“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” – 2 Timothy 4:1-2
Most Christians attend worship services with the expectation of being spiritually inspired, emotionally stimulated and cerebrally massaged. Some attend services to be entertained. Some attend in search of personal gain or wealth. Some go to church just to be nosey while others go just to hear what’s wrong with those “other folks.”
However, the Word of God indicates that whenever we are in the presence of God’s Preached Word, we are subject to be reproved (Reprimanded for the wrong we have done), rebuked (Have our behavior criticized and corrected), exhorted (Strongly encouraged to Keep the Faith and Obey God’s Commands) and receive patient and careful instructions on how to be saved and obey the Commandments of God and live holy.
Don’t get it twisted!
Preaching is not about making God’s Word serve us but about instructing us how to serve God.
Preaching is not about making God’s Word acceptable to us but making us acceptable to God.
Preaching is not about making us feel good but about instructing us how to be good.
Preaching is not about our wants, desires, needs or ambitions but it is about God’s Eternal plan of salvation through Christ Jesus and His divine Purpose, Plan and Will for our lives.
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom…