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Platt/’Secret Church’ topic: ‘Cross & Suffering’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — “The Cross and Suffering” will be pastor David Platt’s topic for a Good Friday “Secret Church” simulcast on April 6.

Registration opens Tuesday, Jan. 24, at LifeWay.com.

Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., and author of the bestseller “Radical,” will examine biblical answers for such questions as “Why am I suffering? Where is God when I suffer? How can God be good and allow such evil in the world?” Platt’s teaching will center on how the Gospel strengthens, sustains, supports and ultimately satisfies believers in the midst of suffering.

Secret Church events include six hours of in-depth Bible teaching and prayer for the persecuted church. Churches, small groups and individuals around the world participate in the Secret Church simulcasts which are produced by LifeWay Christian Resources in partnership with Disciple-Making International and The Church at Brook Hills. This will be LifeWay’s third Secret Church simulcast.

On Good Friday 2011, while thousands gathered at The Church at Brook Hills, approximately 50,000 people from 1,300 churches and small groups participated in the first LifeWay simulcast. Participants for that event were spread across 42 states and 11 countries.

Groups from 14 countries and a few restricted-access countries participated in the November 2011 Secret Church simulcast.

Secret Church was born from Platt’s experiences teaching in underground house churches in Asia. There, he experienced how Christians met in secret at great risk to their lives in order to study the Bible. This awareness sparked the desire to see that same urgency and hunger for biblical teaching in his own church.

There have been 11 prior Secret Church events, but after the first meeting reached sell-out capacity, The Church at Brook Hills began a reservation system.
Reported by the communications staff of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).

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