many people think of God’s salvation as a nice add-on to their lives, perhaps something that will give them comfort or success in their current pursuits. However, this is a far cry from how Scripture speaks of God’s saving work. In this message from Ezekiel 36–37, David Platt highlights God’s transforming work in the lives of His people. By His grace and by the life-giving power of His Spirit, God saves us and gives us a radically different purpose for our lives, all for His glory. // Watch the full sermon, download the free discussion questions, and more by clicking here. // Find thousands of other Gospel-centered resources at Radical.net.
Jun 24, 2019
The Plan of God in the Suffering We Experience
God promises to give His people “a future and a hope” in Jeremiah 29:11, and many Christians assume that this rules out the possibility of suffering in their lives. However, we need to consider this promise in its wider, biblical context. In this message from Jeremiah 29:11–13, David Platt helps us think through God’s promise to Jeremiah in the context of God’s overarching plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of pain and suffering, God’s people can be confident that He will sustain them and that His saving promises will be fulfilled. Those who are in Christ truly have a future and an eternal hope.
Jun 18, 2019
Revelation: The Urgency of Eternity
So what is it that compels a person to give up his or her comforts for the sake of getting the gospel to unreached people groups around the world? Based on the book of Revelation, David Platt urges us to consider the glory of Christ as our motivation for reaching the unreached. This message from the CROSS conference in 2019 identifies forty-eight characteristics of Jesus that should elicit our praise, our awe, and our sacrifice for the sake of His name. Pursuing Christ’s glory, particularly in light of the urgency of eternity, should be the all-consuming passion of our lives.
Jun 10, 2019
On Unity in the Church
One of the reasons Jesus died was for the unity of His church. However, from the church’s earliest days, there have been disagreements among God’s people. These disagreements can become especially difficult when both sides feel as if they are obeying what the Bible teaches on a particular issue. How, then, can Christians remain united in the midst of a multitude of opinions, preferences, and deeply-held convictions? In this message, David Platt points us to Christ’s prayer for unity in John 17:20–23 as well as Paul’s exhortations in Romans 14:1–15:7 concerning how God’s people should relate to one another in light of their disagreements. Our unity in Jesus, or lack thereof, profoundly affects our witness to the world.
1 hr 8 min
Jun 3, 2019
The Future of McLean Bible Church
It’s easy for churches to be involved in a lot of good things while giving too little attention to God’s design for the church. Other priorities and activities tend to crowd out caring for fellow members, growing in Christlikeness, and obeying Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. Drawing from Proverbs 16:1–9 and 1 Kings 18, David Platt addresses the future of McLean Bible Church in light of Scripture’s priorities for the church. For the sake of Christ’s glory and the spread of His gospel, every church should ask itself, “How can we most faithfully and effectively accomplish our mission?”
May 30, 2019
The Secret to Living the High Life
The world tries to sell us a version of the good life, but, not surprisingly, God’s Word gives us an entirely different picture of what life should like. In the Old Testament, the high point in the life of God’s people occurs at the beginning of Solomon’s reign and the dedication of the temple. In this message from 1 Kings 2–8, David Platt points to the highlights of this period in Israel’s history and then considers the implications for the lives of God’s people today. The secret to living the “high life” involves God’s Word, God’s wisdom, and God’s worship.
May 21, 2019
Hope and the Himalayas: Why We Must Go to the Ends of the Earth
While local ministry and mission are absolutely necessary for the church, global mission is often tragically neglected. Over two billion people in the world still do not have access to the gospel. In this message from Psalm 19, David Platt presses home the urgency of the church’s mission in view of the massive spiritual and physical needs in the world. This global mission involves every follower of Christ.
May 13, 2019
Womanhood and the Wisdom of God
According to our culture, a woman’s identity is tied to such things as her outward appearance and her own inner strength. Scripture, on the other hand, casts a completely different vision of womanhood. Women have intrinsic value based on God’s good design, and they can be a blessing to others based on God’s grace in them. In this Mother’s Day sermon from Proverbs 31:10–31, David Platt identifies characteristics of a Christlike woman. How we view these characteristics has implications not only for married women but also for husbands, singles, and the entire church.
May 7, 2019
Paralysis and Forgiveness
During his earthly ministry, Jesus demonstrated His power in a variety of ways, including healing the sick, curing the demon-possessed, and raising the dead. However, we will miss the greater significance of the authority of Jesus if we only focus on the physical needs that He met. In this message from Mark 2:1–12, David Platt looks at Christ’s forgiveness and healing of a paralytic. Like Jesus, we should reach out compassionately reach out to meet urgent physical needs in the world. But this cannot be our primary or ultimate goal. As followers of Christ, we must be faithful to proclaim the gospel of the One who can meet the greatest need of every sinner––the forgiveness of sins.
Apr 29, 2019
You, Goliath, and God
Although most Christians are familiar with the story of David and Goliath, many simply view it as a call to have more courage. They do not view this story in light of the bigger picture of God’s unfolding plan of redemption. In this sermon on 1 Samuel 17, David Platt helps us see this well-known story at the level of individual, national, and redemptive history. The God who brought victory for Israel through a young shepherd-turned-king from Bethlehem has accomplished the work of redemption through the death and resurrection of another shepherd from Bethlehem––King Jesus.
Apr 22, 2019
Much to the surprise of Jesus’ disciples, He told them that He was going to be killed and then rise again. And as if that weren’t enough, Jesus also told them that they too would have to take up their cross if they wanted to follow Him. In this Easter sermon from Mark 8:31–38, David Platt holds out the invitation of Jesus to come and follow Him. While being a Christian is costly, the reward is far greater than any earthly possessions or praise that we might desire in this life. Eternal life and joy is found in the One who gave His life for us.
Apr 16, 2019
The Danger of Hidden Sin
It’s easy for us to assume that our sin is not that big of a deal if others don’t know about it or seem to be affected by it. We can go on with life as usual without considering the that God Himself knows everything about us––our motives, our thoughts, our words, and our actions. In this sermon from Joshua 7, David Platt urges us to consider the seriousness of our sin, even the sin that we think is hidden. If we want a deeper and fuller sense of God’s presence and blessing in our lives, then we should acknowledge our sins––even our hidden ones––and look to the One who can graciously forgive and restore us.
