The Spirit of God Showed Up Today

What follows is not a normal “chapel blog.”  What follows is my reflections, however childish they are, of what happened today.

I am sitting here approximately 2 hours after the chapel message commenced.  I am still in complete awe of what just took place.  What follows cannot begin to even describe what took place today in chapel.  Dr. David Platt, a man annointed by God, was used by God as an instrument in which He revealed a portion of His glory to us.

It had nothing to do with the sermon.  It had nothing to do with the speaker per se.  It had everything to do with the Word of God being spoken.  That is it.  That is all it was.  There was no pageantry.  There were no bells and whistles.  Fortunately, Dr. Mohler listened to the Spirit and nixed the closing/response hymn.  Try as I might, and I am struggling to type this right now, I cannot put into words what took place today.

I would tell you to listen to this message, but it will not be the same.  My wife watched the chapel on channel 19 and was blown away, but even she said it rang somewhat hollow because it was through the television screen and not in person.  Hebrews 4:12 reads, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Something that is alive cannot be experienced through any medium like a blog or a television screen or a podcast.  It must be experienced in person.  It must be experienced in the flesh.  When I became aware of what was happening, I just turned the laptop off and sat and waited with expectancy for God to show up.  He did and, if you were present, you left a changed person.  If you did not leave a changed person, and I have no problem saying this, you are not a believer in Jesus Christ.

You can download the message here, but I fear that what you will hear will in no way resemble what took place.  God’s Word is active and living and it certainly pierces to the marrow of our very being.  My wife said (and I agree) that it was as if we were the recipients of the original letter to the Romans.  It was as though Paul was standing in front of us “preaching as a dying man to dying men.”

I am too numb to continue.

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7 Responses to The Spirit of God Showed Up Today

  1. Will Jackson says:

    Terry, you are correct. I took a long lunch at work to come, maybe mostly because of the “fame” factor. But as he started into the 2nd chapter of Romans my heart changed and I mostly just listened checking everyonce in a while to see where he was. When you said, “it was as if we were the original recipients,” you got it right. It’s one thing to read the first 8 chapters through, but to hear them read outloud, together, with meaning was something that brought new eyes to the text.

    May we all strive to never let Gospel Theology be separated from our Missiological Urgency.

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  3. Garrett Wishall says:

    Dr. Platt did an excellent job, not just on Thursday, but all week of saying we need to be Christians who are truly Christians: people who are devoted to following Christ, people who seek to lead others to be devoted followers of Christ (make disciples) and today to be people who truly hunger for and devour God’s Word. In all this, there should be a missions fervor.

    Combining this message with Dr. Moore and Dr. Mohler’s over the past few weeks, we have received truly top of the line exhortation to put our theology into practice.

    Moving forward from here, I am left with the question of how to do this. How can I have a gospel theology that drives missiological urgency in Louisville tomorrow, next week, next month? How can I build a missions awareness into my life to where it is just that: part of my life. My challenge to us (students) is to put into practice what we are hearing, because the step from “wow, that was good” to “I’m applying that now” is one that is usually not taken.

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  5. TJ says:

    I have to be honest – the SBTS chapel services on channel 19 seldom stop my ADD induced channel surfing. Today I stopped when Dr Platt caught my attention. My first thought was: “who is this kid they let take over chapel – he’s good!” Then after listening a while, I realize he isn’t just preaching from his heart, but he’s quoting Romans as if it is a fresh thought from the heart of God.

    YES – gospel theology must ALWAYS be accompanied by urgent missiology!

    May we all carry the burden for reaching the lost like Dr Platt so passionately challenged us!

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  6. tj says:

    Great sermon. May we all strive to know God’s Word in that way. I sure hope all those who stood up before the Lord and before their peers and committed one out of the next 30 weeks to foreign missions, are faithful to their commitment. That was a lot of people!

  7. @tj – it was one week out of the next calendar year. The 30 weeks was the approximate time we are in class. I, too, hope that everyone who stood will follow through. My pastor stood, as did I, and I texted him and told him I was going to hold him accountable to that.

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