Passion 2011 :: Breakout 1 :: David Platt

A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, and as Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.

David practices what he preaches through his travel nationally and internationally, teaching from God’s Word in churches, seminaries, the underground church or even under a shade tree in Africa or Latin America.

Radical

My wife said “I’m pregnant” I said, “I guess what happens in Kazykstan doesn’t stay in Kazykstan…” :)

3 years ago, we got in the car, and went to the hospital, and the hospital told us they didn’t have enough room for us. So they brought us into a closet, and put her on a machine, and a couple hours later they told us she was going to have a baby.

God is sovereign. He always knows what He is doing.

  • 6.8 billion people in the world. 1/3 of the world is Christian. Usually a social or political identification. If we assumed all of those people were actually followers of Christ, that would still leave over 4.5 billion people who at this moment are without Christ and on a road that leads to an eternal hell. That is spiritual need on top of physical need.
  • Today 26,000 children will die of either hunger or a preventable disease.
  • If these things are true in the world that we live in, then we do not have time to play games in the church. We do not have time to waste our lives living out a nice comfortable, Christian spin on the American dream. We have a master who demands radical sacrifice.
  • A mission that warrants radical urgency.
  • We have a maker who promises radical reward.
  • I want to show you a portrait of Jesus in Scripture today.
  • He is worth your life.

Luke 9:57

  • It almost seems like Jesus is trying to talk these guys out of following Him.
  • This passage is so contrary to the way we work.
  • We will do anything we can to draw a crowd today.
  • But Jesus wanted people to leave.
  • Large crowds were following Jesus, and he said “If anyone is coming after me, they must hate your parents, your wife, and your kids. If you’re going to follow me, you must deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.”
  • Imagine hearing that today. “If you’re going to follow me, you must take up your electric chair and follow me.”
  • This is a lot different than praying a prayer and you’re saved.
  • What if Jesus said these things to you? “You must give up everything you have.”
  • Jesus has said these things to us. He has told us that in order to follow him we must give up everything we have. To love him in a way that makes our closest relationship in this world look like hate in comparison.
  • This is where we need to be careful. This is where we start redefining a Jesus that is more comfortable.
  • When this happens we are not singing and worshiping to Jesus of the Bible, we are worshiping ourselves.

What does it look like to live like this?

  • This whole passage is intended to be understood in the context that Jesus has set out for the cross. “No one takes my life from me, I lay it down of my own accord.” Jesus chose the cross. This is the apex of the Gospel.
  • We are not ultimately saved from our sins because of what a bunch of Roman soldiers decided they were going to do to Jesus.
  • Jesus sweats blood, and is nervous, not because he is afraid of what was going to happen to him. Not because he is a coward. Because he is a savior who is choosing to endure divine wrath.
  • He is about to deliberately go to the cross where is going to experience a holy wrath of God. He is going to endure all of the sin of humanity on the cross.
  • He drank down every last drop of our sin.
  • Surely this JEsus is worthy of a wrote prayer from our lips.

He is worthy of 3 characteristics:

  • He is worthy of all your trust
    • Verse 57
    • Jesus says “You follow me, I’m all you’ve got.”
    • Jesus says “I’m not a mean to an ends, I’m an end.”
    • What we hear in our culture today, “come to Jesus to get stuff, to get health, and wealth.”
    • NO! We come to Jesus to get Jesus.
    • What we hear in our culture today, “We get Jesus, and we get all of this stuff too.”
    • NO! Jesus is enough for us. But if you look at our lives, it doesn’t look like Jesus is enough for us. We fill our lives with so much other stuff. It takes so much to entertain us. It takes so much to get us to celebrate Jesus.
    • I went to an underground church in Asia, and these people risk their lives. The first day we studied for 8 hours. The next day we studied for 12 hours.
    • The Holy Spirit is doing just fine in those gatherings without all the resources that we have filled our churches with.
    • What about us?
    • Is it enough for us?
    • Is Jesus an end for us? Or he is a means to an end? This isn’t just church culture outside of me, but inside of me.
    • We have come up with strange methods for worshipping a savior who didn’t have a roof over his head.
    • What happens when we say that Jesus is enough for all of our trust?
    • You’re never going to stand before Jesus in heaven, and Jesus say “You should’ve kept more for yourself.”
    • When you follow after Jesus, there is an obligation, and a plan that supersedes everything else. Go and proclaim the kingdom of God. This is the will of God for our lives.
  • He is worthy of your dreams
    • I don’t know what God is going to lead you to do, but I do know that everything that God is leading you to, you will be in that position for one purpose. The advancement of the Kingdom of God.
    • I delight in seeing a heart that is not bound by the pursuits of this world.
    • What plan or dream will you give your life to that is more important than God’s plan.
  • He is worthy of all your affections
    • When we follow after Jesus we are not just captivated by an urgent mission, we are people that have been conquered by a superior affection.
    • Does Jesus have your heart?
    • Is He at the center of your love, your affection, and your desires?
    • In those underground churches before we even got into the Word, we would spend at least an hour in prayer, and weeping to the Lord.
    • When you know God truly, you will love God deeply. And your affections will be excited for Him.
    • Jesus is worthy of your heart and your affections.
    • Matthew 13:44 – With gladness he sold everything he had, because he found something that is worth losing everything.
    • We have found someone who is worth losing everything for.
    • The people who believe is worthy of these things will live radically in this world. They will lose their lives in this world for His sake.
  • I want to call you to let go of possessions, and things, and pleasures and pursuits in this world. Let go of comfortable, secure life. Let go, and embrace the only one who is worthy of your trust, plans, dreams, and affections. And gripped with affection for Him, lets make His worth known.

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