Getting fired from the Pulpit for preaching the Gospel?

6 12 2008

Yes…you heard it right.
Pastor Kevin Williams was fired for preaching the gospel…and Rick Warren is allowed to keep spewing his false Gospel all over the world…If I didn’t know that God was sovereign, I’d seriously go insane.

Here is the story from Slice of Laodicea

http://www.sliceoflaodicea.com/true-church/crosstalk-alert-when-preaching-the-gospel-from-the-pulpit-will-get-you-fired/





Jeff Noblit preaches about “Standing Against Sinners who want to lead us astray”

13 08 2008

Pastor Jeff Noblit of Muscle Shoals Baptist Church preaches about “Standing Against Sinners Who Want to Lead Us Astray”

No wonder Paul Washer trusts his family to this church.

Enjoy





Video Teaser: Paul Washer “Not Ashamed of the Gospel”

15 07 2008

This is just a very short snippet of a sermon that is available at http://www.lanechaplin.com. It’s Paul Washer’s sermon entitled “Not Ashamed of the Gospel.”

Enjoy





A plea for Pastors: Expository Preaching Please!

30 06 2008

As you might have guessed. I’m just a regular guy, and this is my blog. What you read here is what’s on my mind at any given moment.

After church today, I was thinking about preaching types; expository, textual, topical, etc.

I favor the expository kind. I don’t mind a topical sermon once in a while, but as a steady diet? No way!

How about the sermon that only barely has a relation to the actual text it’s supposedly taken from? Plueeezzeee…

Well, long story short, I came across this site: http://preachers.wordpress.com/ and this was posted as one of the blog entries…if you’re a Pastor and all you dish out to the congregation are sermons called “Being a better Husband,” or “The secret to true happiness,” I urge you to think about what you’re doing. The word of God is so precious, so valuable, let’s do it the justice it deserves. If you’re preaching in a “smorgasbord” style, cherry picking your favorite topics, avoiding those “tough passages,” or beginning your sermon by saying “Today’s sermon is from Colossians 3” and then preaching your own ideas…I urge you to stop and think about what you’re doing! And, read the following on:

The Benefits of Expository Preaching

I have been collecting arguments for an expository style of preaching and I thought I would share them with you here over the next few weeks. I would love to add your reasons as well if you would send them to me. For myself? I am not sure I can add to such comprehensive coverage, but who knows…..?

The first set of arguments comes from Peter Adam, Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia, and is courtesy of the Biblical Theology Briefings

1. Preaching through the books of the Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, respects and reflects God’s authorship. God did not gives us a book of quotable quotes, nor a dictionary of useful texts, nor an anthology of inspiring ideas. When God caused the Scriptures to be written the medium that he used was that of books of the Bible. If that was good enough for the author it should be good enough for the preacher.

2. Expository Preaching reflects God’s respect for human authors. One of the most beautiful features of the Bible is the way in which God causes his truth to be written and yet does not over-ride the individual writer, but respects their place in history, their vocabulary, their spoken and literary style. If God is so careful to respect the human authors of the Scriptures we should endeavour to do the same by reading, studying, preaching and teaching their books in the order in the way in they wrote them.

3. Expository Preaching respects the historical context of each part of the Bible. The Bible is not a set of timeless truths removed from historical context, but each book of the Bible is firmly rooted in history, and the perspective of its human author. We do most justice to this historical context when we preach texts in their context, that is in the writing in which they occur.

4. Expository Preaching respects the context of salvation history. The unfolding drama of salvation is brought to us within salvation history; and each text, verse, chapter and book has its place within that salvation history. The best way to preach these books is to link them to their place in salvation history, not to extract from them trans-historical, theological, pastoral or devotional themes.

5. Expository Preaching should help us to unfold the deep Biblical Theology of the Bible, the content and message of God’s unfolding revelation, and seeing every part of the Bible in the light of the gospel of Christ, and the message of the whole Bible.

6. Expository Preaching preserves Biblical shape and balance. It gives the same focus and concentration that God gives in the Bible. Other people’s topical preaching inevitably misses this balance. It is more difficult to see the same imbalance in our own topical preaching!

