David Platt, “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death Defying Missions” (Together for the Gospel 2012)
This message is one of the best (and most inspiring) sermons on mission that I have ever heard (Rev. 5). It is a “must-listen” (not exaggerating) and worth making time to hear. It provoked me to much awe and heart-searching before God, and confirmed many burdens that the Lord has been laying upon my heart. I trust that it will do the same for you, regardless of your role in this most holy endeavor. Grace and peace… Warning: It may ruin your life in the most soul-stirring way possible, and result in radical desires for God-glorifying life and service. (Audio)
Here’s a similar message that John Piper preached several years ago: “Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain”.
Ligon Duncan, “The Underestimated God: God’s Ruthless, Compassionate Grace in the Pursuit of His Own Glory and His Minister’s Joy,” (Together for the Gospel 2012)
This message struck me, as well. It targeted the heart of God’s servants and how our Master often exposes those things that we treasure (and long for) above or beside Him (2Kings 19). Duncan reflected on how God often withholds the fulfillment of good things, even godly desires, from His people in order to increase their joy in Him. There is much pain and suffering in the service of God, but that was the experience of our Savior and should be expected by all who would follow after Him. Those who walk by faith while entrusting themselves to God’s provision and timing will find an inexpressible joy that softens the hardships that crush our hearts. May you find comfort and strength (as I did) from God’s word as you hear it preached in this message. It’s worth your time.