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Secret Church 20: God, Government, and the Gospel

We on the Calvary Bible Church missions leadership team are excited to announce our second annual Secret Church delayed live stream event. 

(Please note the above video shows the event's live date from last month.)


Viewing Options

Option #1: The simulcast (audio only) is now available in a limited version for FREE on Vimeo

Option #2: Calvary Bible Church has already purchased 50 books with the appropriate license to download the full and unedited version. In light of current events, we are offering those 50 books with streaming license for FREE to the first 50 from our congregation who respond.

Contact the church office to request a book and license link.


This Year's Topic

(direct quote from their website

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1).

But what if you don’t agree with who those authorities are and how they are governing? How does this apply to different types of governments in different parts of the world? How does this command apply to the persecuted? In summary, how should Christians relate to government? Should we gladly submit to government, work to change government, or both, or neither? And what do Christians do when they disagree about political positions and personalities, cultural concerns and challenges?

Secret Church 20 will explore how the gospel transforms the way followers of Jesus relate to governing authorities in any nation for the glory of God in all nations. The purpose of this Secret Church is definitively not to advocate for a political position, party, or candidate in any particular country. The purpose of this Secret Church is to establish biblical foundations for understanding how the character of God and the content of the gospel totally transform the way Christians relate to government.

Along the way, we will examine how these biblical foundations help Bible-believing Christians promote love and preserve unity even when we disagree on policies and politics. Ultimately, we will encourage one another to live faithfully as citizens of heaven while we’re citizens on earth.


What is Secret Church?

If you are not familiar with the yearly Secret Church event, led by David Platt, put simply it is a 6 hour event combining 4 hours of teaching time with information and prayer for a specific under reached people group. For more information about Secret Church, in general, you can visit their website here: What is Secret Church? 


What Should I Expect?

If you have never attended or watched a Secret Church before, you are in for both a treat and a surprise! This is unlike any preaching-type event you may have attended before.

Included in your cost is a study guide, which is a spiral-bound notebook roughly 5"x7", containing 150-200 pages of pre-filled notes, along with blank entries scattered throughout the notes for you to fill out.  Over the course of 4 hours of teaching time we will go through the entire guide. This format of blanks to fill out has been devised to keep you engaged throughout the entire teaching time, while still being able to keep up! When you leave you will have a completed set of notes that you can then study at your leisure.

As they state on their website:

...this deluge of teaching is meant to remind us of the hunger for God’s Word that exists among many underground churches around the world.

With few opportunities to gather and little access to biblical teaching, our persecuted brothers and sisters may meet for eight to twelve hours at a time simply to sing, pray, and study God’s Word. This God-centered focus is a helpful corrective to the desire for entertainment that characterizes many church gatherings in the U.S.


What People Group will be the Focus?

They have not yet announced the group and they may not until the day of.


Will an Offering be Collected?

Secret Church will be collecting an offering for our persecuted brothers and sisters.  CBC will participate in that, and any money given will be sent, in full, to  You will also be able to donate directly to them online. At the day of the event we will provide a collection box, as well as specific information for donating directly.



For questions about the event in general, please contact Ruth Fish in the church office at 818.556.4840 ext. 200.