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Things I Like, Part 3

April 24th, 2008 Posted in holidays, sermons

Preaching

I love preaching. Yes, I know that I am a preacher, so you would expect that. But not all preachers necessarily love to preach. In fact, for some, it is something they dread (and it’s probably the same for those who have to listen to them).

But I love to preach, or tell others what the Bible says. To those of us called to this, He says:

“Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:2-3 NLT)

The King James Version translates that last sentence as “They will have ‘Itching ears,” or literally, “an itch for novelty.”

That is such an accurate description of the times in which we are living today. People are always looking for something “new” and novel or something that will make them feel better about themselves.

But here is something to consider — If it’s new, it’s not true, and if it’s true, it’s not new!

We really don’t need something “new.” We need to get back to the Word of God.

Preach the Word Conference at Harvest

This is why we are doing the a special conference on preaching here at Harvest Christian Fellowship in November. It will be a call to return to Bible exposition, featuring some of the nation’s best Bible teachers.

Chuck Smith, Chuck Swindoll, John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, James Mcdonald, Jack Graham, James Meritt, and Bob Coy will all be speaking.

You will not want to miss this, if you are called to communicate God’s Word. You don’t have to be a “preacher,” per se, but someone who feels called to bring God’s Word to others.

You may be a pastor, Sunday School teacher, or lead a home Bible study. You qualify!

Thoughts on Preaching

I want to talk a bit about preaching for a few blog entries, but let me just say a couple of things today.

A preacher is to preach the Bible with conviction.

It’s been said, “If there is a mist in the pulpit, there will be a fog in the pew.” Some preachers think their job is to share their doubts, instead of their faith. You do not find this in the Bible.

We are to teach the Word as absolute truth without apology.

What is preaching?

Martin Lloyd Jones said it is “logic on fire!” In other words, preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire!

Yet, there are some preachers who are so BORING! They can take dynamic passages and somehow drain them of life.

Some preachers are all content but no passion. Other preachers are all passion,but no content.

We need BOTH!

C.H. Spurgeon wrote, “There must be light as well as fire.” Some preachers are all light and no fire, while others are all fire but no light.

What we need is both fire and light! What do you think?

11 Responses to “Things I Like, Part 3”

  1. Greg says:

    The conference will be open to both men and women. More details will be coming soon.

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,
    My name is Heather. I am writing all the way from Pennsylvania. My husband was so excited that you were going to be in Philly at Pastor Joe’s church this past week, but he ended up being sick and was unable to get there.
    The reason I’m writing is that I am wondering if you could comment back here in regard to my post or even post more about this preach the word conference on your blog? I very much would like to be able to surprise my husband with airline tickets so that he can attend. I am wondering the dates. (?) This is something that I know would bless his socks off! He already has heard about it and b/c he is feeling the Lord’s call on his life what an awesome event to be able to attend and be edified by. We’ve been praying about and looking into the school of ministry out there, but right now we are just praying and waiting on the Lord…..it’d be quite a move and we certainly don’t want to go until we truly know that it’s the Lord’s leading and not just our own longing.
    Thank you for the awesome example that you are to so many, including my own husband.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  3. Pat says:

    Greg,

    Light and fire? Yep. Nobody knows more about preaching than you do. You are probably the best preacher I have ever heard, which explains why Harvest has become so huge that it’s like going to a baseball game, including the parking lot jam. Hearing from you how you do it, and how important it is to you, is just great.

  4. Anne says:

    I was really excited about the conference, but Abbey did raise a good question earlier if women could go. I would really like my husband and I to go since more and more people are asking us questions and asking us to read the Bible with them.

  5. Tony/"Randy" & Janice says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,
    We just wanted to write a quick note and let you now what’s happening.
    As of December we haven’t been able to attend church regularly because my Dad (Randy’s) had to be put on hospice and come to live with us. However, we’ve been watching church regulary at our own “Satelite Church” in our home here in Fontana. Seriously, we hook up the Laptop to the Big Screen and we wheel my Dad in and we all sit and watch it, we’ve even had a few “visitors”. It’s so nice to be able to see it live, it really helps us to feel like we’re still a part of the church. It’s almost like sitting out in the Courtyard. Of course it’s not quite as good as actually being there, but it is a great blessing to have the capabilities to stay connnected in this way. Thanks to all who work so hard to make this happen…

  6. 1040 says:

    Having been part of Harvest for almost 30 years, my wife and I are blessed to have you as our pastor-teacher/preacher. Not only have you grown during that time but we have as well! But preaching starts with a burden and you Pastor Greg have it, especially for the youth. With a gift of communicating the gospel, without compromise, it’s exciting to see God at work through you and we are the beneficiaries of witnessing a modern second book of Acts literaling unfolding before our very eyes. Thank you Greg for your obediance, faithfullness, and telling it like it is. Looking forward to hearing more of your testimony on a Special Day Seven and of course preaching the gospel!

  7. Abbey says:

    I have a question: Is the Preach the Word Conference for men only? I haven’t heard one way or the other (maybe I missed it). “Sunday School teachers” leads me to think that maybe women can come. Is this true, or am I correct that this is only for men?

  8. Rob O. says:

    Pastor Greg,
    Thank you for being an obedient and faithful servant, and using the gifts wisely, in order to bring honor and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!! I have been going through a very discouraging period with a large church that, in my discernment, has begun to fall into a compromising direction. I have sought and received wise/biblical counsel from many of your pastors, and I greatly appreciated it. The one standing Truth, however, is God’s word, and then prayer! This has given me peace, has taken away my disappointment and has led me to deeper revelations of our Lord. I am grateful to have your church, your webcasts and your ongoing wisdom to supplement my walk. Thank you!

  9. Jason says:

    “Some preachers are all content but no passion. Other preachers are all passion,but no content.

    We need BOTH!”

    I could not have said it any better myself!

    After growing up in the Riverside area, (some 30 years to be exact) that is the one thing missing, and sorely lacking here in Kingman. For the past two years, we have visited many of the churches, and have yet to find a pastor who conveys both knowledge and passion. I’m sure there is one, but we have not found him yet.

    What is the price of moving, when you leave the likes of Revival Christian Fellowship, and Harvest, incalculable!

    Will the conference be on the web also? Or available on DVD?

  10. Jeff says:

    I agree.. I have been to many different Churches and I think the congregation useally fits the pastor who is preaching…Show me a preacher who is on fire and in line with the word of God and it is reflected in the congregation…If a pastor is asleep at the pulpit Then there is something lifeless about that congregation… Hey that could maybe be a book title for Pastors…asleep at the pupit hahaa.. okay maybe not…I identified with you the day I tuned in to you on the radio and one of the first things I heard you say was why do things that are Christian sometimes seem to be lame or are half done…You said they should be the best… cutting edge always as well presented as things in the secular world. And I was like YES!!!! And I have been listening to you ever since. I work in radio broadcasting and I produce and create the sound of radio stations.. It is rare to hear a Christian radio station as produced as well as secular one…maybe one day I can do that…I think all of this goes along with fire and passion for God and then ofcourse making sure it is all done in truth to the word of God.

  11. Bob says:

    AMEN Greg! We need men who are both knowledgeable and passionate in the pulpit. You are both; and I might add, you consistently bring the Word of God in a simple, practical, yet poignant way. THANK YOU for your faithful years of service to Jesus! BTW, where do I sign up for the conference? It will be off the hook!

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