Tag: Preaching

Perseverance & the Prominence of Preaching (Luke 4:31)

Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. (Lk. 4:31)

At first glance this verse may seem simply informational; however, upon considering its immediate context it’s rather astonishing. The formerly marveling hometown crowd (vs.22) turned murderous and sought to make the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry become the end by throwing him over a cliff (vs. 28-29). Despite their anger and effort, Jesus miraculously escaped their clutches, passed through the midst of them, and went His way (vs.30). The question then becomes: what did He do next?

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Avoid These “So-Called” Christian Sayings (Volume II)

That’s a dead church’. This expression can also take on similar forms, such as: “That church is dead” or “The Holy Spirit is not in that church”. Granted, there are churches that fit the description of Sardis (Rev 3:1), but all too often this expression is not found on the lips of someone who is saying that a church has forsaken the true Gospel and the preaching of Scripture; rather, it’s often simply someone’s way of saying that, by their standards, ‘the people are just too quiet’, ‘no one raises their hands when they sing’ or ‘they only spend 15 to 20 minutes singing songs’.

So… they’re dead?

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Avoid These “So-Called” Christian Sayings (Volume I)

Now, by way of disclaimer, let me say that there are situations where the sayings may apply. The purpose of this exhortation, however, is to address the times in which people often apply these sayings in places where they should not.

He’s not anointed” – This saying may also take the form of the following expression, ‘He doesn’t have the anointing.’ The idea being – the person who is speaking or singing or preaching doesn’t have, according to the person making the statement, the power of the Holy Spirit working through them. This saying is incredibly problematic because it is almost always slung from one Christian at another, and, according to the New Testament every Christian is anointed.

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When Blessings Become Burdensome (Jeremiah 7:1-4)

Now we come to a slight transition in the book of Jeremiah. Accompanying the transition is a specific mission at a specific location prompted by the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord (vs.1). We are not told the exact date of this oracle; however, if it is the same occasion that’s recorded in Jeremiah 26, it occurred “in the beginning of the reign of” Jehoiakim (26:1). But that may simply be another temple sermon delivered at a subsequent time. But while the date is in question the location is not.

The LORD told Jeremiah, “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word” (vs2.a). You heard right – God told Jeremiah to stand at the gate of the Lord’s house, likely meaning – the east gate through which the public would enter and exit the temple courts. It was there, to the throngs of worshipers, perhaps on a feast day, that Jeremiah was to proclaim the forthcoming message. Not an easy platform for the prophet. Open-air preaching has its challenges in and of itself but to stand at the gate of the temple, with the message that Jeremiah was given, is akin to standing in the front of a church building rebuking the worshipers as they enter on a Sunday morning.

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