Secret Church

Our culture is constantly telling us that we can achieve anything we set our mind to. Sadly, many followers of Christ and many churches have adopted this self-sufficient mindset, relying on their own wisdom and abilities instead of relying on God. But what if we were never intended to be self-sufficient? And what if God has designed us so that our greatest satisfaction is found as we depend on Him fully for everything we need?

In Secret Church 19 we’ll take an in-depth look at the Bible’s teaching on prayer and fasting. We’ll see that our inabilities and weaknesses are the very place where God’s meets us with His strength and sufficiency. We’ll also see that faithfulness to the mission of Christ requires depending on the Spirit of Christ. Through prayer and fasting, we demonstrate our need for God’s power and our desire for His glory.

Secret Church began at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama,
based on time Dr. David Platt spent with brothers and sisters in underground
Asian house churches. In those contexts, they gather together at the risk of
their lives for 8-12 hours at a time simply to pray, worship, and study the Word.
It’s simple, raw, dangerous, and satisfying … all at the same time.

The leaders at Brook Hills began asking if they could do the same thing and
decided to try it. They set up a Friday evening where people could gather from
6pm until midnight for two main purposes: to worship through intensive study of
the Word, and to identify with our persecuted brothers and sisters by praying
intentionally for them. Simply six hours of straight teaching and prayer.

At the first gathering there were about 1,000 people, and after that it began
to grow. Secret Church now takes place with thousands of believers joining
together in homes, church buildings, and other locations all around the world.
One of Dr. Platt’s favorite sights is to look out across a room packed with
people at midnight with their Bibles open just soaking in the Word of God.

The objective of Secret Church is not just to come and learn for one night
but to take what we’ve learned and pass it along to others. We also want to
recognize the great need to pray and come alongside our brothers and sisters who live in places around the world where there is little to no gospel witness or
where the gospel is met with resistance. We want to use what we’ve learned
during this gathering to make disciples of Christ—both locally and globally.


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