Apr 8, 2019
Created to Work and Rest for the Glory of God
Our entire lives are, in a sense, spent either working or resting. Sadly, though, we don’t often think of our working or our resting in light of God and His Word. We either overvalue our work or undervalue it; the same is true with our rest. In this sermon from Exodus 31, David Platt urges us to consider our work and our rest in light of God’s own character and actions. The God who finished His work of creation and then rested has made it possible for His people to work unto Him and to find rest in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Apr 1, 2019
Triumph Through Temptation
Sometimes the pull of sin can feel so strong that we feel completely overwhelmed. We are weak, and Satan’s lies are deceptive and enticing. Gratefully, God has not left us to face sin and temptation on our own. In this sermon from Matthew 4:1–11, David Platt points us to the One who has overcome temptation on our behalf. Christ, our King, has defeated Satan and given us the victory over sin, death, and hell.
Mar 25, 2019
The Mystery of Prayer and Our Purpose in the World
Some Christians struggle with the motivation to pray because they don’t understand how their prayers fit with the purposes of a sovereign God. In this sermon from Exodus 32–34, David Platt helps us think through the mystery of prayer, as he points us to the character and purposes of God. We’ll see how God uses our prayers for the good of others, for the good of His people, and, ultimately, for His glory in the world.
Mar 19, 2019
How and Why Does God Save Us?
As Christians, we can get so accustomed to talking about God’s salvation that we don’t stop to consider some foundational questions, questions such as How does God save us in light of our sin? And why does God save us? In this message, David Platt helps us see how the book of Exodus answers these all-important questions. As God’s salvation of Israel demonstrates, He saves us by His grace––for His glory and for our good.
Mar 11, 2019
God of the Impossible
In the midst of sin and suffering, God hears the cries of His people and He rescues them. This same God also sends His people out for purposes that are, humanly speaking, impossible. In this message from Exodus 2:23–3:22, David Platt shows us that, despite our weaknesses, God empowers us by His Spirit to accomplish His purposes in the world.
Mar 4, 2019
Our Suffering and God’s Sovereignty: The Life of Joseph
Although we often feel as if we’re without hope in our suffering, Scripture reminds us of God’s character and His promises. We can trust His sovereign care, His goodness, and His wisdom, even in the darkest seasons of life. In this sermon from Genesis 37–50, David Platt uses the life of Joseph to show us that God is not only with us in our sin and suffering but also that He uses it for our good and His glory.
Feb 26, 2019
All of us have blind spots in our lives, that is, areas of sin that we don’t notice or that we tend to downplay. But these small and seemingly harmless blind spots can have disastrous results in terms of our relationship with God and with others. In this sermon from Genesis 28–35, David Platt shows us how these truths play out in the life of Jacob. Gratefully, God in His grace is able to open our eyes to our blind spots, forgive us of our sins, and enable us to walk in new obedience, and all this is based on what Christ has done for us.
Feb 18, 2019
Jesus Loves the Little Children: The Sanctity of Human Life and the Great Commission
We rightly associate the Great Commission in Matthew 28 with making disciples, but what does making disciples have to do with caring for the unborn as well as others who are vulnerable or oppressed? In this message given at Evangelicals for Life, David Platt helps us see how the church’s makeup and mission make it specially designed to care for all who are made in God’s image. The God who gives us new life in Christ compels us to love our neighbors in every stage of life.
Feb 11, 2019
Our Suffering and God's Sovereignty: The Life of Job
Many people try to ignore suffering or pretend that they won’t ever have to face it. But as sinners living in a world ravaged by sin, it’s inevitable that, sooner or later, we will all face suffering. The question is, “Where will we turn when it comes?” Based on the book of Job, David Platt urges us to respond to suffering by meditating on God’s sovereignty. When we realize Who is in control of our suffering, what He is like, and what His purposes are, we can endure faithfully, giving God glory even in our pain.
1 hr 1 min
Feb 4, 2019
The Story of Scripture and the Questions of Life
Who is God? What’s wrong with the world? What hope do we have? These are the kinds of questions that every human being must face, and, thankfully, God has not left us wondering about the answers. In this sermon from Genesis 1–11, David Platt shows us how God’s Word answers life’s foundational questions in the Bible’s opening chapters. We’ll also be urged to think through how these truths should affect our lives as we memorize and meditate on, apply, pray, and share them.
Jan 29, 2019
MAPS: A Guide for Intimacy with God through the Word
As important as it is to read the Bible, it’s also crucial that we read it the right way. We don’t want to come asking the wrong questions and, in turn, walk away with a distorted message that we assume is from God. In this sermon on Psalm 19, David Platt identifies dangerous and dependable approaches to Scripture. Given the power, truthfulness, and value of God’s Word, we should long to hear and respond to it rightly.
Jan 21, 2019
Praying Together for Justice
As those who belong to a sovereign God who is perfectly just and merciful, we too should seek to extend justice and mercy to others. In this sermon from Psalm 82, David Platt urges us to pray in light of the injustice around us and to make certain that we address the world’s greatest need––its spiritual need––by sharing the gospel. The realities of abortion, racism, and the persecution of Christians around the world should drive us to plead for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Jan 14, 2019
The Life of Christ
In order understand what following Jesus is all about, we must understand who He is and what He has accomplished for our salvation. The One through all things were made took on flesh in order to reconcile us to God. He is fully man and fully God. In this sermon from Hebrews 1:1–4, David Platt expounds on the glorious person and work of Christ.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 7, 2019
PRAY and FAST
If we’re honest, many of us find it difficult to pray and fast. Whether it’s our sense of self-sufficiency, the distractions of social media, busyness, or simply not knowing what the Bible teaches about prayer and fasting, we often struggle with these spiritual disciplines. In this sermon from Matthew 6:5–18, David Platt addresses the why and the how of prayer and fasting. This passage from Christ’s Sermon on the Mount reminds us to acknowledge our needs and to look forward to our ultimate reward––God Himself.
Dec 31, 2018
Unveiling His Glory
It’s all too common for Christians and for churches to seek to know God and to make Him known apart from relying on His Spirit. However, relying external regulations and human abilities is empty and, ultimately, damning. In this sermon from 2 Corinthians 3:7–18, David Platt reminds us that God’s people should be desperate for the Spirit’s presence and power. Gratefully, in His grace, God freely gives His Spirit to those who put their trust in Jesus.
Dec 24, 2018
Light in Darkness
It’s one thing to acknowledge that Christmas is about a child being born in Bethlehem, but it’s quite another to ask questions like, “Who was this child?” and “What is He like?” In this Advent sermon, David Platt identifies twenty biblical characteristics of Jesus based on the majestic picture we see in Revelation 1:9–20. The child born in Bethlehem is fully human, but He is also fully divine and the Sovereign Lord of all.
Dec 17, 2018
Grace for the Giver
Many Christians get nervous about the topic of giving. Some feel convicted about their materialism or lack of generosity, while others simply fear that they will be be guilted into giving more money. However, in this Advent sermon from 2 Corinthians 8–9, David Platt reminds us that our giving should be motivated by God’s grace. God’s gift of His own Son frees us to give for the glory of God and the good of others.
Dec 10, 2018
Servant of Sinners
It’s not enough to know that Jesus came; we also need to know why He came. It’s when we ask that question “why” that we hear the greatest news in all the world––Christ came to serve sinners. That’s the amazing truth in Mark 10:45, the text David Platt looks at in this Advent sermon. The One through whom all things were created took on flesh to serve and to save sinners like us.
Dec 4, 2018
Hope for the Hurting
We will never understand why Christ’s coming is such good news until we see the seriousness of sin. On this first Sunday of Advent, David Platt looks at Genesis 3 to help us understand sin and its effects. Despite the hurt caused by sin, Christ’s victory over sin and death provide us with eternal hope.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 26, 2018
Our Curse, His Cross
Apart from God’s grace, the Bible’s description of our spiritual condition is sobering. We live under the curse of God’s law, separated from Him and without hope. However, according to Galatians 3:13, Christ has taken on our curse at the cross and provided full redemption for those who trust in Him. In this message David Platt points to the heart of the gospel––Christ’s death for sinners.
Nov 19, 2018
Rethinking Our Lives
It’s one thing to know that you’re saved, but have you stopped to consider how and why God saved you? In this message from the Rethink Church + Rethink Mission conference, David Platt urges us to consider these questions based on Ezekiel 36:22–32. When we realize that our salvation is solely by God’s grace and aimed at God’s glory, it should cause us to rethink our role in the the mission of God.
Nov 12, 2018
The Father's Love and the Fatherless
In a world of approximately 153 million orphans and vulnerable children, the church is uniquely called and equipped to care for these. Having received the love of God and having been adopted by grace into His family, we are now to reflect that love to others––particularly to those who are weak and vulnerable. Based on 1 John 3:1, David Platt encourages us to consider how God might be leading us to care for orphans, whether through adoption or through a variety of other ways.
Nov 5, 2018
In Order to Live, You Have to Die
While the world has many ideas about what it means to truly live, Jesus offers us a path to life that seems counterintuitive––in order to live, you have to die. This truth from John 12:24–26 applies not only to the eternal life that comes to us through Christ’s death, but also to our own death—death to self, death to the world, and even death for the sake of the gospel. Drawing on a recent trip to South Korea, David Platt shares about how this truth was demonstrated in the twentieth century among Korean Christians, and he challenges us to consider how this truth should shape our lives as well.
Oct 29, 2018
A Love Relationship with God
Scripture teaches us that supernatural love exists eternally in God. Therefore, if we claim to know God, then it only makes sense that our lives would be characterized by love. In this sermon from 1 John 4:7–5:5, David Platt points out the centrality of God’s love for the Christian life, particularly as that love has been demonstrated in the death of Christ. Now, for those who possess God’s Spirit, God’s love for us should cause us to respond in love for Him and for others.
Oct 22, 2018
Waging Spiritual War
Whether we realize it or not, we are all involved in a spiritual war. Thankfully, God has not left us to our own strategies or abilities. In this sermon from 1 John 4:1–6, David Platt exhorts us to trust in the truths of who Christ is and what He has accomplished for our salvation as we engage in spiritual battle. By the power of God, our victory is assured.
Oct 15, 2018
Captivated and Compelled by Love
If we claim to love God, then our lives should reflect a love for His children, that is, our brothers and sisters in Christ. The good news is that God enables this love for others by His Spirit, and Christ has given us the ultimate demonstration of love by laying down His life for us. In this sermon from 1 John 3:11–24, David Platt urges us to reflect on God’s love and then demonstrate this love in the way we serve others. This kind of selfless love is a mark of every true child of God.
Oct 9, 2018
I Am a Child of God
The incredible promise of Scripture is that by God’s grace, those who have trusted in Christ are declared to be His children and will one day be united fully with Him. In this sermon from 1 John 2:28–3:10, David Platt exhorts us to see the beauty of God’s love for us and how He has equipped us to live not for this world but for the world to come, when we will see Him as He is.
Oct 1, 2018
The Hope of Life After Death
What will happen to me after I die? That’s a question that confronts everyone, regardless of their background or religious affiliation. Thankfully, the Bible is not silent on this eternally important question. In this sermon based on Revelation 21, David Platt explains the Bible’s teaching on what happens to us after we die. For the unbeliever, the sobering prospect of God’s righteous judgment awaits. But for the believer, there is an eternal hope that fuels our perseverance in the faith. Those who are in Christ will dwell with God forever.
Sep 24, 2018
True Assurance of Eternal Life
Many people claim to love God even though their lives demonstrate a love for the world. However, as 1 John 2:3–17 reminds us, these two loves cannot coexist. In this sermon, David Platt encourages us to examine our lives to see whether we genuinely belong to God. None of us will reach sinless perfection in this life, but a love for God will be evident in our desires and in our obedience.
Sep 17, 2018
Why Jesus Died and How We Live
It can be difficult for anyone to admit that they’ve sinned. Even as Christians, we have a tendency to want to deny or make excuses for things we do wrong. Our sin may even lead to doubt whether we have eternal life. In this sermon from 1 John 1:5–2:6, David Platt reminds us that, instead of hiding or denying our sin before a holy God, Scripture invites us to confess it and to find the forgiveness that comes through the death of Christ. Walking in the light involves regularly receiving God’s grace and walking humbly in obedience to His commands.
