What’s A Church to Be?-2

I consider preaching to be the centerpiece of any genuine church. The music, the tithes and offerings, the people’s hearts, Scripture reading, even the Sunday School should all climax with a strong exposure to what God has said in His Word. Having said that, however, let me assert that it must be the right kind of preaching. The portion shared must have preached to the preacher before it is preached to his hearers. The preacher must be sure that he is but the channel. Only as God speaks, using this channel, will the message be as God intends. The man in the pulpit must avoid any watering down of the message. Yet, while the message will convict, teach, challenge, exhort, encourage, etc. it will always be tempered by God’s love and grace. By the way, preachers must be full of that love for and grace toward God’s people. He must reflect God’s heart. In II Timothy 3:16-17, we are told what preaching is to accomplish. A list is given which is worth studying. Ephesians 4:12 gives the responsibility of Godly leaders. Paul explained that that responsibility was, “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying (building up) of the Body of Christ.” (See also Verses 13-16). William W. How in his hymn, “O word of God Incarnate.” pens these thoughts, “O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky; we praise Thee for the radiance that from the hallowed page, a lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.” Selah! Preachers who are clean channels that the Holy Spirit will use to bring God’s Word to bear on the flock will be blessed and a blessing!    Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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