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Best of 2023: David Platt on How He Has Been Challenged To Stop Following the ‘American Gospel’

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David Platt is the pastor of McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C., and the founder of Radical, an organization that equips Christians to be on mission from where they live to the ends of the earth. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.” His latest book is “Don’t Hold Back: Leaving Behind the American Gospel to Follow Jesus Fully.”

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Key Questions for David Platt 

-How do leaders cultivate genuine unity? How have you gotten that right and wrong, and why is fighting for unity worth the effort? 

-How would you respond to people who say that you are causing the very disunity you are critiquing by speaking out on issues such as social justice

-What are you taking away from your own writing that you think is especially helpful as we think about the next election coming up?

-What are some ways we express inappropriate pride in our own nation?

Key Quotes From David Platt 

“Every book I’ve written has been the overflow of what God is doing in my own heart.”

“Having pastored in metro Washington, D.C., over the last five years, especially amidst everything going on in our country, I’m convinced that it’s not just an American dream that was consuming our lives. It was an American gospel that was hijacking our hearts.”

“The biblical gospel exalts Jesus above everything in this world. And we’ve exchanged that biblical gospel for an American gospel that prostitutes Jesus for the sake of comfort and power and politics and prosperity in our country. And I think the effects of that are all around us.”

“I just think that discouragement and disillusionment is the fruit of a false gospel, that if we would get back to the beauty of the biblical gospel and who Jesus is, it would have major effects in our lives and the church and in the world around us.”

“I think that’s where I’ve been challenged in my own life, that there are issues in God’s Word that I’ve not faithfully addressed in the past, that I’ve found myself addressing.”