Sep 11, 2018
Eternal Life and Everlasting Love
There are a lot of areas in life where it’s ok to lack certainty. However, when it comes to our relationship with God and our eternal destiny, we should want to know for certain where we stand. Thankfully, God wants His people to have this same assurance––the assurance that we have eternal life in Jesus Christ. In this sermon from 1 John 1:1–4, David Platt encourages us to believe and experience the love of God as it is revealed in Jesus Chris
Sep 3, 2018
The Story of Redemption
We often don’t understand the full significance of a story until we get to the end. That’s certainly true in the book of Ruth, as Ruth’s redemption is put in the larger framework of God’s redemptive purposes. In this message from Ruth 4, David Platt shows us how Ruth’s redemption looks forward to King David and the Redeemer who would come from David’s line. We’re reminded that, even in the most difficult times, God will accomplish His saving purposes.
1 hr 4 min
Aug 27, 2018
The Risk of Love
Our culture has a distorted picture of what it means to love someone. The focus is on my desires, needs, and happiness. Gratefully, this kind of love is nothing like the love of the Lord for His people. In this message from Ruth 3, David Platt highlights the indescribable love of God. This is a self-giving love that protects and provides for those in need, much like Boaz showed toward Ruth. Ultimately, though, God’s love was manifested fully and perfectly in the death of Christ, who gave His life in order to shelter us from the judgment we deserve.
Aug 20, 2018
The Ministry of Mercy
While the world often ignores or mistreats those who are weak and vulnerable, the Lord takes a different posture toward those in need. In this message from Ruth 2, David Platt points us to the God of Israel’s abundant mercy toward a needy Moabite woman named Ruth. Like Ruth, we too need God’s mercy. And, for those who have received that mercy in Jesus Christ, we should be extending mercy to the most vulnerable in our own communities and around the world.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 13, 2018
The Mystery of Mercy
One of the most difficult aspects of suffering is the feeling that God is far from us. We assume that loneliness, cancer, the death of a loved one, and other forms of suffering are evidence of God’s indifference or anger. However, the book of Ruth reminds us of God’s faithful love in the midst of suffering. In this message from Ruth 1, David Platt encourages us to trust in the God who sovereignly works all things for the good of His people.
Aug 6, 2018
Why the Great Commission is Great
There is no better news than the message of God’s grace in the gospel. Followers of Christ rightly celebrate this as our greatest joy and our life. However, it’s all too easy to ignore one of the ways we should respond to this good news––by making it known to all the peoples of the world. In this message from 2 Corinthians 4:13–18 at The Gospel Coalition 2013 Missions Conference, David Platt urges churches and followers of Christ to make the gospel known, even in the midst of difficulties and suffering. While earthly trials are temporary, God promises His people eternal joy.
Jul 30, 2018
Whether due to cultural opposition, sins and weaknesses within the body of Christ, or the routine, daily struggles that come with following Christ, it’s easy to forget the amazing privilege God has given to the church. No other institution or organization can claim to have Christ as its head. In this message from Ephesians 1:22–23, David Platt highlights the significance of the church’s relationship to Christ and its role in proclaiming His salvation. As we commit to Christ and to one another in the context of the local church, we put the glory of Christ on display.
Jul 23, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Mission
There are many ways churches can serve their own members and their communities, but we cannot forget the global scope of Christ’s mission. As David Platt explains from Romans 15–16, the church should be about spreading God’s praise among all the peoples. Whether by praying, giving, or going, every member should play a role in getting the gospel to those who have never heard. It is the church’s privilege and responsibility to proclaim the good news to our neighbors and to the hardest-to-reach people groups on the planet.
Jul 16, 2018
Relenting Wrath: The Role of Desperate Prayer in the Mystery of Divine Providence
If God has all power and knowledge, even over the future, then do our prayers really matter? And if they do, then what difference should that make in our lives and in our churches? In this message from Exodus 32–33 at Together for the Gospel 2014, David Platt urges believers to depend fully on the God who is sovereign over all things. God uses the prayers of His people to accomplish His purposes in the world.
1 hr 1 min
Jul 9, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Worship
Many Christians recognize that the church’s weekly gathering is important, but they seem to give little thought as to why. Why should we gather regularly for corporate worship, and what should our priorities be when we gather? In this sermon from John 4:1–26, David Platt identifies the kind of worship that pleases God. We gather as God’s people, not to be entertained or to listen to the thoughts of men, but rather to worship God in spirit and in truth.
Jul 2, 2018
Faith and Freedom
Without realizing it, many followers of Christ have had their views of government shaped by political debates, the media, and popular culture. They give little thought to Scripture’s teaching on this important topic. In this sermon from 1 Peter 2:13–17, David Platt helps us think through a biblical view of government as well as the Christian’s responsibility to governing authorities. While we should pray for and submit to earthly rulers, our ultimate allegiance is to a heavenly King.
Jun 25, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Leadership
In order for a business, an organization, or a government to be effective, good leadership is essential. It’s no surprise, then, that bookstores are filled with advice on how to identify an effective leader. But what about the church––how do we know who is qualified to lead God’s people? In this message from 1 Timothy 3, David Platt points out the biblical qualifications for elders and deacons. In order to faithfully carry out its mission, the church should look to Scripture to find out what faithful leadership looks like.
Jun 18, 2018
The Bible in the Church (Part 2)
If we only listen to the competing voices in our culture, then we’re likely to ignore the most important realities in life––eternal realities. Where else will we hear about God, salvation, heaven, hell, and judgment, unless we are confronted with God’s Word on a weekly basis? In this sermon from Acts 20:25–38, David Platt urges pastors and all Christians to consider why God’s Word must be supreme in the church. Instead of focusing on the ideas of man, we desperately need to hear from the God who speaks to us in Scripture.
Jun 11, 2018
The Bible in the Church (Part 1)
Thankfully, when it comes to God’s design for the church and its mission, we’re not left to our own wisdom and creativity. God has graciously given us His Word, a perfect revelation of who He is and what He desires for His people. In this sermon from Acts 20:1–24, David Platt urges us to submit our lives and our churches to the authority of Scripture. God intends for His people to teach it, discuss it, obey it, visualize it, and then spread it to the ends of the earth.
Jun 4, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Accountability and Discipline
We don’t normally think of words like accountability and discipline in a positive light, but in Scripture God gives us these things for our good. God’s people are called to care for one another in the context of the church, both in terms of teaching and encouraging one another and, if necessary, calling one another to repent of sin. In this sermon David Platt points us to accountability and discipline as marks of a biblical church. Beginning with Galatians 6:1 and then moving to other parts of the New Testament, we’ll see why churches that seek to glorify God and be faithful to the Great Commission should be marked by a concern for the spiritual welfare of every member.
