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Theological Matters & Unity

When I was a boy, I was raised in the Assemblies of God.  My family attended an AG church that was miles from us and we would wake up on Sunday mornings and drive over an hour to church.  We did it twice on Sunday and then again on Wednesday evening.  Eventually they planted an AG church on our side of town and we ceased driving that far.

In those days, our AG churches were clearly AG.  Every AG church had the name “Assembly of God” somewhere in their name.  Whether it was Airport Assembly of God, Trinity Assembly of God, Calvary Assembly of God, Northeast Christian Assembly of God, etc., the name “Assembly of God” was incorporated into the church.  I remember the first AG church to not use “AG” in their name (Christian Outreach Center) and it was controversial to say the least.  I remember hearing people say that COC was compromising and they were moving away from being Pentecostal.

Fast forward to today.  In my city there are about 10 AG churches.  Only two have the AG name.  COC is gone but after COC, other churches begin to drop the AG name.  This moved started in the late 1990’s when Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Church was making its rounds among AG pastors.  Soon they too were dropping the AG name in favor of “community church” names or just “Trinity Church.”

Now in fairness, I don’t think they all did this to be popular.  Some would still gladly claim to be AG while not using AG in their names.  Some were pragmatic and did see the “community church” movement and jumped in.  I see it a different way and I’ll explain in this post.

First, in the late 1990’s there were two “moves” among the AG churches I was familiar with.  There was the revival movement coming out from Brownsville Assembly in Pensacola, FL.  Many thought Brownsville would drop the AG name or even leave the Assemblies of God altogether but they never did and still remain to this day in the AG with the name “Brownsville Assembly of God.”  The Brownsville revival died out around 2002 and the other stream took over.  This was the Rick Warren stream.  Warren had even been invited to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the first non-Pentecostal speaker ever to the Assemblies of God.  Warren did not know it but he became the chief of church growth to many in the AG churches.  I still remember pastors at AG ministers meetings I would attend in those days all boasting about reading and implementing Warren’s purpose driven styles.  Some AG pastors I knew were even following Warren’s preaching style to the point of wearing Hawaiian shirts like Warren did.  They dropped preaching out of the King James Version in favor of the New Living Translation because of Warren.

Secondly, this led to churches uniting around methodology and not theology.  When I was a boy, the Assemblies of God were clearly Pentecostal churches.  Our church was very Pentecostal in the worship and in the preaching.  I remember talking to my father about the Baptist or Presbyterian churches and he would tell me they were indeed Christians but they didn’t know much about the Holy Ghost.  Pentecostal theology was vital.  I still remember hearing a Pentecostal pastor preach, “I fear the day when we will be Pentecostal in theology but not experience.”  At every turn, Pentecostal theology was taught and emphasized.  When a person got saved at our church, they were baptized in water and they told to seek God for the Holy Ghost.  The wording might be wrong but they clearly knew their theology even if you don’t agree.

Fast forward to today.  Most AG churches I am familiar with no longer emphasize doctrine at all.  In fact, doctrine is often avoided at all costs.  I personally have had an AG pastor tell me that theology does not matter.  He felt doctrine was not livable and so he wanted to preach “life application sermons” rather than theology to his church.  Where does this come from?  Rick Warren!

I had another AG pastor friend who was going to plant an AG church.  What did he do?  In the old days, the AG’s would set up a tent and have the preacher hold tent meetings.  This would usually draw small crowds at first and the preacher would preach on the need of the people to be saved and baptized in the Holy Ghost.  Those who came and got saved or baptized in the Spirit were then included in the new church plant.  The preacher would work until the church could support him (most stayed bi-vocational their entire lives).  Now AG church planters usually get some money from the District and plant the church.  They will attend numerous church growth conferences to learn the latest gimmicks to church growth.  Gone are the days of fasting and prayer (though they say they still pray).  In my friends case, he traveled to all sorts of churches many of them non-AG to learn their gimmicks.  At one point I asked him (after he traveled to a large seeker church in the West) why he would want to learn from them since they are theological different than the AG’s?  He replied, “Because they are growing and we can learn from them.”  The bottom line is this: growth is desire and whoever is growing is who we look to.  Theology is not the issue.  Prayer and preaching is not the issue.  Pragmatism is.

Now my point here is not to boaster the Assemblies of God.  I have no dog in the fight.  I am simply observing the church world from the bleachers.  I understand the desire of pastors to be full-time.  I was there.  I am thankful I am not now.  The pressure to grow your church (and yes its viewed as “your” church) is immense.  Rather than learning how to preach, how to pray, how to fast, how to evangelize, etc. the emphasis is on the latest gimmicks to get people in the door.  My friend above who planted an AG church uses every gimmick you can imagine from dropping Easter eggs from helicopters (thanks to Steven Furtick for that gimmick) to offering free movie tickets to attendees to giving away a new car.  All gimmicks designed to get people in the door.  Once they are there, he preaches goofy sermon series’ designed to “get them hooked to church.”  Sin, repentance, holiness, even AG doctrines such as the baptism in the Spirit are not emphasized.  Their “worship”service is am emotional rollercoaster full of sappy love songs to Jesus and make you feel like your a 14 year old at a junior high school dance rather than church.  And my friend has one goal: numbers.  It’s all about the growth.  His mentors are all seeker sensitive pastors and he idolizes men such as Perry Noble and Andy Stanley.

Go back 50 years and not one AG pastor would have listened to a Perry Noble or Andy Stanley.  Why?  Because they were not Pentecostals!  Pentecostals only listened to Pentecostals in those days.  The attitude was that Pentecostals have the baptism in the Holy Ghost and Baptists do not.

Some see all of this “unity” as good.  I don’t.  Again, I’m not arguing for Pentecostal theology.  In many ways, my theology is more Wesleyan now than Pentecostal.   I still love Pentecostal people and while I do see theological errors among them (mainly among those who claim Pentecostal such as those in the Word-Faith camp), I would not classify myself as Pentecostal.  What I see taking place is not unity around the gospel.  I see unity around methods.  John MacArthur warned that churches today are uniting around methodology and not theology.  I agree.  The lines are not blurred between the distinctives of the Pentecostal movement and those in the Baptist churches.  Yet it is not theological unity that is taking place.  It is emotional experiences that are unifying them.

There is no doubt that Jesus prayed for unity of His body in John 17:22-23.  In 1 Corinthians 1:10 Paul the Apostle emphasized unity in theology.  The people of God are unified who have been saved by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:14-21).  Jesus is Head over His Church (Colossians 1:15-20).  Jesus also knows those who are His own (John 10:27; 2 Timothy 2:19).  Unity in the local church must be around theology.  We must know what we believe and speak the same beliefs.  Obviously, as sinful humans, we are not perfect in our understanding and we all need correction.  This is why we need the church.  The church helps us to know what we believe and maintain that belief through faithfulness and good works (Hebrews 10:23-25).  The elders of the church help us to obtain this unity by teaching us the Word of God (Ephesians 4:11-16).  Doctrine does matter (1 Timothy 4:16).

The balance of all this is to have both sound doctrine (Titus 2:1) and sound experiences.  I don’t want to go to church to hear a theological lecture every time.  We need a balance of sound doctrine with practical living.  Notice this is how Paul taught in his epistles.  He would teach theology and how to put it into practice.  For example, Ephesians is six chapters.  The first three chapters of Ephesians are theological in nature.  The last three are application in nature.  Our theology transforms our lives for better or for worst.  This is why Paul would issue such a condemnation as in Galatians 1:6-9 over the issue of the gospel.  Without sound doctrine, the gospel is lost.  Salvation is gone.  The Lordship of Jesus is robbed.  Life is hopeless.

My friends, I urge you to pray for the Church of Jesus Christ.  Pray for God to show us the need for sound doctrine.  Pray for the Lord to us godly elders who are not leading for gain but for the love of Christ (1 Peter 5:1-5).  Peter the Apostle wrote in 1 Peter 4:8, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”  I want all this for myself and the church of God.

May the Lord be glorified in and among His Church!

Mere Christianity?

Dr. James White often refers to what he calls the “mere Christianity” movement where people try to make Christianity as small as you can make it.  In the 2000 years of the Church, orthodoxy has been the standard for what is deemed as Christian.  I grant you that at times this has not always been clear and sometimes people made non-essentials as essentials of the gospel.  In our day, mere Christianity has come to simply believe that if you affirm Jesus, you are a Christian.

