Your Life on Mission Matters

2014 RightNow Conference


In this 48-minute session from the 2014 Right Now Conference, David Platt calls church leaders to remain focused in ministry, not distracted by secondary pursuits, but courageously leading their people in a passionate pursuit of God's mission. David is President of the International Mission Board and is author of the bestselling book Radical and Follow Me.


David said that we've designed church in a way that focuses on preaching, music, our buildings, and programs. All of these can be good things, but at what point do you think they can become a distraction from pursuing God's mission?
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Consider your ministry in particular. How does the speaker, the music, your church building, and the programs at your church seek to advance God's mission in your community?
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"People aren't martyred because they smile and they're nice…we witness with our mouths."

Francis of Assisi is often attributed with the quote, "Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words." Are words necessary to communicate the gospel? What Scripture can you point to to support your answer?
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David worked through the book of Acts, showing that every major movement of God's Spirit came after a time of dedicated prayer. How often do you, personally, set aside time to specifically pray that people would put their faith in Christ?
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How does your church regularly set apart time to corporately pray for the lost? If you don't, what might it look like to do this?
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Why is it important to teach a biblically grounded theology of suffering to your church? How does a proper view of suffering in the life of the believer better equip you to share the gospel?
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What Christ has called His Church to—discipling all nations—is a monumental task. It is so easy for us to get distracted from that mission. Pray how the Lord might be leading you to share His gospel with those around you, and how your church might better reach your community and the world with the good news of what Christ has done.


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