L O V E
"The goal of our instruction is Love out of a pure heart and a clear conscience." Love cannot flow where the heart is not pure and the conscience is not clear. May faith arise in you as you listen to God's Word, so that your heart may be "purified by faith" and, having become righteous through faith in Christ, may you have the "answer of a good conscience" toward God. May God give you a revelation of His enormous love for you: that while you were still His enemy, Christ died for you. I pray that you will discover God's Love flowing toward you, living within you, and flowing out of you--as you listen to Biblical Preaching.us. I Timothy 1:5 Acts 15:9 view verses
C O M P L E T E
"We labor to present every man complete in Christ." God has a specific plan for each person. God has given you unique abilities and quite amazing gifts--even if you do not yet recognize it. Through hearing God's Word, your "proportion of faith" grows and you are able to exercise your gifts in more complete ways. A big part of this completeness, is humility. When you finally see that it is God who is working in you, both to desire and to do His good will, you are humbled, and, you will tend to "get out of God's way" in other people's lives as well. The Body of Christ (the Church) is an amazing "machine". We have to recognize that every single piece of the machine needs to be in "working order" or "complete". I pray that you will become "complete in Christ" as you listen to Biblical Preaching.us. Colossians 1:28 Romans 12: 3-8 view verses
W A R N E D * P E R S U A D E D
"We ceased not night and day to warn every man" and "knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" were Paul's expressions about his work with people. Much of what we teach and preach is for the purpose of warning and persuading. As such, we do not always follow "balanced presentation" or neatly packaged "teaching methods." The science of persuasive speech tells us to disregard "reservations" and simply "cut to the heart" of the matter. Perhaps if Stephen had been more balanced in his presentation during his defense, he would not have been stoned. Perhaps if John the Baptist had been more tactful, he would not have "lost his head." But the Holy Spirit was animating Stephen and John and millions of preachers over the centuries to present a "cutting" discourse so that the "secrets of men's hearts" would be revealed. I pray that, having ears, you will be able to hear what the Spirit is saying whenever Biblical Preaching might seek to warn and persuade souls to repent of sin and carnality. Acts 20:31 2 Corinthians 5:11 Acts 2:37 Acts 7:51ff Mark 6:17ff I Corinthians 14:24,25 Revelation 2:7 view verses
NOT HUMANISM. . . .NOT MORALISM. . . .GRACE
Humanism is the theology that we get from the mirror. But we must come to realize that God's ways are not our ways, and that His thoughts are not our thoughts. In fact, the Bible says: "My ways are not your ways; neither are my thoughts your thoughts. As High as the heavens are above the earth, so far are my ways above your ways; and my thoughts above your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9) Many people really only have a "religiosity" that is nothing more than an effort to fit God into their own ideas and ways. Biblical Preaching challenges our humanism and the "religiosity" that emanates from it.
Moralism is the theology that we get from the law, and from the human need to compare ourselves among ourselves. We naturally love to both condemn other people's behavior and justify our own. This produces another type of "religiosity" called "legalism" or "moralism." But Jesus shows us that we have all fallen short of God's perfect standards and must both receive Grace for ourselves and give Grace to others. Jesus came into the world to shine a bright light on our sins while at the same time loving us, dieing in our place, and forgiving every sin. Biblical Preaching challenges our moralism and the "religiosity" that emanates from it, offering Grace instead.