Preaching In Worship
When Godís word is preached and taught, God is honored and glorified.
During the preaching of a sermon, the hearers feast on the word of God. 1
Corinthians 1:21, 23 says, "It pleased God through the foolishness
of the message preached to save those who believeÖbut we preach
Christ crucified." The preaching of Christ crucified is pleasing to
God, but is foolishness to many people. It is only by this kind of preaching and
teaching that man will be saved.
The kind of preaching God wants is not always pleasant to hear, but it is for
our own good. As we read in 2 Timothy 4:2-4, "Preach the word. Be
ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all
longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have
itching ears, they will heap to them teachers; and they will turn their ears
from hearing the truth." The kind of preaching God wants must convince,
rebuke, and exhort. We must be careful that we do not turn our ears from hearing
the truth by having someone preach what sounds good to us, but contradicts what
God says in the Bible.
Much of the preaching today does not teach God's word, but
mainly tells stories of humor. There is no Bible doctrine taught that
might upset someone, but only things that tickle people's ears to make them feel
good and comfortable in order to keep them coming back. Their souls are
starving for the truth. Because of this they will be lost because
only the truth can make us free.
No man has the right to pass off as truth things that contradict the Bible,
but many do. All you have to do is look around at all the many different
doctrines which are being taught. Do all these differing doctrines come from
Godís word? Absolutely not. In Jeremiah 5:31 God says, "The prophets
prophesy falsely; and my people love to have it so." Why do people desire
to be taught falsely? Because they are not interested in what God has to say.
The reason for all the religious division we see in the world today is people
will not accept all that God says in the Bible as final authority. They have
become their own authority.
Jesus says in John 5:32, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free." Only by believing and obeying the truth can we be
made free from sin. But what is the truth? Jesus says in John 17:17,
"Sanctify them by your truth, your word is truth." The word of God is
the only truth that will make us free so we can go to heaven. The word of men
cannot make us free, but will cause us to be lost.
All things preached must come from the word of God. We are told in 1 Peter
4:11, "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God."
The pulpits of our land ring out with what speakers personally think and
believe. But how do we know whether a preacher is preaching from Godís word or
from his own opinion? We must do as the church at Berea did concerning the
apostle Paulís preaching in Acts 17:11, they "searched the scriptures
daily to find out whether these things were so."
But many men today, as they did in the first century, are preaching a
perverted gospel. In Galatians 1:6-8 we read, "I marvel that you are
turning away so soon from Him that called you in the grace of Christ, to a
different gospel, which is not another, but there are some who trouble
you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even though we or an angel
from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you,
let him be accursed." One who preaches a perverted gospel is to be
accursed. A perverted gospel will not only cause the one preaching it to be lost
but those who are listening to it will also be lost. Jesus says in Matthew
15:14, "And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a
ditch." This becomes very serious.
Mankind has always sought to glorify himself. In Psalms 111:9 (KJV) in
describing God we read, "Holy and reverend is His name."
"Reverend" refers to God and no one else. Do we want to
take a quality of praise which is applied only to the name of God and apply it
to our own name? How presumptuous can we be? When men use the word
"Reverend" in front of their name, they are taking glory and honor
that belongs only to God and are trying to apply it to themselves. They might as
well also call themselves God.
Men try to glorify themselves with other names. Jesus in speaking in a
spiritual sense says in Matthew 23:9, "Do not call anyone on earth your
father; for one is your Father, He who is in heaven." Why do men in seeking
to glorify themselves continue to ignore what the Lord says? Why do men want to
refer to themselves as Father so and so? They want to receive glory that only
belongs to God. King Herod in Acts chapter 12 took glory upon himself which
belonged to God and we read in verse 23, "And immediately the angel of the
Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God, and he was eaten by worms
and died." Today God does not immediately deal with sin as he did then, but
will deal with it in the Judgment. Claiming glory that only belongs to God is a
very serious matter.
But why do men do it today? Also the classification of "clergy" and
"laity" is foreign to the word of God. It is another invention of man.
We are warned in Romans 12:3 that a person is, "Not to think of himself
more highly than he ought to think."
Sometimes a preacher is held up on a "pedestal" and idolized. When
some preachers leave a congregation, whether he is relieved of his job or
whether he leaves because he has a job with another congregation, some people
become devastated. It seems their world has fallen in around them. Because of
this some will even quit the Lord or go elsewhere. We should never idolize a
man. This is wrong. We are to only worship God. Jesus says in Matthew 4:10,
"You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."
God is pleased only when we are fully obedient to His will. When His will and
only His will is preached, we then "worship Him in spirit and in
Questions Lesson 21
Preaching In Worship
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (1 Corinthians 1:21, 23 The preaching of Christ crucified
Is not well pleasing to God.
Is well pleasing to God.
Is foolishness with God.
The preaching of Christ crucified is foolish to many people?
3) (2 Timothy 4:2-4) People who will not endure sound doctrine
Will want to hear the truth.
Will turn their ears from hearing the truth.
Donít need the truth.
We should want someone to preach what sounds good to us even though it
contradicts what God says in the Bible.
5) (Jeremiah 5:31) When the prophets prophesied falsely
The people did not listen to them.
The people loved to have it so.
The people were shocked.
The reason for the religious division we see in the world is people will not take
all that God says in the Bible as final authority.
7) (John 5:32, 17:17) The truth that will make us free is
The word of God.
What we personally think.
What the preacher says.
The word of men will make us free.
9) (1 Peter 4:11) When preachers preach they must preach
Only the oracles or word of God.
What they think.
According to their creed book.
All things preached must come from the word of God.
11) (Galatians 1:6-8) What will happen to those who preach a perverted gospel?
God will overlook it.
They will be saved.
They will be accursed, in other words lost.
A perverted gospel will not only cause the one preaching it to be lost but
also those who listen to it will be lost.
13) (Psalms 111:9) The name reverend in the Bible
Is only applied to God.
Is also applied to men.
Is not applied to God.
When men use the word "Reverend" in front of their name, they are
taking glory and honor that belongs only to God.
15) (Acts 12:23) What happened to King Herod when he took glory and
himself that belongs only to God?
God honored him.
He was eaten of worms and died.
Claiming glory and honor that belongs to God is sinful.
17) (Matthew 23:9) Religiously speaking, Jesus says that we are
Not to call any man Father.
Not to humble ourselves before God.
To think of ourselves better than others.
It is Biblically correct to call the preacher Father.
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