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This Good Friday, April 18, David Platt will spend 6 hours leading people in studying God’s Word in an annual gathering called Secret Church (inspired by his time with the underground church). This year’s topic, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” will cover a wide range of activities and issues that affect our everyday routines, asking how the gospel impacts it all. For example, how does Christ’s death and resurrection change the way we date? What role does the gospel play in our jobs? Does the good news of Jesus change our view of sports? Social media? As believers, we’ll be challenged to better follow Christ and to better point others to him. And for unbelievers, the gospel will be clearly explained.

You’re probably already thinking about the many reasons you have to participate, but you may not know how. We can help you there…

Secret Church 14 will take place in Birmingham, AL, but thanks to modern technology, that’s not the only location you’ll be able to join in. With a computer and a good internet connection, you can host a simulcast from anywhere in the world!

  1. You can host as a church along with all these host churches (which you could potentially join if you live nearby).
  2. You can host as a small group. Registering as a small group between now and April 4th makes you eligible for a 5-piece giveaway.
  3. You can apply to participate in the simulcast for FREE if you are serving as a missionary overseas. MORE INFO…

If you choose option one or two, there is a small cost (it comes out to about $10/person), but this includes a nearly 200 page study guide to help you follow along that night and refer to it all later on. To join in live, you’ll need to begin at 6pm Central on Good Friday. However, if that poses a problem for you, you can delay, pause, and rewind the simulcast just like you would a DVR. Additionally, you’ll be able to watch for 30 days following April 18.

And if you can’t participate in this Secret Church simulcast, you’ll always be able to access the teaching portion of the night (though the prayer and worship will be cut out) FREE OF CHARGE when it is posted on Radical’s website with all the other past Secret Church topics. May of these studies will serve you as a great tool as you make disciples, since they cover key elements of our Christian faith.

So REGISTER for the simulcast or check out the past resources, but whatever you do, we don’t want you to miss Secret Church on your hunt for good disciple-making tools.

“The Cross and Everyday Life”

This April 18th, Good Friday, Pastor David Platt will be leading a yearly gathering called Secret Church. And because it will be simulcast, you can plan to participate from anywhere that has a computer and a good internet connection.

We bring this to your attention because it could be a great tool for you to use as you continue to make disciples. Why? This year’s topic, The Cross and Everyday Life, will practically instruct us as to how the gospel affects the routine, regular, sometimes mundane, and often busy aspects of our day to day life. So as you’re encouraging people to trust Jesus with their jobs, be an effective witness on their team, glorify God with their down time, live with purity at their school, or any host of other things they may face each and every day, Secret Church can reinforce what you’re saying as well as challenge you both to go further and walk closer with the Lord.

The below video may help you get a better feel for the topic.

Partner with your local church to host or participate with a small group in your home, and get the word out to anyone else who may be interested. Special early pricing ends on January 23, so REGISTER for the simulcast today!

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This app is designed to be a helpful tool as you seek to make disciples. Get easy access to Multiply resources, post and respond to prayer requests related to making disciples, and stay updated on Multiply announcements.

We hope the Multiply app will be a useful for you and those you know. Tell a friend about this free resource.

The following is a summary of the main teaching session (Session 1) of the Multiply Gathering 2013 in Austin, Texas. David Platt and Francis Chan spoke alternately in short increments on a variety of biblical passages. Here are some common themes that emerged:

As we move out to make disciples, we have to keep in mind some foundational, yet often-neglected truths. Sharing the gospel is not something we engage in on our own. We don’t have to manufacture anything. God is at work, and according to John 5:17, the Son is working too. And He has sent His Spirit to live in us in order to do the work of spreading the gospel.

In light of the fact that the Spirit lives in us, we ought to expect that our lives would be different from unbelievers, that we would manifest things that we can’t produce on our own. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in you. He involves us in His mission not because He needs us, but because He loves us.

As we proclaim the message of the gospel, one of the temptations we face is to add to the gospel. This may seem like a good idea, but Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that adding to the word of the cross is actually to empty the cross of its power. God has chosen to use the foolish and weak. We simply, speak, obey, and trust in Him.

One comforting thought as we move out to make disciples is the reality that God is already at work in people’s lives. We ought to trust that as we seek to engage people. However, there will be rejection. But when we are rejected, we ought not be discouraged. This is expected; we’re not failures. A failure is the person who doesn’t speak the gospel, not the person who speaks and is rejected. Like Isaiah in Isaiah 6, we may be called to a work where there is only rejection. Like Amos, we ought to be in awe that we would be used to speak God’s Word to others. Therefore, we should not be discouraged when we are told not to speak. We didn’t come up with this in the first place.

Picture people you know who are unsaved and trust that God is at work in some of their lives. Trust that He has put you in their life. And He wants some of them to come to have life in Him. Do not let the Adversary cause you not to believe in God.

Move out toward unbelievers you know while trusting in God’s power.

 

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 11.27.43 AMYou may be asking yourself, “If I participated in the Multiply Gathering live stream last year, what’s the point in signing up this year? Won’t it just be the same stuff?”

We know your time is in high demand, and you can trust us when we say that we don’t want to waste it. We believe that participating in Multiply 2013 will not only benefit those of you who participated last year, but have even more to offer you the second time around!

To flesh out the night’s content a little bit more, here is a top ten list of why you should sign up… again.

  1. Encouragement – You have been trying to make disciples for the past year. Hopefully you’ve had many victories, but if you’re like us, we know that you’ve also had some struggles and failures. One of the big aims of the 2013 Gathering is that we’re all encouraged to endure.
  2. The Word – Our foundation for making disciples will be the foundation for the upcoming Gathering. Francis and David will share from the Word again – motivating, empowering, and equipping us in this journey.
  3. Prayer – Together, we’ll spend some intentional time petitioning our heavenly Father for help and success as we seek to make His name famous.
  4. Their Journey – Francis and David will share some of their personal disciple-making journey over the past year in hopes of encouraging others with both their “highs” and their “lows.”
  5. Our Journey – We’ve heard about some of your disciple-making experiences, and we’ll be sharing some of these stories at the 2013 Gathering. None of us are alone. Come hear how others are doing.
  6. Recommitting – Some of you have been galloping along all year, and we want to make sure it stays that way. Some of you have fallen completely off the horse and need to get back in the saddle. So together, we’ll commit to another year of following Christ and leading others to do the same.
  7. Bring Your Friend(s) – Part of last year’s charge was that this year, you’d participate in the live stream with the person you’ve led to Christ and poured into. Bring them with you!
  8. Bring Others – Don’t stop with your one person though. Bring other believers so they can be encouraged to make disciples too.
  9. Newbies Welcome - Don’t be afraid to pick up with the second Multiply Gathering if you missed the first. You’ll be up to speed in no time!
  10. The Process Continues – Making disciples who make disciples who make disciples is an ongoing process for every follower of Christ. Disciple-making isn’t something you can just “check-off.” We all know that. Multiply 2013 will be a tool to help you resist just such a temptation and continue your disciple-making journey.

Register for the FREE 2013 Multiply Gathering live stream HERE.

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