I have been following a blogger for some time who I have seen him drifting this way.  His view is that Jesus is what matters yet it seems to me that he does not care what people believe about Jesus so long as they say they love Jesus and desire to follow Him.  While this blogger seems to affirm that the Bible is the Word of God (though I’m not sure if he holds to inerrancy or infallibility), he often muddles the water by using the liberal “red letter Christian” mantras.  It is as if this blogger makes Jesus someone that we should merely copy (and by that I mean be a hippie and be focused on “peace and love man”).  This blogger even has been writing about how he has seen Jesus in a Muslim friend of his and how this Muslim has taught him more about Jesus than many Christians.

This is the mere Christianity movement.  There is no focus on the doctrine of Christ nor about His atonement.  There is little emphasis placed on His perfection for our salvation.  There is nothing said about His death, His resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He lives to make intercession for the saints.  There is nothing said about His coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead.  In fact, mere Christianity makes Jesus just someone that we should copy and imitate to have a better life.  Jesus becomes nothing more than a “great teacher” along with other “great teachers.”  Jesus’ own declarations are ignored.

I don’t assume that someone is a Christian simply because they name the name of Jesus.  Jesus Himself said that many would come in His name (Matthew 24:4-5).  John the Beloved wrote that many antichrists had come (1 John 2:18).  Antichrists are false christs.  Paul the Apostle issued curses on those who preach a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).  Thus we can see that there are false christs and false gospels.

Not everyone who says Jesus is truly His (Matthew 7:21-23).  Jesus said that those who are His are those who hear His words and put them into practice, who build their lives on His teachings (Matthew 7:24-27).  A disciple of Jesus is one who abides in His teachings (John 8:31-32).  This means that the disciple not only reads the Word of God (and not merely the “red letters”) but they study it as well.  I study God’s Word to know God, to love Him more and to obey Him better all by His Spirit and His grace.

So many claim Christ but they don’t even know the first thing about Him.  They don’t know His Word.  They don’t read His Word.  They don’t study His Word.  They don’t care to study His Word nor do they truly care to know Him because Jesus doesn’t fit our views when we read and study Him.  The perfect Son of God is not like us in that He is absolutely perfect, holy, blameless, and His ways are beyond our ways.  We seek to imitate Him (1 Peter 2:21-24; 1 John 2:6) but we recognize that He alone is perfect.  He is perfect for our salvation (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Because He remains forever perfect, He now stands before the Father in our defense (Hebrews 7:22-25).  As we abide in Jesus through faith (Romans 5:1; 1 John 2:24-25), we find that He is faithful to wash our sins away (1 John 1:7, 9).

The mere Christianity movement wants to place Jesus among others.  Jesus is far above all others (Colossians 1:15-20).  Every knee will bow to His glory alone (Philippians 2:5-11).  This includes all false teachers, all false prophets, all false religions.  Jesus is not equal among others.  Jesus is God (John 1:1, 18; Romans 9:5) and He is to be worshiped as God.

The mere Christianity movement has to dethrone Jesus to make Him equal among others.  For example, the Muslim view of Jesus is not at all equal with the biblical view.  The Quran teaches that Jesus is not God, that He is not even the Son of God.  Yes Islam says that Jesus is the Messiah but they deny His divinity and the Quran condemns to hell those who would say that God is a man or has a son.  The Quran falsely believes that the doctrine of the Trinity includes Mary.  The Quran denies that Jesus died for our sins.  Most Muslims believe that Jesus didn’t even die on the cross but rather Allah made someone else to appear as Jesus on the cross such as Judas.  While Islam teaches that Jesus will return, they believe that He will return and set up an Islamic kingdom on the earth.  The Islamic confession of faith is focused on Mohammad and not on Jesus.

And yet mere Christianity says that since a Muslim claims to love Jesus (the Jesus of the Quran and not the Jesus of the Bible), then they are “saved.”  If a Muslim denies the Quran’s teaching on Jesus and embraces the biblical view of Jesus then I would submit that they are not a Muslim but a Christian.  Of course, true salvation requires faith and repentance in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38-39; 3:19-20; 17:30-31).

