Have you ever noticed that strange and terrible things are happening in the world? The answer to that question is really obvious. It would be really hard not to notice. But what’s not always obvious is why strange and terrible things are happening. Sometimes things happen and we simply have no answers. One of the most common questions we ask is “Why?” Continue reading An Overview of Habakkuk
The head of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ (; ). He purchased the church with His own blood (; ), He builds the church () and He loves the church (). Continue reading What is an Elder and what does he do? (1 Timothy 3:1)
23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
In God’s blueprint and design of the church He has gifted certain individuals to be teachers of the word of God. This is an important and weighty responsibility that ought not to be considered lightly. For this reason the apostle James counselled his readers, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” ().
It is the preacher’s duty to take the Scriptures and rightly handle them (). He is to carefully, with great precision accurately handle the word of truth. This refers to God’s word, the Scriptures (cf. ). How is this done? This will come a result of one who carefully studies the Scriptures and applies specific principles in interpreting God’s word. This is called exegesis (from a Greek term meaning “to lead out”). Exegesis is the practice of carefully studying the Bible and drawing a conclusion that comes from the passage you are studying. The preacher is to be a diligent workman. This process will involve hard work and time! The preacher/teacher is to be an approved workman who is diligent in handling the truth. Of course, throughout the duration of his study he will need to consult other writers (commentaries etc.) who have given themselves to this practice of biblical exegesis as well. This is will be helpful and encouraging.
At this point, I want to discuss the problem of plagiarism. Many preachers and teachers seem to bypass the process of study by simply crafting their sermons by directly using the work of others. What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s words or ideas and making them look like yours. This practice is an issue of theft and trickery. It is wrong for preachers and teachers of the word to neglect their study of the Scriptures and substitute it for plagiarism. Powerful preaching will occur when the man of God, in full dependance on the Lord, gives himself to prayerful study, consults with other men of God and preaches the word. Plagiarism is a poor, lazy and deceitful substitute.
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TGC Asks Don Carson: When Has a Preacher Crossed the Line into Plagiarism in His Sermon?
3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
A few weeks ago it was my privilege to preach a sermon on the topic of the Bible’s authority. It was noted that throughout the centuries there has been a consistent attack on the Bible’s authority. When it comes to knowing God’s will, seeking guidance, providing teaching on matters concerning salvation and spiritual growth many are asserting that churches ought to look outside of Scripture. This can be seen by those who embrace and promote personal experience, extra-biblical revelation, mysticism, philosophy, seeker sensitive strategies, and even tradition for solutions to their spiritual problems or for answers to spiritual truths.
In this message two outcomes of the Bible’s Authority were observed. Firstly, we noted the Superiority of Scripture. Knowing that throughout the ages many great books have been written and that they have provided encouragement to people and insight into certain facts. What makes the word of God superior? Continue reading The Bible’s Authority
Here is an excerpt from a fantastic article from The Briefing on preaching sermons and listening to sermons entitled: “The dilemma of preaching and hearing God’s word” by Peter Greenwood. The whole article can be read here.
“How do we ‘hear’ a sermon, as opposed to merely being entertained by one? Why do we prefer the ‘application’ of the text, to the ‘understanding’ of the text? And why do we yearn for the ‘take home’ message?
We live in a fast-paced world of instantaneous news, fast food, and information at our finger tips, in the shape of smart-phones, computers, or whatever the latest gadget might be. In this world, we are Continue reading Listening to the Sermon
Let’s face it – not every Pastor is a C.H. Spurgeon; that’s why they called him the “Prince of Preachers”. No, unfortunately, it takes effort to listen to some Pastors.
Here’s 10 hints to improve your Pastor’s preaching.
HINT #I –Take your Bible to church and follow along whilst it is being read and referenced by the Pastor. This is what the Bereans did in Acts 17:11.
HINT #II – Take a notebook to church and take notes as the Pastor preaches. Write down his main points with Scripture references. Write down the phrases he uses that you think are memorable, or touch your heart. This is worship. Remember, the reason for gathering together in our church services each week is to worship God. Preaching and listening to the message is perhaps the most important part of worship.
Continue reading How to Improve Your Pastor’s Preaching