Monthly Archives: July 2013
I love this timely song by Reach Records artist, Derek Minor. It takes an honest look at how the love of money has taken root in the lives of artists, reality television “stars”, business types, etc., and, yes, even some preachers. This is an insidious sin that we all need Jesus to set us free from.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:6-10 – ESV)
In some places and with some people, preaching God’s Word is passé, and even looked upon with disdain.
As preachers, what are we to think about this sentiment and attitude? How should we respond? Should we change our approach to communicating the Word of God to appease people or to make the Scripture more palatable to them?
Obviously, the answer to this last question is a resounding “No!” Why? Because we have been commanded by God to faithfully preach His Scripture: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2 – ESV)
John Piper, Voddie Baucham, and Miguel Nunez give further commentary on this topic in the following video from The Gospel Coalition website:
We are just a little over a month away from our conference season here at Antioch. In September, we are rolling out three conferences that we pray will be life-changing for all those in attendance:
Check out this promo video:
For more information (conference speakers and schedule) and to register, click here!
The defining essence of an expository sermon lies primarily in its content, not its form. But thesis 4 [There is No Such Thing as the Sermon Form] needs to be qualified. Some people disagree with it. They believe that preaching is marked by a certain form, and they should know…So if you drive your homiletical car down a new road, you may be in for a bumpy ride. Davies observes that for many people, preaching is like church bells – an easily recognized and comforting sound that will be tolerated so long as it does not disturb early morning sleep. Howard adds, “Ruts become routines. Routine, carried on in the local church, tends to become ‘righteous.’ Righteous routine becomes unassailably, uncritically rigid – the best and only way to do things. Along come those who want to make a change in this rigidly righteous routine. They may find out that what they propose to change is something that others are deeply attached to and not about to change…Fierce defenders of the established faith are also often fierce defenders of the established format.”
Preaching With Variety: How To Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres by Jeffrey D. Arthurs (pp. 16-17)