One final point.  The mere Christianity movement especially detests evangelism.  After all, the evangelist is preaching that Jesus alone saves (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) and He alone is our mediator before a holy God (1 Timothy 2:5-6).  The evangelist preaches that faith and repentance are necessary for eternal life (Luke 13:5; John 5:24-25; 6:29; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 5:13).  This goes against the mere Christian view that all religions are essentially good so long as they love Jesus.  It also goes against the postmodern mindset that there is no absolute truth since Jesus Himself claims to be the truth of God (John 14:6).  When religious people are confronted with their sins and with the truth of Jesus, they always strike back with a vengeance.  I have witnessed this myself. People don’t mind if you preach a peace and love Jesus but the moment you preach that a person must repent, they quickly turn on you.  People love Jesus but the Jesus they create in their own images but not the biblical Jesus.

I am often confronted by the biblical Jesus as I read.  I am confronted with my sins.  I am confronted with my lack of being like Jesus in all I do.  I am confronted with how wonderful Jesus truly is and the more that I study Him and the more that I seek Him, the more I find that I am not like Him, that He is God and worthy to be praised, and I will never truly grasp Him in this life.  Jesus is simply too wonderful, too mighty, too holy for me to perfectly understand but what I do know is this: He died for my sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18) and He is coming again in glory (2 Timothy 4:1).  I long to see Him and worship Him forever.  I will continue to preach the biblical Jesus and preach against the false christs of this world.

What Became of the Emergent Church?

Back about 7 years ago, when I first started blogging, the emegent church was the talk of the blogs.  I even had a friend go down the emergent road.  He was raised in a strong Southern Baptist home, attended an SBC college, and his father was an SBC evangelist.  Sadly, my friend gave in to his “emergent” desires and left the SBC and most of biblical Christianity altogether.  Today he is a shell of the man he use to be.  He has seemingly abandon his faith altogether in favor of a social gospel where Jesus is not even preached (unlesss He is being used as an example).  

The emergent church is where I thought they would end up: in dead denominations.  Most have embraced the far left in theology and practice.  They have given up trying to be “evangelicals” and realize that their dream of being both an evangelical and a liberal simply cannot come to pass.  The few emergent spokesmen left are on the left theologically and no one in the evangleical church is listening to their “conversations” anymore.  It seems since they have abandoned Jesus and His gospel of saving sinners from sin, they have had to find a new cause (which is typically what happened to the old liberal denominations such as the United Church of Christ or the PSUSA).  Their new causes are on humans becoming better.  They want to end poverty (just not poverty of spirit).  They want to end war (just not battle the enemy of Satan).  They want to encouarge socialism (just not the biblical work ethic).  They want to champion the rights of minorities (just not address their sins).  Nearly every emergent I have known has left the biblical church.  They have forsaken sound doctrine.  In fact, the Bible is only used to justify their causes.

Gone are the days when emergents were somewhat taken seriously.  We view them all know as I did then: liberals and apostates.  They have become Jude 8-13.  

In the end, truth always wins.  The Lord Jesus will win (Psalm 110:1).  We have the assurance in the Bible of His complete victory (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).  Christ Jesus will judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1).  His truth will defeat lies (John 17:17).  When emergents begin to question the Bible, their downfall was assured.  Today they don’t question the Bible but just rejest it.  The Rob Bells of the world is what you are left with.  Yet God’s truth is still going forth.  Sinners are still being saved.  Why?  Because God’s Word and His ways always will conquer.  

So the emergent voice is gone.  It continues now only among liberal denominations that are dying.  Gone are the days when some people actually bought their books.  Gone are the days when people would watch Rob Bell or Doug Padgitt’s sermons.  Gone are the days when some evangelicals considered emergents as worth hearing out.  Today we just view them as liberlas who offer us nothing and preach nothing.  

For me, I say good riddence. I am happy to see the death of the emergent movement.  Oh I know they will say they live on but they are spiritually dead and offer nothing.  The gospel is still transforming sinners (2 Corinthians 5:17). The gospel is still freeing sinners from the chains of sin and death (Romans 1:16-17).  The gospel is still focused on the person and work of Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:2; 15:1-4).  I rejoice that that gospel is still bearing fruit in all the earth (Colossians 1:6).  