May 28, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Fellowship
What counts as Christian fellowship? A group Bible study? What about praying with someone? Is it considered fellowship if we’re simply eating with or spending time with other believers? These are important questions. As David Platt explains in this sermon, Scripture makes fellowship among God’s people a top priority. Based on Romans 12, we’ll see how God’s mercy in the gospel grounds the fellowship that should exist in the church. As a family of faith, the church should partner together for the glory of God and for the good of one another.
May 21, 2018
Martyrdom and Mission: Why Reformers Died In Their Day, How We Must Live In Ours
Some truths are so important that they’re worth giving our lives for. The gospel certainly fits in this category, which is why the Reformers were willing to die to make sure that the good news of Christ was proclaimed faithfully according to God’s Word. In this message from Together for the Gospel 2016, David Platt urges us to learn from the example of the Reformers. Their deaths several centuries ago should give us an eternal perspective on how we live our lives today.
May 14, 2018
What is God’s design for women? Our culture offers a very distorted answer to that question, bombarding us with messages and images that miss God’s good design. Women are promised liberation, all the while being physically abused, sexually objectified, and even encouraged to ignore or change their God-given gender. And the problem isn’t just out there in the world—the church often misses God’s good design as well. The roles of wives and mothers are often devalued, as is the important role of single women in the church’s life and mission. In this message, David Platt addresses these distortions by providing an overview of biblical womanhood that begins with Genesis 1 and then draws from various passages of Scripture. Only as we listen to God’s Word and find our identity in His gospel will we see the goodness and the fruit of God’s design for women.
May 7, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Ordinances
Many churches rarely teach on the new covenant ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The biggest concern is how to fit them in without disrupting the weekly service. It’s little wonder, then, that baptism is viewed as optional by many Christians while the Lord’s Supper is either misunderstood or ignored. In this sermon David Platt explains the meaning of these two ordinances and answers the following questions: Why should I be baptized? How should I be baptized? Who should be baptized? When should I be baptized? Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper? Where should we have the Lord’s Supper? When should we have the Lord’s Supper? According to Scripture, baptizing believers and regularly taking the Lord’s Supper are crucial aspects of what it means to be a New Testament church.
Apr 30, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Membership
Sadly, it’s not uncommon today for those who claim to be followers of Christ to show half-hearted commitment to Christ’s bride, the church. Like consumers, many Christians shop around for the best church “experience.” Others merely attend for an hour each week without any desire to meet needs among God’s people or to be a part of the church’s mission. There are even those who attempt to follow Christ apart from regularly gathering with God’s people. But as David Platt points out in this sermon from 1 Corinthians 12:12–27, God has not designed us to be spiritual lone rangers. We are fellow members of Christ’s body. For the sake of our own souls and for the sake of Christ’s mission, every follower of Christ should be committed to a local church.
Apr 23, 2018
What Happens to People Who Never Hear about Jesus?
It’s one thing for someone to hear the gospel and reject it, but what about those who have never even heard of Jesus? Are they okay, spiritually speaking, as long as they live a good life and follow the light they’ve been given? What is their standing before God? In this sermon, David Platt addresses these eternally important questions based on Romans 15. Given the staggering number of people in the world with little or no access to the gospel, this issue is not merely theoretical. Getting the gospel to the unreached is urgent.
Apr 17, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Giving
Although we don’t always feel wealthy, evangelicals in America and in many parts of the West are some of the wealthiest people in world history. We have everything we need––food, clothes, houses, cars, jobs, education, savings accounts, vacations––and more. Yet, for many churches, God’s generosity toward us has not resulted in our generosity toward others. We have been content to stockpile God’s resources rather than use them for the spread of the gospel. In this message, David Platt highlights giving as one of twelve biblical traits of the church. Rather than listening to the culture, we should be listening to Scripture to see how God would have us use the resources He has entrusted to us.
Apr 10, 2018
The Idolatry of Comfort and the Glory of Christ
We are taught from a young age to “be safe” in whatever we do. This isn’t bad advice for the everyday tasks God has given us to do, but when it comes to following Jesus, we can wrongly assume that God would never call us to something costly or dangerous. Our time, effort, and resources are spent on maximizing our comfort. However, Jesus said that following Him would mean forsaking everything. And while we aren’t to seek out suffering, we know that proclaiming the gospel in many areas of the world requires taking risks. In this sermon from Philippians 1:12–30, David Platt reminds us not to let comfort become an idol, but instead to pursue faithfulness to Christ, even if it costs us our lives. Being with Christ is infinitely better than any temporary security this world offers.
Apr 2, 2018
Stories of Hope
We live in a day where people are made uncomfortable by any claim of truth. Jesus taught that He Himself was “The Truth” and the only way to God. As He breathed His last on the cross, it seemed like He would be written off as a fraud. Easter Sunday serves as a reminder that God cashes in on all of His promises. In this sermon, David Platt encourages us from John 20 with testimonies to the resurrection. Through Christ being raised from the dead, our eyes have been opened to the truth and we now live in the hope of the resurrection, trusting that we will one day be with Him forever.
Mar 30, 2018
Why is Good Friday Good?
Our culture questions the very idea of truth. The fact that anyone would claim to know something, particularly as it relates to eternity, can sound arrogant. Yet in John 14:6 Jesus claims to be the “the way, and the truth and the life.” But what if we are accountable to God? And what if Jesus is who He says He is? If He actually died on the cross and rose from the dead, then His claim to be the way to God is not arrogant but the best news in the world. In this Good Friday message, David Platt urges us to consider and respond to the claims of Jesus Christ.
Mar 26, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Prayer
Our culture constantly tells us to look to our own abilities to find strength and success. Tragically, many churches in our day have taken that advice. In this sermon, David Platt shows us why this self-reliant attitude is contrary to what we see throughout the book of Acts as the gospel spreads across geographic and cultural borders. If the church is to carry out God’s mission, then it must rely on God’s power. Making disciples of all nations requires desperate prayer.
Mar 25, 2018
Holy Week: An 8-Day Journey
Holy Week is the time when Christians around the world remember the days leading to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Beginning on Palm Sunday, we’re going to dive into God’s Word each day to put ourselves in the shoes of those who walked with Jesus on the road to the cross. We'll see how these days affected their lives, even as we reflect on how they affect ours. Subscribe to Pray the Word: www.radical.net/praytheword
Mar 18, 2018
Christ’s Prayer and the Church’s Mission
In John 17, we find what people have often called the “High Priestly Prayer” as Jesus prayed to the Father before His betrayal and crucifixion. What does this prayer have to do with us? In this sermon, David Platt gives three exhortations from John 17 concerning how we can leverage our lives in obedience to the Great Commission.
