Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A new quarter begins...

Just wanted to post an updated picture of our Pastors... As you may know, I
am teaching on preaching this quarter and it is off to a GREAT start. As I
was preparing for the class, I was wondering which books I should read:
Piper, MacArthur, or many of the others on my shelf, when I felt prompted to
ask the question, "First, what does the Bible say about preaching?" So I
used my handy dandy Logos bible software and looked up all the greek words
related to preaching and I found like 400 verses... So, I went through them
one by one and put them in categories... What was preached? Who preached?
Why preach? Where preach? When preach? How preach? And what an enlightening,
eye-opening, exciting study it has been for me and the pastors to get back
to the basics... Monday and today we are going through "How should I
preach?"

Here are just a few of the verses to show the insight we have received so
far:
The question is "how do we preach" and the answer is by...

By seeking to please God
1 Thess 2:4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted
with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests
our hearts.

By speaking in Christ
Rom 16:25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my
gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the
mystery that was kept secret for long ages

By allowing the Spirit to speak through us
Matthew 10:20 - 20For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father
speaking through you.

By living what we preach
Hebrews 13:7 - 7Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of
God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

By teaching them how to do the word.
John 13:17 - 17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

By careful study and faithfulness to the Word(s) of God
2 Timothy 2:15 - 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

By preaching with Courage and Boldness
1 Thessalonians 2:2 - 2But though we had already suffered and been
shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to
declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.

With desire and a passion to speak
Acts 21:39 - Paul replied, "I .am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen
of no obscure city. . I beg you, permit me to speak to the people."

We should rebuke, remind, reprove and exhort and warn
Titus 2:15 Declare these things; . exhort and rebuke with all
authority. Let no one disregard you.

So we are going through verse by verse and you can see the verse resonating
with the pastors as the priority and power and purpose of preaching (nice
alliteration, huh?) are flowing out of the word of God into their souls...

So pray for my pastors, that they may continue to work hard with all their
might in studying and yet be filled with the Spirit to speak God's words
despite a very full schedule with many demands...

After we go through the why/how/where etc. we are going to examine some
sermons in the bible and then in February everyone is going to preach. We
have divided the book of Colossians up into small segments and we are going
to preach pastor by pastor through each verse until we finish the book. One
thing I am looking forward to is at the end, to compile all the notes and
make a commentary for the class... How cool would that be?!?!? Action
Pastor's College Commentary on Colossians! Anyway, thanks for your prayers!

1 comment:

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Steve,

This is all really encouraging! I am continually impressed by your enthusiasm with these pastors. Isn't it great when God has called you to do something... and you're LOVING it?!

And - *ahem* - let me help you with one little thing...

So we are going through verse by verse and you can see the verse resonating
with the pastors as the priority and power and purpose of preaching (nice
illiteration, huh?) are flowing out of the word of God into their souls..
.

Okay, brother... you know my motivation, so let me kindly point out to you that alliteration is when all the words start with the same sound, and illiterate is not being able to read and write.

Which is NOT you... but which makes the little spelling mistake just a little bit funnier... my brother :0)

Julie