You heard me right. This last Friday, I took my KTL ministry to “Secret Church” at The Church At Brookhills in Birmingham, AL this past Friday night for Good Friday. What is so cool about 4 middle schoolers, 6 high schoolers, a college student, a youth pastor, and one cool dad enjoying an evening together? “Secret Church” is a one-night conference held from 6pm – midnight where the pastor preaches 4 sessions for somewhere over an hour each. This pastor is the man, the myth, the legend…Dr. David Platt. He’s totally one of my favorite pastors. This cat is only 30 years old with more degrees than I have hair! The dude, Dr. David, is super solid theologically, super engaging in his communication, and he just loves preaching on a super awesome God. This particular Secret Church conference was specially on the cross. That’s right, almost six full hours of preaching…just on the event in which we call the cross. And that, my dear and gracious readers, is why its so amazing that we all enjoyed an evening together!
I’ve never seen students so pumped up, riveted, and able to rehash back to me such rich theology. Dr. David talked about the cross historically by what exactly happened physically in this cross event. He talked about the cross biblically by how the cross event related to all of Scripture. He talked about the cross theologically by what the cross means spiritually. I was such a thankful student pastor that my students loved to hear all of the awesome aspects of the cross…and they listened intently for ever minute of the several hours of preaching.
Honestly, I’m really wanting to get the rest of our student ministry to a Secret Church conference which happens about twice a year. I also, definitely, want to get my college ministry there, too! Who would show up for a conference from 6pm – midnight where a pastor preaches almost every minute on super deep doctrine from the Word of God? Try about 3,000 people on for size! It’s that good, yall.
Lastly, I gotta brag on my KTL boys a little more. By the way, our KTL ministry is our boys who have either received the call to full-time ministry, or they are seriously trying to discern whether or not that’s what God wants for their lives. So, we drove back from Birmingham which was about a two hour drive. As soon as we got back into town, we stopped at a Waffle House at about 2:45 early Saturday morning. We talked about everything we learned there. We then came to my house to sleep for a couple of hours (some slept less and some not at all – Seth!). Then these boys who are so studious to listen to pastor rail them for an hour on the cross, got up after little to no sleep, and worked for nearly 8 hours at the church during a very intense church-wide work day. Now that is being a real man…loving Jesus, growing in His Word, and being a hard worker. Shout out to my KTLites!