David Platt opened his last sermon as senior pastor of the Church at Brook Hills by saying he’s not usually an emotional person. But even preachers far more reserved than Platt—known for his impassioned, pleading calls for radical discipleship—would have struggled to keep their composure during Sunday’s commissioning as he leaves Brook Hills to take up his new job as president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Before Platt preached the second service in a full auditorium on the sprawling, suburban Brook Hills campus, he baptized his 8-year-old son, Caleb, adopted from Kazakhstan when he was only 11 months old. David Platt looked on beside the gently flowing baptismal waters as Caleb read his testimony from a laminated sheet, then the father immersed his son as a brother in Christ. Near the end of the 105-minute service, Brook Hills announced that they had donated $20,000 in the Platt family’s name to Lifeline Children’s Services, a Christian agency based in Birmingham that assists families in international adoptions. Rather than return to an auditorium named for him at Brook Hills, church leaders told Platt as they announced the gift, he could one day look out on families that have followed in his example and cared for the orphans.
Sniffles could be heard and reddened eyes could be seen throughout the auditorium as Platt preached from 1 Corinthians 15 on three reasons to hold fast to the gospel with radical faith. Even though the message may have been familiar to anyone who knows Platt’s preaching and bestselling books, the occasion lent special urgency and import to his summary of the message that transformed Brook Hills and shook up evangelical churches around the world. Praying that his work has not been in vain, Platt urged Brook Hills to resist “comfortable, casual, cultural Christianity, because that’s not Christianity.” He reminded the church of 1 billion people—many of them Christians—living in desperate poverty and billions more who do not believe or even know the gospel of Jesus.
“We don’t have time to waste on games in the church,” Platt said.
SOURCE: Collin Hansen
The Gospel Coalition