Paul declared, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel“(1 Corinthians 9: 16, KJV)! I love to preach the Gospel and to hear sound Gospel preaching. To me, the content of preaching is sharing the Gospel, and the Gospel, in a nutshell, is that … Continue reading Shaping the Sermon
Did you know that Israel was tempted in keeping up with the Joneses. They were still on the roller coaster of morality and obedience that we found in the book of Judges. Even Samuel, who was a great person, could not keep his children in the fear of the Lord. The people who had not given themselves over to other forms of worship asked Samuel … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#32)
Transitions from one part of life to another is never easy. People are resistant to change and are quick to defend against change. Israel went through such a transition. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, an entire generation passed away. God raised up a new leader, Joshua, to take over where Moses left off. It is intimidating to follow someone who has already … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#23)
Check out yesterday’s blog post on the preacher’s library. The questions, “What is the place of Scripture in interpretation” and “What about the leading of the Holy Spirit leading the pastor” arise when talking about using preaching resources. To put it simply, the preacher must hold the Holy Spirit as the great teacher of the Holy Spirit. Without either our preaching is nothing more than … Continue reading Studying Scripture and the role of the Holy Spirit
Our present society places before us the question, “why do we need ministers and preaching?” This leads to frustration among many but what really puts pressure on ministers is the very impossible task of preaching. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save … Continue reading A glorious and difficult task.
The sixth miracle seems similar to the previous healing miracle we saw in chapter 5 where Jesus healed a paralyzed man for 38 years. The movements of Jesus are the same: Jesus healed, disappears, and then reappears. John 9:1-7 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his … Continue reading Seven Sign in John: 6 – A Blind Man Healed
John, the beloved disciple, shared his purpose for writing his Gospel account. He wrote, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31). His presentation of the life of Christ is focused on showing the reader the power and purpose of Jesus. One of the … Continue reading Seven Miracles in John: 1 – Water into Wine