Mar 12, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Discipleship
Discipleship is a common word used among Christians today, but it often is used without clarity. Why must the church be committed to helping Christians live every day in light of the final day? In this sermon, David Platt looks to God’s Word in order to explain what biblical discipleship is and how it is vital for the church.
Mar 5, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Evangelism
What makes a church a church? After all, many religious groups meet regularly to talk about their common values and their common mission. Is there something unique about the gathering of Christ’s followers? In this sermon on Matthew 16:13–28, David Platt looks at the importance of biblical evangelism. We’ll see how the church’s identity is tied to believing and proclaiming the gospel.
Feb 26, 2018
12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Preaching and Teaching
Different pastors and church leaders in our day continue to offer their opinions on what the church should be about. As a result, churches are often left wondering whose preferences to follow and whose authority to listen to. In this sermon from 2 Timothy 3:10–4:8, David Platt points us away from the preferences of man to the church’s ultimate authority––God speaking through His Word. In this first of twelve traits of a biblical church, Biblical Preaching and Teaching, we’ll see why the faithful proclamation of Scripture shapes everything about the church’s life and mission.
Feb 19, 2018
Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions
A pastor who believes that God is sovereign over all things will lead his people to be a death defying missional people. Our sovereign God holds the destiny of the world in the palm of his hand. Therefore, his shepherds should lead their people to pray confidently, give sacrificially, go intentionally and die willingly for the spread of the gospel message to those who have never heard.
1 hr 4 min
Feb 13, 2018
The Church's Goal: ". . . Among All Nations"
It’s so easy for churches to become self-focused. Our own comforts and concerns slowly begin to swallow up our time, energy, and resources. But Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations should compel us to move out with the gospel to a world in need. This is the church’s mission. In this third sermon in a three-part series on Matthew 28:16–30, David Platt encourages the church to make disciples and to multiply churches, both in our own neighborhoods and among unreached peoples across the globe.
Feb 5, 2018
The Church's Mission: "By Making Disciples and Multiplying Churches . . ."
There is no shortage of books, conferences, and consultants in our day offering to help churches find their mission. It’s as if God’s people have been left in the dark as to what we should be about. But what if Jesus has already given us our marching orders? In this sermon, David Platt directs our attention to Christ’s words in Matthew 28:16–20 in order to help us identify the church’s mission.
Jan 29, 2018
The Church's Vision: "We Glorify God . . ."
Churches often put their time, resources, and efforts into many doing good things, all the while failing to ask what their primary focus should be. Thankfully, God hasn’t left us in the dark when it comes to the church’s mission. In this sermon from Matthew 28:16–20, David Platt begins a three-part sermon series unpacking the vision, mission, and goal of the church. In this sermon we’ll see why glorifying God has to be the starting point for all that we do.
Jan 22, 2018
Praying and Working for Justice: Abortion
Depending on who you’re talking to, the issue of abortion brings up feelings of anger, guilt, or despair. Even many Christians view it primarily as a political issue. However, before abortion is a political or any other type of issue, we need to recognize it for what it is––a God issue. In this sermon on Psalm 139, David Platt urges Christians to take a God-centered perspective on abortion. This will involve both repentance and the pursuit of biblical justice on behalf those who are the most vulnerable. Thankfully, God’s grace in the gospel is sufficient to cover abortion and every other sin we commit against Him.
Jan 15, 2018
Praying and Working for Justice: Racialization
The topics of race and social justice often elicit strong emotions, which is why many pastors and churches tend to stay silent on these issues. However, David Platt argues that these are not topics the church can ignore. Our worship of God is integrally connected to the way we treat our neighbor, including those who don’t look like us. Based on Amos 5:21–24, this sermon exhorts us to consider our role in perpetuating racism, often without realizing it. Every follower of Christ should pray and work for justice in the culture around us.
Jan 8, 2018
The Word and the World
If you want to grow a church and see the gospel spread, there is no shortage of strategies being offered today. Sadly, few of these strategies revolve around the power and authority of God’s Word. In today’s sermon from 2 Timothy, David Platt challenges us to rely on God’s Word to do God’s work. Not only do we need this life-changing Word in our own lives and churches, but also—there’s a world out there that has no hope without it.
Jan 1, 2018
Sharing Your Faith Without Fear
There’s nothing greater, nothing more significant we can share with others than the message of the gospel. And yet, if we’re honest, we often fail to speak about this good news to unbelievers God has put in our lives. We’re silent about the hope of eternal life because we’re worried about what others will think. In this sermon based on Acts 18:1–17, David Platt encourages us to share the gospel without fear. Even though opposition is inevitable, God’s power and His mission are unstoppable.
Dec 25, 2017
Behold His Faithfulness
Keeping your word seems to matter very little in our culture. Politicians unashamedly break promises, the covenant of marriage is trivialized, and, if we’re honest, each of us is tempted in a thousand little ways to distort the truth in our own lives. But, according to Psalm 98, we serve a God who is always faithful. In this sermon, David Platt encourages us to behold the God who shows steadfast love to His undeserving people. Such faithfulness should continually elicit our praise.
Dec 18, 2017
Behold His Grace
Many followers of Christ cringe when the topic of giving comes up. Even when we do give, we’re often motivated more by guilt than gratitude. But this is not how Scripture motivates us to give. In this sermon on Psalm 86, David Platt points us to several biblical motives for our giving. We give in response to God’s infinite grace so that others might see His glory.
Dec 11, 2017
Behold His Love
Sadly, some professing Christians find very little joy in their relationship with God. Trusting and obeying Him is a duty, not a delight. However, Psalm 63 reminds us that God’s great love ought to draw out deep affection from God’s people. In this sermon David Platt urges us to set aside lukewarm thoughts toward God and instead pursue Him as our all-consuming passion.
Dec 3, 2017
The Mercy of God in the Movement of the Peoples
The scale of the current refugee crisis is massive, and it can seem like events are spinning out of control. But what if God is using these tragedies to accomplish His global purposes? In this sermon on Acts 17:26–27, David Platt encourages us to view the movements of refugees around the world through the lens of God’s sovereignty and His redemptive purposes. The nations may be closer than you think.