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/12/2015 at 4:18 PM

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Why I Will Not Do The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge is making the rounds.  Celebrities, politicians, sports stars, even pastors are making videos of them having ice water poured on them to support funding for ALS.  While Christians certainly should support those who are suffering from ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and pray for the a cure from this disease, the ALS donations are also helping to fund stem-cell research from aborted babies.  A disciple of Christ should never support any cause that advocates, promotes, or even is involved with abortion.

So what is the disciple to do?

Ironically, the ALS ice bucket challenge has become the baptism of “good doers.”  Atheists have begun using the challenge to say that this is their baptism without Christ.  They are pledging to do good for others despite their lack of understanding where the idea of good can come from nor how they determine what is good or bad.

Liberals are using the ALS challenge to promote their social gospel.  When a church denies the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word, all that is left is to do good for other people rather than preaching the gospel to them.

I personally don’t  support any causes that don’t also preach the gospel.  Feeding the poor is good.  Helping people battle cancer is good.  Supporting those who are suffering in this life is good.  But unless you preach the gospel to the hurting, the suffering, the poor, the rich, etc., you are not giving them the cure for their greatest disease: sin.  Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death.  People with ALS can still be wicked sinners and still go to hell.  People with cancer die every single day and they don’t know Christ nor His gospel.  People living with HIV die each day but if they don’t know Christ, they will perish (John 3:18).  The gospel is the only solution to our fallen world.  The gospel prepares men and women for eternity unlike the temporary relief of suffering in this world.

I do think that it is good to do good (Matthew 5:13-18).  Galatians 6:10 tells us to do good toward all men and especially the household of faith.  Doing good is good.  But let us not make the mistake of thinking that doing good equals giving people the gospel.  Let us not make the mistake that doing good means that we earn God’s righteousness (Isaiah 64:6).  Disciples do good because of the Spirit at work in us (Ephesians 6:10) unlike the world who do good hoping that their good outweighs their bad.

My advice then is to take the money that would be used by the ALS and give it to true Christian charities who work with ALS victims or to missions.  The gospel going out is better by far.  Again, many with ALS (and other diseases) need to hear the gospel more than anything else.  The poor, the hurting, the suffering, the abused – all these need the gospel.  Do good but preach the gospel.

For more information on charities that support pro-life positions, see this page.

 

 

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/20/2014 at 12:13 PM

Ten Reasons To Do Expository Teaching

I remember hearing John MacArthur say that he wrote down over fifty reasons to be committed to expository preaching.  I possibly could write down that many myself but will stick with just ten.  Expository teaching is dear to my heart.  I believe it to be the best way to teach people the Scriptures.  But I am jumping ahead of myself so let me state my ten reasons.  These are not given in any order.

1.  Expository Teaching Exalts Christ As Head of His Church (Colossians 1:18).

Expository teaching is Christ-focused.  The Bible teacher is aware that his responsibility before God is to exalt Christ through the text.  Spurgeon said that he takes his text and then makes a bee-line to the cross.  The Bible was given to us by God to reveal His Son (John 20:31).  The entire purpose of the Bible is to show the coming of the Messiah and His eternal reign.  Our focus then in teaching must be to show Christ in the Scriptures (Luke 24:27).

2.  Expository Teaching Avoids Seeking To Please the Flesh.

Too often series preaching (that is topical in nature) is focused on pleasing the flesh and giving people what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3-4).  I know of some churches that ask the church to give them suggestions on what they would like to hear preach.  I also know of churches that go out into the world and ask sinners what they would like to hear preached (to draw them to church).  However, I don’t hear much these days about hearing from God in His Word.  Expository teaching is focused on the Word of God.  Certainly one can develop a series from the text but the focus is on Christ and the Word and not the flesh.  If anything, the faithful Bible teacher wants to kill the flesh by the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; 1 John 2:15-17).  Expository teaching keeps the focus on the Word and not on the opinions of the flesh.

3.  Expository Teaching Teaches People How To Correctly Study the Bible.

People don’t know how to study the Bible correctly so they don’t.  In many churches, people don’t even read the Bible during the week but allow the Bible teacher to do that for them.  All of us, as disciples of Jesus, must be in the Word (John 8:31-32).  The Word keeps us from error (1 Timothy 4:16).  The Word protects us against the lies of Satan (Ephesians 6:17; James 1:21).  How few though know how to study the Bible.  Expository teaching shows the people of God how to study the Word of God by going verse-by-verse through the Scriptures comparing Scripture with Scripture.

