A Cheap Substitute to Deaden the Pain
Sermon shared by Melvin Newland
Summary: Chuck Swindoll says, "Much of our religious activity today is nothing more than a cheap antiseptic to deaden the pain of an empty life."
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
About Sermon Contributor
MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN, BROWNSVILLE, TX
ILL. Chuck Swindoll says, “Much of our religious activity today is nothing more than a cheap antiseptic to deaden the pain of an empty life.”
Would you say that is true of you? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I come to Church? Why do I sing the songs? Why do I say the prayers? Why do I listen to the sermons? Is it because my life is so empty that I’m searching for something to deaden the pain? Or is it more than that? Why do I come to church?”
Sometimes people say, “I come to church because it makes me feel good! I go home feeling much better after being in church.” I’m always glad to hear that because when you’ve worshiped the Lord, you ought to leave feeling fulfilled, & your relationship with Him ought to be stronger than before.
But I’m a little concerned, wondering what happens when you come to church & you leave not feeling good. Shouldn’t there be something more than just a good feeling?
In this congregation, we strive to communicate the truth of God’s Word. So you’re not going to hear just a little sermonette or devotional designed to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. Sometimes the Word of God convicts, & sometimes it is like a sharp sword that cuts & performs surgery on your inner being.
You see, our goal when we preach is to comfort the disturbed, & to disturb the comfort-able. Sometimes we don’t succeed in doing that. But nonetheless, we’re dedicated to preaching the Word of God. So you may leave here not feeling as good as you did when you came in, because God has forced you to look deep inside yourself.
PROP. So this morning, let’s think about the kind of preaching & teaching that is more than just a sermonette or devotional.
I. THE FOUNDATION OF BIBLICAL TEACHING
A. First of all, what is the foundation of Biblical teaching? You’re right. The foundation
is the Bible. The Bible is to be the basis of our preaching & teaching.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. We believe that the Bible is infallible, that it is inerrant. God Himself settled that a long time ago. If you can believe the first verse of the Bible, that in the beginning God created everything, then you can believe all the rest of it.
Listen to the apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14-16. “But as for you, continue in what you have learned & have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, & how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed & is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
B. Now we’ve always said that we’ll speak where the Bible speaks, & be silent where the Bible is silent. The Bible speaks about some very controversial things, & we’re obligated to speak about them as the Bible speaks.
My opinion doesn’t count. Yours doesn’t either. The only thing that really counts is what God says. So we need to speak where the Bible speaks, & be silent where the Bible is silent.
C. Paul is saying to Timothy, “ …the holy Scriptures…are able to make you wise…” James says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who
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