Nov 27, 2017
How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?
Christians use many different strategies to find an answer to that all-important question, “What is God’s will for my life?” But what if God’s will isn’t lost? And what if He actually works in us so that we might walk in His will? David Platt encourages us to align our lives with God’s larger purposes in the world in this sermon from Acts 16.
Nov 20, 2017
Proclaiming Jesus for the Joy of All People
The claim that Jesus is the only Savior, that anyone who doesn’t believe in Him will face God’s eternal judgment, sounds narrow-minded and arrogant to most people. But if Jesus is who He says He is, and if He has died, risen, and been raised to God’s right hand as Lord of all, then proclaiming the gospel is the most loving thing we can do. This gospel was the reason for Paul’s mission in Acts 13:13–52, and, as David Platt reminds us in this sermon, it is the very message that should define our lives and the church’s mission today.
Nov 13, 2017
Behold His Jealousy
No one wants to be described as jealous. In fact, Scripture warns us against an ungrateful heart that longs for what God has not given us. But, according to Psalm 79, jealousy is a good thing if we’re talking about God’s jealousy. Unlike us, God is jealous for His own glory, and this is good news for His people. In this sermon, David Platt helps us see why God’s jealousy should lead the believer to greater comfort, hope, and worship.
Nov 6, 2017
Behold His Wrath
It’s not popular to talk about the wrath of God. Even in Christian circles, we want a God who is like us and who makes us feel good about ourselves. However, if God is holy and just––as Scripture teaches––then it is only reasonable that He would punish sin and judge those who rebel against Him. In this sermon from Psalm 78, David Platt reminds us that God’s wrath is one of His many perfections. The good news of the gospel is that God has sent His own Son to take the wrath that we deserve by dying on the cross.
Oct 30, 2017
Behold His Eternality
Our culture is obsessed with temporal things. We want instant gratification. We don’t want to be bothered with the future, much less eternity. However, as David Platt reminds us from Psalm 90, we serve a God who is eternal. His perfections––His justice, His love, His wrath, His faithfulness, His grace––had no beginning, and they will have no end. These biblical realities should help us live for that which truly matters. Sin is more serious than we ever realized, but God’s grace is greater than we ever imagined. Our God is unchanging, and this is good news for those who have trusted in His Son.
Oct 23, 2017
The Church that Changed the World
Can one local church be used for the spread of the gospel among all nations? This is precisely what God did with the church at Antioch in Acts 13:1–12. In this message, David Platt points out five characteristics of the church at Antioch that should inform the mission of every local church. The spread of the gospel by God’s people is ultimately dependent on His power.
Oct 16, 2017
Taking on the World
Many Christians in our culture enjoy the blessings of God without ever asking why they have been blessed. Could it be that God has blessed us, both spiritually and physically, for a greater purpose than our own comfort? Based on Psalm 67, David Platt helps us connect God’s blessings with His mission in the world, a theme that runs from Genesis to Revelation.
Oct 9, 2017
Behold His Glory
We have a dangerous tendency to treat God lightly in worship, preferring instead various activities and gimmicks that hold our attention. However, as Psalm 95 reminds us, our God is worthy of our worship and our deepest reverence. In this message David Platt encourages us to let God’s character and greatness shape our worship. We should respond to God with humility, joy, gratefulness, trust, and obedience.
Oct 2, 2017
The Leader of the Church
Churches need leaders who are faithful to the gospel, but we can’t forget who the church’s actual leader is––Jesus Christ. When we pause to reflect on who Jesus is, then it only makes sense that we would want to submit to His plan and trust in His power to carry out the church’s mission. Based on Matthew 4:18–22, David Platt encourages the church to look to Christ and His gospel as we seek to make disciples of all nations.
Sep 25, 2017
For Such a Time is This
It’s easy to get so caught up in our own little worlds that we miss the urgent needs right around us, not to mention the spiritual and physical needs of billions around the world. But have you considered what God, in His sovereignty, might have for His church today as He accomplishes His purposes in the world? Drawing on Esther 4:13–17, David Platt urges the church to seize the opportunities God has provided for us as we make His gospel known around the world.
Sep 18, 2017
Tremble at His Word
It is deceptively easy for us to talk about God, sing to God, and even claim to be serving God, all while ignoring His Word. In this new message from Isaiah 66 and Romans 8, David Platt reminds us that God’s Word should cause us to stand in awe. We ought to respond to Scripture by submitting to and delighting in the One who is sovereign over us.
Sep 11, 2017
God's Word in A Turbulent World
With areas of the southern United States facing potentially one of the worst storms of our generation head-on, that following the severe flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey… and even beyond the U.S., the strongest earthquake in a century hitting Mexico this week, severe flooding in India affecting 40 million people, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children fleeing Myanmar, North Korea testing missiles and threatening nuclear war—and all this in addition to personal struggles and afflictions in our personal lives. With all that’s going on in the world today, what exactly does God’s Word bring to bear on our turbulent world?
Sep 4, 2017
Four Simple Reasons for the Church to Pray
It can be tempting to try and live your life in your own strength—devoid of God’s Spirit. However, the Bible urges you to not walk into the days ahead with dependence upon yourself, but rather with desperation for God’s Spirit. That’s what prayer is all about, and that’s what today’s sermon from Exodus 33 is all about.
Aug 28, 2017
Because He Lives
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).” The first step toward following God is to trust in the truth of Jesus. In today’s new sermon, David Platt identifies four truths that ought to be the natural outworking of a believer’s life… from the very outset of trusting in Jesus, to the day-in and day-out of facing life without fear.
Aug 21, 2017
Anchors In The Storm
All followers of Christ will face the storms of life. However, we have anchors in these storms, truths on which we can bank our lives and our eternities. Based on Acts 27 (and several other passages), David Platt identifies five anchors for the believer’s soul in the midst of life’s trials. The God who is sovereign over all things cares for us deeply and is working all things according to His good purposes.
Aug 14, 2017
The Sovereignty of Christ In Our Lives
The object of our faith matters more than the measure or circumstances of our faith.
Aug 7, 2017
Radical Restoration: Deacons - Leading Servants of the Church
While elders are servant leaders in the church, the Bible identifies deacons as leading servants in the church. According to Acts 6:1–7 and 1 Timothy 3:8–13, deacons have three responsibilities: meet needs according to the Word, support the ministry of the Word, and unify the body around the Word. This kind of ministry may not be flashy, or even visible, but it is crucial to the church’s health and growth.
