Summary: How explaining the bible to people can change lives.
A passion for preaching
By Adrian Warnock
Subtitle ‘Why I am obsessed with preaching’
The Japanese eat a low fat diet and have less heart attacks than the British and Americans.
The French eat a high fat diet and have less heart attacks than the British and Americans.
The Japanese drink very little wine and have less heart attacks than the British and Americans.
The Italians drink lots of wine and have less heart attacks than the British and Americans.
Eat and drink as much as you like, it is speaking English that will kill you!
‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words could never hurt me—RUBBISH
We live in an age that devalues words, All about image…..and esp preaching.
‘Its just words’
‘Youre all talk’
Words alone are powerful actually.
Words with the holy spirit are lifechanging.
‘when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.’ 1 Thes 2:13
You may remember sermons, which changed your life.
You may have forgotten sermons, which none the less changed your life.
In true preaching more is done than said
May this sermon be one of those that do something….. PRAY.
Nehemiah 8 and 9
The setting for preaching
All the people ‘gathered as one man’. Many today don’t go to church. I believe in God they say, but you can keep your church. Bloggers I know who say the church is in a mess- they are right. But we must work to reform the church, and to do that we need to gather….
‘Men and women and all who could understand what they heard’ v2
‘God has decided he will manifest his glory through the church= gathering of people ‘as one man’ to hear the same, to think the same, to act the same (not as clones, but according to the same principles. Eg Colin and Tope- very different people, very different styles, very different leadership styles but ‘as one man’- hard to get a piece of paper between them
It is this gathering of God’s people under the word of God who He has chosen to reveal his glory through.
NO PLAN B Not through the internet, through blogs, through books, worship CDs, Christian TV, even dare I say the Passion.
All those things SERVE the church, but it is the church that is Gods passion
Watching the Passion without a preacher to explain it to you will help no one.
EPH 3:7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Why did they gather? To hear God’s word preached. There had been a famine of Gods word- just like today.