4.  Expository Teaching Creates A Biblical-Worldview.

Topical teaching can provide Christian opinions about the world but expository teaching shows the people of God the biblical view by going deep into the Word.  When we preach verse-by-verse through the Bible, we are showing people the full council of God.  We are revealing God’s thoughts, God’s ways, God’s actions toward sin, toward humility, toward repentance.  People learn about how God feels above the points of the preacher.

5.  Expository Teaching Exalts the Bible as the Final Authority.

If we truly believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible, this should be displayed in our teaching.  Verse-by-verse teaching is committed to the full authority of the Bible.  Every word counts.  Nothing is to be missed or skipped.  If God gave us His Word (2 Timothy 3:16) then every part of it is vital.  We must not avoid tough passages simply because we are lazy but we must go deep into God’s Word to allow it to have its full authority over the Church.

6.  Expository Teaching Doesn’t Avoid Difficult Texts.

I once heard a topical church going through the book of Romans.  They were skimming the book but claimed to be going verse-by-verse through it (they were done with the book in just about 6 weeks whereas it would probably take several years to go through the book).  They came to Romans 9-11 and avoided the text by just skimming through it.  The teacher didn’t teach the text at all nor did he deal with the Arminian-Calvinist debate over the text.  Being a seeker church, the people would not have known the theology behind the views on Romans 9-11 but the teacher didn’t even deal with any of the issues Romans 9-11 raises.  The faithful Bible teacher should be willing to tackle tough texts not for the sake of controversy but because verse-by-verse teaching demands it so.

7.  Expository Teaching Exposes People To Biblical Theology.

Unlike systematic theology, expository teaching shows how the Bible fits its theology together perfectly.  When we teach verse-by-verse, we are able to show how the doctrines of Scripture come together but instead of jumping around to prove our points, we take our text and allow the text to prove our point.

8.  Expository Teaching Heeds the Voice of God Above All Others.

I know of churches that have preaching calendars where the Bible teacher plans various sermon series’ around the holidays, vacations, etc.  I know of other churches that have preaching committees where people give input to the Bible teacher about what they would like to hear, what people are saying, where they feel he is lacking, etc.  Still yet, I know of many Bible teachers who search the Internet for the latest fads, latest cool sermon series, the latest sketch from “skit guys” or clips from popular shows.  All the while, the Word of God takes a backseat to all these voices.  Not so with expository teaching.  By making the Bible the focus in our teaching, we are listening to God and making His inerrant and infallible voice the one that we want to hear from (John 8:47).  Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice (John 10:27) and His voice is loud and clear when we lift up His Word.

9.  Expository Teaching Avoids Chasing the Latest Evangelical Fads.

Whether it be Purpose Driven Church, The Prayer of Jabez, Your Best Life Now, etc., the evangelical church seems to never lack fads.  Driven by pragmatism, the seeker church looks to the culture to help them plan what to preach and teach.  The evangelicals, longing for the pragmatic success of the seeker churches, looks to the seeker superstars to help them plan their teaching.  Yet the faithful expository teacher is looking to one place alone to help them: God’s Word.  Verse-by-verse teaching avoids the trap of fads that rob God of His glory and make the focus on the flesh.

10.  Expository Teaching Lifts Up the Means-Grace By Which Sinners Are Saved.

Romans 10:14-17 tells us that people must hear the gospel to be saved.  Jesus said that we must go and make disciples of all nations by teaching His Word (Matthew 28:19).  The means to regeneration is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23).  Isaiah 55:11 promises that the Word of God will accomplish what God sent His Word out to accomplish.  People get saved by exposure to the Word.  The Word reveals our sinful hearts (Romans 7:7) and the Word shows our need for a Savior (Romans 3:19).  The Word reveals that Savior to us.  Faithful verse-by-verse teaching allows the means of regeneration to go forth and for the Word to bring true salvation to the lost.  I have heard countless testimonies of people who thought they were saved but when they begin to sit under a faithful Bible teacher going verse-by-verse through the Word, they begin to see their need for salvation and that they were not truly saved but only familiar with the things of God.  The Word produces true salvation (Matthew 7:24-27).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/03/2014 at 1:54 PM

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