Jul 31, 2017
Radical Restoration: Elders - Servant Leaders of the Church
A biblical model of church leadership is critical for a church that aims to display the glory of Christ. In this sermon, David Platt turn our attention to Acts 20:17–31 as a helpful guide for elders, or pastors. As servant leaders, these men ought to lead under the authority of Christ, care for the body of christ, teach the Word of Christ, and model the character of Christ. Churches should appoint and follow such men.
Jul 24, 2017
Radical Restoration: The Biblical Marks of a Local Church
Jul 17, 2017
Radical Restoration: The Churchs Identity, Authority, and Purpose
Jul 10, 2017
Radical Restoration: Christ the Center
Jul 3, 2017
Radical Restoration: Outside the Camp
Jun 26, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Church
Jun 19, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Unreached People and Places
Jun 12, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Missionary
Jun 5, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Calling
May 29, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Disciple-Making
May 22, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Disciple
May 15, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Evangelism & Conversion
May 8, 2017
Mission Precision: Defining Gospel
May 1, 2017
Unchanging: The REAP Method
1 hr 2 min
Apr 24, 2017
Unchanging: Teach the Word
Apr 17, 2017
Unchanging: Commissioning the Best
Apr 10, 2017
Unchanging: Not By Bread Alone
Apr 3, 2017
Attachment: The Gospel and Divorce
1 hr 11 min
Mar 27, 2017
The Gospel and Manhood
Mar 20, 2017
Attachment: The Gospel and Singleness
1 hr 13 min
Mar 13, 2017
Attachment: The Gospel and Parents
1 hr 1 min
Mar 6, 2017
Attachment: The Gospel and Marriage
1 hr 3 min
Feb 27, 2017
Attachment: The Gospel and Womanhood
Feb 20, 2017
Counter Culture: Christ and Children in a Culture of Death
1 hr 12 min
Feb 13, 2017
Counter Culture: The Gospel and Homosexuality
1 hr 13 min
Feb 6, 2017
Counter Culture: The Gospel and Religious Liberty
1 hr 6 min
Jan 30, 2017
Counter Culture: A Biblical View of the Refugee Crisis
Jan 23, 2017
Counter Culture: Empower the Poor
Jan 16, 2017
Counter Culture: Father to the Fatherless
Jan 9, 2017
Counter Culture: The Gospel Demands Radical Compassion
Jan 2, 2017
Counter Culture: What the Gospel Demands
Dec 26, 2016
Make the Most of Your Worship
Dec 19, 2016
He Came: To Give God Glory
Dec 12, 2016
He Came: To Save the Lost
Dec 5, 2016
He Came: To Serve the Helpless
Nov 28, 2016
He Came: To Destroy the Works of the Devil
Nov 7, 2016
Threads, Part 6: The Urgency of Eternity
Oct 31, 2016
Threads, Part 5: The Necessity of Faith
1 hr 6 min
Oct 24, 2016
Threads, Part 4: The Sufficiency of Christ
Oct 17, 2016
Threads, Part 3: The Sinfulness of Man
Oct 10, 2016
Threads, Part 2: The Character of God
Oct 3, 2016
Threads, Part 1: Greater Works
Sep 26, 2016
Sports and the Gospel, Part 2
Sep 19, 2016
Sports and the Gospel, Part 1
1 hr 5 min
Sep 12, 2016
Awaken: Crucial Concepts for Biblical Worship, Part 5
Sep 5, 2016
Awaken: Crucial Concepts for Biblical Worship, Part 4
Aug 29, 2016
Awaken: Crucial Concepts for Biblical Worship, Part 3
Aug 22, 2016
Awaken: Crucial Concepts for Biblical Worship, Part 2
Aug 15, 2016
Awaken: Crucial Concepts for Biblical Worship, Part 1
Mar 30, 2016
Cross-Culture: God's Work, Our Work
Mar 28, 2016
Cross-Culture: God's Story, Our Story
1 hr 2 min
Feb 2, 2016
David Platt Talks Secret Church 16
Jan 18, 2016
Repentance and Resolutions Pt. 2
Jan 4, 2016
Repentance and Resolutions Pt. 1
Dec 21, 2015
Love that Captivates Pt. 2
Dec 17, 2015
A Conversation with David Platt
Dec 7, 2015
Love That Captivates Pt. 1
Nov 23, 2015
The Ultimate Disconnect Pt. 2
Nov 9, 2015
The Ultimate Disconnect Pt. 1
Oct 26, 2015
Nehemiah And The Call To Mission Pt. 2
Oct 12, 2015
Nehemiah And The Call To Mission Pt. 1
Sep 28, 2015
Don't Waste Your Life Pt. 4
Sep 14, 2015
Don't Waste Your Life Pt. 3
Aug 31, 2015
Don't Waste Your Life Pt. 2
Aug 17, 2015
Don't Waste Your Life Pt. 1
Aug 3, 2015
The Children Yet Unborn Pt. 2
Jul 27, 2015
The Children Yet Unborn Pt. 1
Jul 13, 2015
The Future of SBC Missions in North America and the Nations
Jun 29, 2015
The Indescribable Christ and His Indestructible Kingdom
Jun 15, 2015
How the Gospel Will Spread to the Ends of the Earth Pt. 2
Jun 1, 2015
How the Gospel Will Spread to the Ends of the Earth Pt. 1
May 18, 2015
To The Church at Brook Hills
May 4, 2015
A Christ-Compelled Response to Nepal
Apr 20, 2015
Fasting From Food to Feast On God
Apr 6, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Reap and Pray
Mar 9, 2015
The Reward that's Found in the Word Pt. 2
Feb 23, 2015
The Reward that's Found in the Word Pt. 1
Feb 9, 2015
Relenting Wrath: The Role Of Desperate Prayer In The Mystery Of Divine Providence
1 hr 2 min
Jan 26, 2015
The Privilege of Prayer Pt. 2
Jan 12, 2015
The Privilege of Prayer Pt. 1
Dec 29, 2014
A Humbling Start To A New Year
Dec 15, 2014
Missions in Matthew 2
Dec 8, 2014
Missions in Matthew 1
Dec 1, 2014
Our Obligation to the Unreached Pt. 2
Nov 17, 2014
Our Obligation to the Unreached Pt. 1
Nov 3, 2014
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