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I suspect David Platt’s sermon at T4G (April 2012) will be used of God in a similar way that John Piper’s “Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain” has been used since October 1996.

Ligon Duncan said that it was the best sermon on missions he has ever heard. John Piper tweeted, “This may have been the most powerful missions message I’ve ever heard. I needed to be quiet with God.”

You can listen to the audio, read the notes, or watch it below.

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28 thoughts on “One of the Best Sermons on Missions You’ll Ever Hear”

  1. Susan Meadows says:

    I sit at the feet of this godly man every Sunday at my home church – Brook Hills. He is a blessing. Without him I would have never gone anywhere. I have been out of the country 3 times on missions. I know now that we should be compelled to go. It is a command.

  2. Doug Davis says:

    What a wonderful and devastating message! Praise God!

  3. Rajed Dacasin says:

    We needa get David Platt on the TGC Council! Hahaha.

  4. Luma says:

    Justin, I didn’t know where else to leave a note for you. You had recommended that I read Thomas Schreiner’s “40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law.” I just finished with it right now. It was excellent!! I find myself very much in agreement. It is comforting but a little scary. I have questions and I’m not sure where to go from here. I think I may sit and write out a diagram for myself on what I believe theologically…

    I don’t know if you will see this comment, but I wanted to say thank you so very much for the book recommendation.

    Now, I think I’ll watch this David Platt sermon.

  5. What a remarkable sermon!!!!!!! I love the Sovereignty of God!!!! Thank you, David Platt!

  6. Mark says:

    Yes! YES! Pastors, leaders, let’s preach it and live it! Help us, dear Lord.

  7. AGREE!

    God kindly ruined me with this message. It rocked me more than other message this week @ T4G

  8. Chris L. says:

    I am provoked to deep thought with David comment on; “There are Paul type of people and Timothy type of people.”
    I am asking my self, what type of person am I? I have an inward call to preach, I think at times it is Pastoral but other times mission.

    Really good sermon.

  9. Is this message available for our iphones?

  10. Mike Gantt says:

    But which gospel shall we take to the nations: the gospel of churchgoing or the gospel of Christ?

    1. Daryl Little says:


      You’d probably have to be a Christian to understand.

      Based on what you’ve said you believe in previous com-boxes, you need to repent and believe.

  11. MMA says:

    I hate to say that I don’t have nearly as positive a reaction to this message as many others seem to have had. It seems to me a message that though in many ways theologically true is tragically out of touch with the very real questions and challenges facing global mission today. There is not a hint of the challenge of foreign governments and the political and legal issues that honestly and overwhelmingly face any person serious about international mission. There is no discussion of the way in which Muslim and Hindu cultures react so violently to conversion, and how the church should approach this. There is no mention of the incredible difficulty of evangelism in every single country of the MIddle East (and many other parts of the world). There is no mention of how and whether Christians can dialogue with other religions, though this is a pressing matter for anyone in the field. There is no mention of whether there is anything positive within the cultures of other religions, rather he just makes sure to clarify that most or all of these people are going to hell. There is no mention of the many ancient churches that still exist in many parts of the world, and how to relate to them. There is no discussion of whether the mission of the church is larger than evangelism though anyone reading the history of missions knows that education and medical care have been critical to any place Christians have made real progress. It is true that you can’t handle all of these matters in one message. Nonetheless, for me it suggests how out of touch evangelical theology is with the reality of global mission over the last two centuries.

    1. Andrew McClurg says:

      I think that most of the pastors in that room were well aware of the “very real questions and challenges facing global missions today.” Many times, those realities tend to paralyze people, or lead them into compromises, such as “secret discipleship.” Platt’s message is plain: God’s sovereignty is what allows us to defy governments, languages, violent persecution, implacable resistance, etc. This truth is completely “in touch” with the reality of global missions.

