Secret Church 2018

On Friday April 20 we are hosting a simulcast event called “Secret Church”. We invite you to join us for this time of worship, prayer for the persecuted church, and intense Bible study led by David Platt. Tickets are $10 (to cover our costs), and we would encourage you to get your tickets early to ensure we have materials for you.

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This year’s topic is “Cults and Counterfeit Gospels”. 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.

The idea for Secret Church came when David Platt visited a part of the world where Christians regularly face persecution for their faith. Believers in countries like this who have been found worshipping in secret have been shot, burned and imprisoned.

However, it turns out that the vast majority of believers in these situation are undeterred. They risk persecution, and many travel for hours to study the Bible, pray and fellowship. These “church” gatherings usually happen in a home or other small location, and are often done in secret. Pastor and author David Platt observes “These small groups of Christ-followers often meet for many hours in study, prayer and fellowship, as it is dangerous to travel to ‘church’ and they want to make the most of their time together.”

When Platt first traveled to a country where such persecution was normal, he was convicted by the dedication and seriousness of the national believers. They saw their time with other believers in prayer and the Bible as precious. He realized that in the United States, with such a low “cost” for church attendance, we too often approach our gatherings very casually. We don’t want the service to go too long, and prefer to be rather passive in our participation.

In response, he decided to have a gathering called “Secret Church” in Birmingham, Alabama. The idea was to challenge Christians in the United States to meet together for 4-6 hours with the resolve and focused intensity that he had observed in these other countries. Additionally, he wanted to take time to pray intentionally for persecuted Christians in other parts of the world. Those are the two key elements of Secret Church–intense, focused Bible study and prayer for the persecuted Church.

This gathering has since become a regular event, happening once or twice a year, and “Secret Church” has expanded beyond Platt’s former church in Alabama to simulcast locations around the country. And this year it will be right here in Great Bend. Grace Community Church will be simulcasting Secret Church 18 on Friday, April 20. This event is open to the community, and it will run from 6pm-Midnight.

Click here to get your tickets. More info about Secret Church is available at secretchurch.org.