What Church?-3

Pastors’ methods of sharing the Word of God vary. Sometimes, a verse or short passage is used like a “heading” to whatever the particular pastor wants to say about some subject. Sometimes, it is actual teaching. Some pastors teach the text and that can be helpful. I consider the best method to be expository preaching (at the very least, a pastor should use expository preaching on the text). Expository preaching is verse by verse (usually book by book) content studied, understood, explained, illustrated, challenged and applied. With the Spirit’s illumination and enablement, the one hearing God’s Word should realize that he or she is being impacted by God’s voice speaking to his or her heart and mind. The Psalmist explains: “The entrance of thy Words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130). Our hearts must be motivated and our wills set to listen, learn and apply. If we are not doing this and we know Jesus in a personal relationship as our Lord and Savior, we will experience conviction for not having ears to hear. Stop ignoring, pay attention and obey. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). “Speak, Lord, in the Stillness,” a hymn by E. May Grimes should be our plea, both pastors and people. “Speak, Lord, in the stillness while I wait on Thee; hushed my heart to listen in expectancy. Speak, O blessed Master, in this quiet hour; let me see your face, Lord, feel your touch of power. For the words You speak, Lord, they are life indeed; living bread from heaven, now on my spirit feed! All to You is yielded,  I am not my own; blissful, glad surrender, I am yours alone. Fill me with the knowledge  of your glorious will; all your own good pleasure in your child fulfill.” Selah! We have a holy assignment: preach, teach and listen to the whole counsel of God!        Ron

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