I have been gripped. I had heard the name David Platt a few times over the past few weeks. And I’m a bit of a sermon snob. I like a select few in the speaking world and really do not find myself with much desire to add to my limited list.
So I watched a little series David Platt did at the SBC. It was good. It was quite good. So I downloaded a few podcasts. They are even better.
Now lest you think I am taken by a quick wit and interesting sermon- I must give a disclaimer. Platt is only occasionally funny. But Platt is always about the gospel.
Perhaps you are like me, and there are times when you wrestle with “the gift of singleness”. Sometimes it is the gift that we didn’t put on our wish list. But when David Platt talks about it, it all becomes clear. When I am longing for heaven, my longing for all other things diminishes.
Paul Washer gives a great in-a-nutshell method of talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses in this seven minute clip. I love how he uses Galatians 1:9 (ESV): “As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
Listen and be encouraged. Share the true Gospel boldly with the Jehovah’s Witnesses you meet.
I can not say enough about John Piper and the influence he has had on my spiritual life. Listening to him preach is an honor- even if it is via the internet. If most preachers are a drinking fountain, Piper is a fire hydrant. You can not escape his sermons without saturation.
In Take Care How You Listen!, Piper details the need to prepare our hearts and minds to hear the Word of God. In the second part of the message, he gets very practical about how our lives as Christians should look if we truly want to grow. I’m challenged to ever be seeking ways to change- not out of legalism, but out of a desire to be used by God. I want to be encompassed by my Maker.