“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”
6 Weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity of attending The Gospel Coalition National Conference in Orlando with several others from Desert Rivers. We heard incredibly preaching and expositions from men like Piper, Keller, Carson, Platt, Chandler etc. The Glory of God was proclaimed and our hearts were incredibly encouraged. I wanted to highlight one sermon in particular by David Platt which was entitled “Why The Great Commission is Great”.
Sermons on missions often have the ability to communicate a sense of guilt or superiority to missionaries. I often felt like I wasn’t doing enough or that I was resisting God’s call to be a missionary. Partially that is due to the method of the sermon and partially that is due to my sinful heart hearing that. This was not the case with this sermon by Platt – my heart was encouraged, my faith was strengthened and my zeal for missions was increased.
Platt highlited that there are 16,000 people groups in the world – 6,000 of these people groups are classified as unreached. That means, they have no access to the Gospel and most of the time they have not even heard of Jesus. For the longest time, I thought people like this would simply go to heaven because they haven’t had a chance to receive the Gospel – until my eyes were awakened to Romans 1:18-25 several years ago.
The text explicitly says that men are without excuse. For every single person in the world knows that there is a creator God but choose to suppress that truth with their sin. This means the Sekh in remote India knows that there is a God, that the Muslim in the Middle East knows there’s a God, and even the most atheistic person in America, knows there is a God.
Platt recounted the stories of ministering to individuals in India where, in the particular region he was at, the death rate was 5,000 individuals per day. Furthermore, that area in India is only 0.1% Christian – which means that every day – 4,995 individuals plunge into the depths of hell with no access to the Gospel. Platt throughout the message exhorted us to have a zeal for the glory of God to the nations so that all nations will praise Jesus in the end. Platt exhorted us to wake up and see the reality of the lost apart from Christ and that there are thousands and thousands of individuals dying every day with no access to the Gospel.
Platt expounded that most of the time, these unreached people groups are unreached for a reason: they are difficult to reach. They are often hostile to the Gospel. They often do not want to be reached. Platt gets questioned often why he sends church members to these dangerous countries that are hostile to the Gospel – he recanted, “Because it’s pure Gospel! For when I was hostile, antagonistic and rebellious against God – He sought after me and pursued me.” So, we go to unreached peoples for the cause that Christ Jesus came to us when we were unreached.
Furthermore, Platt expounded the ultimate purpose of global missions is not the salvation of souls, but the glory and renown of Jesus name. We want more and more people to be marveling in Jesus’ grace. We want more and more people to be thankful that Christ saved them. We want more and more people to be giving God the glory. For Romans 1 says the ultimate cause of sin is that men do not give thanks to God. May your heart be encouraged by Platt’s message as I attach it to this page.