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Friday, April 20, 7:00 pm to 1:00 a.m.
Join us for Secret Church, a Cross Pointe discipleship event. This intense, six-hour Bible study is a live simulcast from renowned Bible teacher, Dr. David Platt. The live event runs from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., and includes a time of prayer and focus on the persecuted church, and people groups with little access to the Bible.

The purpose of this study is to learn Bible truths that you can then share with others. The event is free, and study guides are provided. Light snacks and beverages will also be provided. You should bring a Bible and pen. In order to know how much food and study material to prepare, please help us by RSVP'ing your attendance below. Because of the late hour, childcare is not provided for this event.

What Is Secret Church?
The idea behind Secret Church comes from time David Platt spent teaching and ministering among underground Asian house-churches. Due to hostility from the government, from the surrounding community, and even from their own family, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are forced to gather in secret, sometimes at the risk of their lives.

The plight of our persecuted brothers and sisters also explains why prayer for the persecuted church is a major part of every Secret Church gathering. We remember those who cannot meet openly, asking God to sustain their faith, to change the hearts and the actions of their persecutors, and to use their witness for the spread of the gospel.

Our Bible Study Topic
The apostle Paul was astonished that some followers of Christ in his day were “turning to a different gospel,” and he pleaded with them not to be deceived by those who wanted to “distort the gospel of Christ.” These warnings given to the church in the first century are just as relevant today for the church in the twenty-first century.

For the good of our souls and for the sake of the church’s mission, followers of Christ need to ask, “What false gospels are being taught today?” and “How can I recognize the true gospel among so many counterfeits?” Answering these questions will be the aim of Secret Church 18, “Cults and Counterfeit Gospels.”

We will consider the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other groups that claim to teach the truth. We will also explore more subtle distortions of the gospel, including prosperity teaching that is rampant across the church. In the end, our goal is to walk away from this Secret Church not only enabled to discern false gospels, but also equipped to share the true gospel with people around us and with peoples around the world.

Why So Much Teaching in One Night?
We realize that each Secret Church study contains too much biblical teaching--over four hours worth!--to digest in one sitting. That’s one reason we make it available to study in bite-size segments at radical.net. However, this deluge of teaching is meant to remind us of the hunger for God’s Word that exists among many underground churches around the world.

With few opportunities to gather and little access to biblical teaching, our persecuted brothers and sisters may meet for eight to twelve hours at a time simply to sing, pray, and study God’s Word. This God-centered focus is a helpful corrective to the desire for entertainment that characterizes many church gatherings in the U.S.

What Is the Goal of Secret Church?
We hope your faith will be strengthened as you encounter teaching from God’s Word during Secret Church. However, the truths you hear are not meant to stop with you. You are encouraged to teach them to others as you meet one-on-one or as you gather in small groups and churches. Secret Church is intended to be a resource for making disciples both locally and globally.

We urge you to consider the role God may have for you and your church as you take the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to those in your own communities and to unreached peoples among the nations. You can find more Secret Church resources here.

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