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Things I Like, Part 4 (Preaching God’s Word)

April 25th, 2008 Posted in sermons

Earlier, I mentioned that I love preaching. I would even have to say that I am something of a “preaching junkie!” Probably a poor choice of words, I know.

What I am trying to say is I love to hear the Word of God preached. Personally, I really like to listen to Chuck Swindoll’s program, Insight for Living, every day on my iPod nano, among others.

In some churches, preaching is seen as something that is outdated, from another time. But the early Church, the Church that changed the world, had lots and lots of preaching and teaching. Acts 2:42 tells us, “they continued in the apostles’ doctrine.”

If anyone could have wanted to live in their past, or rest on their laurels, it would have been these first-century Christians. After all, they had experienced the phenomenon of the Day of Pentecost together!

But they did not try to live in experiences, as wonderul as those can be when they happen. Instead, they concentrated on Bible study!

Why? Because they were indeed “Spirit-filled!” A Spirit-filled believer will be a Bible-studying believer. These believers studied and they preached to reach their culture.

Listen, PREACHING is God’s primary way of reaching lost people. The apostle Paul reminded us, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21 NKJV).

Yes, God can BE KNOWN and made known through preaching!

I have been reading a great little book called Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be). It is written by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Gluck.

I found this quote in their book from a leader in the Emergent Church: “To say Scripture is the Word of God is employing a metaphor. God cannot be thought of as literally speaking words, since they are an entirely human phenomenon that could never prove adequate as a medium for the speech of an Infinite God.”

What?

Another Emergent Church leader wrote, “Our words aren’t absolutes. Only God is absolute, and God has not intention of sharing His absoluteness with anything, especially words people have come up with to talk about Him.”

That could not be more wrong. God wants to be KNOWN by us.

The apostle Paul made knowing God his very life’s purpose. We should do the same.

Take time to study Scripture today and then look for an opportunity to “preach” it to someone who needs to hear it.

6 Responses to “Things I Like, Part 4 (Preaching God’s Word)”

  1. dale says:

    Things i like the gospel!! Greg do you think that some pastors miss the the simple message of the gospel which is not simple! eph 6:17 talks about the sword of the spirit. A power that is seen but not understood understood but not seen. I know and have seen the word of God spoken by you and people cut to the heart and lifes were change by this word (gospel)the sword

  2. Brent says:

    How blessed we are as believers to have free daily access to such an abundance of Godly, relevant preaching and teaching!
    The list of the great men who will join you Greg at the Preach the Word Conference at Harvest in November – all of whom can be heard daily through the internet, radio, and podcasts – is a menu for rich, practical spiritual nourishment.
    But the part I really like is that these men are not just blessed with the gift of gab. They are all real men; men like Greg who have been touched by the hard times of life. Men who can relate to real life. That is also why I believe that “Lost Boy” will be so powerfully used of God.

  3. Pat says:

    Those guys you mention are not nearly as good at explaining things and preaching as you are. Everyone may not agree with all your views about everything, which are very conservative like the guys you mention, but you have a gift for keeping the Gospel front and center and making it real that transcends any disagreement. Imho, any Christian whether Episcopalian, Methodist, Baptist (or nondenominational), Anglican, Congregational, or Presbyterian can get a lot out of listening to your preaching and testimony. Although you are uncompromising about your views, which everyone should respect, and sometimes challenge people, you have a quality that keeps you from becoming dark. Thanks for all you do!

  4. Bob says:

    “Our words aren’t absolutes. Only God is absolute, and God has not intention of sharing His absoluteness with anything, especially words people have come up with to talk about Him.”

    Huh? True, God is big, and awesome; but he also wants real relationship with… US! What about when Abraham entertained God and 2 angels in Genesis 18? Based on this text, it sounds like God wants to be known for sure. Abraham was known as the friend of God. And even though Abraham knew that his guest was God in human flesh, he was not afraid to approach him. I think this is a great picture of the approacableness of God, (he wants to have fellowship with us), and the intimacy he wants to have with us. How amazing is that!

    As much as the whole Emergent Church movement has a tendency to be painted with a broad brush, I think there are some really good things coming from some of the various ‘streams’. But, there are also some very bad things coming out of this movement as well; such as the above mentioned quote.

    The book by DeYoung and Gluck sounds like one I ought to read.

  5. levi says:

    podcasting has made listening to bible studies so easy, I especially love watching video podcasts through the apple tv. you can save your favorites and each week go through a list of amazing Bible studies. Praise God for the tools that make “digital discipleship” so easily accessible.

  6. TERRANCE says:

    Now, I know that this is DEFINITELY OFF-TOPIC, but I listened to LAST FRIDAY’S BROADCAST, which talked about those of us, STILL LIVING AS THE WORLD, AS BELIEVERS, which I’m DEFINITELY NOTORIOUS FOR, but DEFINITELY NOT PROUD OF, who’s hoping to POSSIBLY network with OTHER BELIEVERS, with this VERY SAME STRUGGLE–could anyone help me with any such referal, or something like that?
    By the way, I’m totally blind and using a screen reader, so if you know of any such group that’s screen-reader-compadible, and I’m NOT using a computer, but a PHONE-INTERFACE, INSTEAD, with SCREEN-READING CAPABILITY, THAT would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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