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Christ, Culture, and a Call to ActionThe culture around us is constantly changing, and successive changes are often accompanied by significant challenges.
In this particular meeting, the local church leaders had not only gathered to share struggles and to pray together, they also came to study the Bible with an American who would soon become the pastor of one of the largest congregations in the United States.
Three weeks after my third trip to underground house churches in Asia, I began my first Sunday as the pastor of (The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama).
The stark contrast between to two scenes compelled Platt and other church leaders to begin discussing ways to capture the urgency and intensity of the underground churches in areas of the world where Christians literally risk their lives for their faith — a tall order in a city like Birmingham in the heart of the Bible Belt. In 2006, Platt and the Brook Hills leadership decided to host an intense, 6-hour Bible study and prayer time on a Friday evening from 6 p.m. Even with promotion limited to announcements in Brook Hills church services, 1,000 local churchgoers showed up on the first Friday night. Secret Church organizers realized that at some point there would not be a room big enough to hold everyone who wanted to attend, so rather than even attempting to find a larger venue, they opted instead to simulcast the event online. They approached LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, about helping them launch a simulcast. On April 24 of this year, the fifteenth edition of Secret Church will be held at the Church at Brook Hills, in churches around the United States, and in just about every corner of the globe.
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Twenty leaders from different churches in the area sat in a circle on the floor with their Bibles open. They had intentionally come to this place at different times throughout the morning so as not to draw attention to the meeting that was occurring. David Platt, at the time in his mid-20s, taught his way through the Old Testament over the next 12 hours. It was filled with wonderful, well-meaning, Bible-believing Christians who wanted to welcome me and enjoy one another. At least one church in every state hosted a simulcast and churches in 81 foreign countries participated as well. If Jesus and your mother would not approve of your writing, you should revise your comment before submitting. Comments should not harass, abuse or threaten another's personal safety or property, make false statements, defame or impersonate someone else. Charisma Media reserves the right to modify or remove any comment that does not comply with the above guidelines and to deny access of your Disqus account to make additional comments to the website without any notice.
Lee Grady, brings the hard-hitting commentary about today's issues that need to be addressed. They would love to worship in freedom and to share the good news of Jesus with those around them, but to do so means violence, imprisonment or even death. As well as a DVD of The Cost, it also includes a Leaders Guide, a poster to help you promote the event, and response cards to help people engage with the Secret Church. We supply Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services.
How does a Christian respond to the rapid rise of so-called same-gender marriage and the increasing acceptance of homosexuality? People like you and people like me, who simply desire community, who want to be involved in church, and who believe God is important in their lives. Just like in the tiny, dimly lit room in Asia, a survey of the Old Testament would be the topic.
The first Secret Church simulcast took place in 2012 and an astonishing 35,000 people signed up to view it. Harrison is the founder of Secret Church Shopper, a firm that travels to churches across the country to secretly evaluate worship experiences."I never know when the phone rings if it is New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or some other place," he said. If you have been denied access to comment due to a violation of these terms please do not create multiple accounts in an attempt to circumvent the system.

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Others were dirty from the dust in the villages from which they had set out on bikes early that morning.
Instead of traveling for miles by foot or bike to gather for worship, we had arrived in millions of dollars’ worth of vehicles. But as a new pastor comparing the images around me that day with the pictures still fresh in my mind of brothers and sisters on the other side of the world, I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. Charisma Media moderators will consider your request and decide on the most appropriate action.
As we weave between their stories we are presented with the same choice: are we prepared to serve God whatever happens? How does a Christian think in a culture of pervasive racial prejudice and limited religious liberty? The whole scene seemed to buck every nugget of prevailing wisdom on how to get busy, entertainment-saturated Americans to show up to church.
Some drive 40 miles," Briseno said."We have also noticed in our church that we have had people come," Briseno continued.
They disguise their prayers as conversation, they 'sing' songs in whispers, they memorise Bible verses.
What does a Christian do in a church that exalts prosperity amidst a world of extreme poverty?
And yet within months they were talking about whether or not to rent out an arena for the next event. They have collections of materials in various places and there seems to be no order," he continued.
During this Secret Church, we will explore biblical foundations for answers to these questions and come to significant conclusions regarding how Christ calls every Christian to engage culture with a firm grip on the gospel in the church and a fervent passion for God’s glory in the world.
And we will try to reach out to them, so there has been, for lack of a better word, a little bit of a revolving door."Hurting Prospective MembersWith that in mind, Harrison always pays close attention to how church members greet and treat guests. After all these years, one story still stands out."During the fellowship time where everyone is shaking hands, a woman behind me leans over past me to shake the hand of the woman in front of me, and in the process doesn't say hello, you're in my way, or anything," he recalled.
But I have to keep that to myself," Briseno told CBN News.You've Been Punked!Briseno is also a bit nervous about what his church members will think when they find out. And prior to that I had been bumped from my seat two times."Harrison urges churches to make reaching people who are new to the church experience a top priority. And we have to go to a doctor or to a physical therapist," Harrison said."And the same God who heals us, also provides these occupations," he continued.

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