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Brook Hills

14 July, 2009

Kevin, Teague, Kate, and I went to The Church at Brook Hills last night. David Platt, the preacher, gave a sermon on Ruth chapter 2. As much as I have qualms about mega-churches, Platt and Brook Hills have sort of broken the mega church mold for me. There are three identical sermons a day from the single location in Meadow Brook, and based on the attendance at last night’s (summer night service) meeting, I would guesstimate that about 4-5,000 attend on any given Sunday. So its a big church, and granted, it pretty much feels like a big church. But the extremely dedicated focus on the teaching of Scripture as the ultimate truth is amazing, especially for such a large church. Many times the large churches draw people in by teaching shallow, non confrontational messages. Many times the large churches keep people coming by telling them that they are good people for coming to that church, and will be blessed by God (total victory). What Platt does is teach people that they are, as the Bible says, we were dead in our trespasses and sins, gratifying the desires of our sinful nature, but God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, made us alive together with Christ, even when we were dead in our transgressions–by grace you have been saved.

On Sunday night, his sermon was titled “The Ministry of Mercy” and it was the second in a series on the book of Ruth. He went through Ruth chapter 2. The title of the series is “Love Story: God’s Epic Tale of Redemption.” The Book of Ruth is actually acclaimed by writers as one of the most beautifully written short-work love stories ever read. Platt’s approach to the sermon, therefore, was reading through the passage, and first, explaining its magnitude verse by verse. He did a great job relating the things in the text that don’t jump out immediately in our culture to us as Americans. He was very passionate about the parts of the text that conveyed extreme emotion, and did a great job of explaining the story in the text. The story in Ruth is one of true Redemption, and there is a wonderful allegory of God’s redemption of man. Platt was able to convey the spiritual meaning of the text as he went through it, adding in some funny one-liners to keep everybody’s attention. When he finished going through the chapter verse by verse, he wrapped it all up by showing the ways the gospel was portrayed in the passage. He highlighted how love was given by Boaz to Ruth, and how love was received by Ruth from Boaz, and how that applies to his church (and all of us who aren’t actually members).

I don’t know how the church functions as a body of believers, because I am not a member there, but I was extremely impressed with Platt’s dedication to the Scripture, and his passion in teaching it. I would hope that they have a good discipleship network that keeps the members accountable, and is able to make sure the church is applying the strong truths that Platt is teaching on Sundays. So all in all, this is my statement of being impressed with the Church at Brook Hills. The real deal is even better than the podcast, which is awesome.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 July, 2009 10:07

    Hey man. Great post. I went to a youth minister’s conference this summer at SW Seminary and David Platt was there. I mean, MAN! He was proclaiming some truth. He was awesome to hear. I’m glad I got that opportunity.

  2. Michael Boyd permalink
    31 July, 2009 00:02

    My wife and I started listening to him after we were turned on to him on the blog Provocations and Paintings. We now regularly listen to him online. We were at the same service you were at and it was great. We watched the other sermons online. He reminds me of John Piper. If you have not checked out his “Radical Series” you have got to do it! My wife and I live in Tuscaloosa and drive to B’ham to church and if it were not for a commitment to another local church would go to Brookhills.

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