      1. mma says:

        I imagine many pastors present were probably well versed in biblical teaching about God’s sovereignty. If what church leadership in the US mostly needs in relation to world mission is a reiteration of those truths, then David Platt certainly provided it. I wouldn’t expect Platt to deal with every serious missiological question that is daily life for most missionaries working in the “closed” regions of the world. I do think the message could have reflected a deeper appreciation of them.

  12. kevin c. says:

    wanting to listen to it again, but after hearing it the first time live and feeling it still lingering in the air, so to speak, the following day…i’m wondering if it’s not the best sermon i’ve ever heard, period. the exposition [drawing everything out of the passage that was there (and it was all truly there)], the passion/sincerity, the organization (not that bad content could be overcome with good organization, but this was excellent content artfully packaged), the delivery, the result [best gauged over the long haul, but you could just tell it steamrolled people (in a good way)]…everything. very powerful.

  13. Luma says:

    Our whole family sat around and watched it. We’re still trying to digest everything. I ordered Radical. I wasted too many years nitpicking over other brothers and sisters in Christ. I just want to say how grateful I am for The Gospel Coalition, for all the pastors that blog here, for the work being done, for all the writers and the editors. I’m not putting anyone on a pedestal. I just want to say a sincere “thank you.” Our entire family is flourishing spiritually because of what my husband and I read here and/or linked from here. (Not to diminish in the least the excellent teaching we receive from our hard-working local pastor.)

    Thank you.

  14. MJ says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. We’ve just watched this from our home where we live and serve among the Uyghur people, and unreached group in Central Asia.

    There is so much to take in from this for us personally…

    And we have one small word to share here for the pastors that heard this message, the pastors that want to be changed by this message:

    Could you please view us as WITH YOU in the work of proclaiming the Gospel? My heart is broken for the times when I feel like we’ve been “welcomed” with cautions for how little we should expect of financial giving from a church, or how overextended they already are, or how we’ve been gone so long and here’s the latest on the grandkids of each of the elders back at home with no apparent concern for the work of proclaiming the Gospel in this dark land.
    This is one battle- for the Sovereign King- we are fighting with you….. you there, us here, all for Him. Would you please let us come back for a time with you to pray boldly like this? To be willing to hear of the work, pray for the specific people and needs, send out supporters, provide assistance….. and not see us as competitors or silly folks on the side that are just following our own fancies? This would encourage me (personally) more than any dollar amount that so many pastors seem to fear us ever mentioning (and we won’t- if only you would have noticed this pattern of ours already!?)
    May the Lord grow us all… his whole church…. in the work of reaching the nations together. For His Glory! We here on the frontiers need you there (emotionally, relationally, spiritually… and yes, the ever-feared financially, too.) We are still the Body though far apart, under one universal Head with you.
    Lord…. may we serve,live all for you, in your love, humbly as your body, boldly for your glory!

    1. John says:

      Dear MJ,

      Thank you for your service to our Sovereign King Jesus. May He be glorified in your going and our sending, supporting, praying, and perhaps going as well. Keep up the fight, and know that there are many here who do not see you as competitors or silly at all, but as the front-line soldiers who desperately need our prayers and support in every way. After all, why are we still on the homefront, if not to send and pray and support? If these are not our calling, then the only remaining option for us–as those bought at so great a price–is to go.

      Add me to your email list, and my family will pray–at least.
      andrizesthe dot org at gmail dot com

  15. Kaely says:

    I loved that sermon as well. I have been thinking about it for days.

  16. AMEN!!! My husband and I have been called to Japan as missionaries, specifically to the city of Ishinomaki in the heart of the disaster area. I can testify that the life of a missionary in the 10/40 window is the most joyous, awesome existence I can imagine. If I had 10 more lives, I’d be a missionary in the 10/40 window every time. We are filled with joy to have the privilege of sharing Jesus in a land filled with over 125+ million souls who have never heard of His sweet name. Loved this video and will share it with friends. Thank you, Justin!

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