7. Expository Preaching ensures that we preach on difficult topics, verses and books. I would not choose to preach from the text ‘I hate divorce’ unless forced to do so by a sermon series on Malachi. I would not choose to preach on Romans 9-11, but preaching my way right through Romans forces me to do so. Lectionaries are no help, because modern lectionaries seem to go out of their way to avoid difficult topics, even cutting poems and stories in half to avoid embarrassment. Expository Preaching will at least make us preach on the difficult parts of the Bible.

8. Expository Preaching saves time in preparation and presentation. Preachers need to do a lot of work in preparing their sermons and finding the historical context, and need to convey the context of verses in which they preach in the sermon as well. If we move from text to text as we move from sermon to sermon, or if we move from text to text within sermons, we will be less and less inclined to give the context of those texts and more and more inclined to take them out of context. [Of course ‘the text’ is actually the whole book: only preachers think of ‘the text’ as a short extract!]

9. Expository Preaching provides a good model of exegesis. We ought to preach and teach the Bible in a way in which we hope people will read it. People should pick up good models of using the Scripture from us. We do not want to encourage people to flip through the Bible, picking out verses that look encouraging or inviting. If we want people to read the Bible as it is written, that’s the way we should preach it.

10. In Expository Preaching each sermon forms part of a divine sequence. The sequence is that of the writer of the book of the Bible. Following this sequence means that our teaching and their learning is cumulative as each sermon prepares the way for the next, and each sermon summarises the message of the last and shows its sequence in biblical thought.

11. Expository Preaching makes sense! Even the most convinced post-modernists among us still read books from beginning to end. This is because it’s a remarkably sensible way of reading a book. Why would we adopt a different model in our reading and teaching of the Scriptures?

12. Expository Preaching teaches people the Bible. Its assumption is that the Bible is relevant and effective as it comes from the mouth of God. It assumes that the information in the Bible is important for us; that these things were ‘written for our learning’.

13. Expository Preaching provides an accessible, useable and safe model of Bible teaching and preaching. If one of our tasks is to encourage lay people in ministry, then the best thing to do is to provide them with a model of teaching which they can use at any level. It is not good to encourage people to flip through the Bible, taking their favourite verses out of context. It is a good work to show the people a model of Bible teaching that they can use to their benefit and the benefit of those who learn from them.

14. Expository Preaching helps people to avoid repeating their ten favourite themes. Every preacher has ten sermons. The difficulty comes for the preacher and the congregation when they are repeated for the tenth time. Of course, no method can stop the determined preacher from mounting a hobby horse and riding it to death!

15. Expository Preaching follows God’s syllabus for us. One helpful way of viewing the Bible is to see it as God’s syllabus. In it God lays out the way of salvation and what human beings need to learn in order to turn to Jesus Christ in faith and obedience. The Bible is the syllabus that God has provided – why would we replace it with another of our own invention?





Friday Night Notes from Rand

15 04 2008

I don’t think that this post needs a lot of commentary. I do, however think that we should all heed the exhortation at the end. We should all be this faithful.

This is from Rand over at A form of Sound Words

Friday Night Notes

Saturday, April 12, 2008

so much folly, so little Truth…


Another rainy Friday where I was certain our night of evangelism would be canceled, only to have it saved by the Lord’s hand! It literally stopped raining at 7pm, the time when I usually make my way downtown to preach the Gospel alongside pastor Tim. So we went out for our customary three hours of street preaching, completely free from rainfall; and as I am writing this post, about an hour after our evangelistic effort, it is raining cats and dogs. I believe it is safe to assume that the Lord wanted his two “market preachers” out tonight.

The market was a relatively quiet place; no doubt many souls decided to stay in after all the rain that had fallen throughout the day. Still though, pastor Tim and I preached to hundreds of souls, we distributed a fair number of Bible tracts and had a number of one-on-one conversations with sinners. Not all the conversations were what I would call “profitable”, actually many of them were so frustrating, it was difficult not to get aggravated with the people we were dealing with. Here are a few examples of conversations we had tonight:

“I just called… to say…”

This was a first for me. I thought I had done it all as far as street evangelism was concerned, but I stand corrected. A middle-aged couple stood across the street from where I was preaching from for a few minutes, they were listening to what I had to say, but it was clear that they both thought I was an idiot. The woman eventually pulled her cellphone out and dialed a number and gave the phone to her partner. The man walked towards me and handed me the cellphone and said mockingly:

“My son, from Calgary, needs to ‘get saved’, can you talk to him?”

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“National Atheist Day” Lunchtime Preaching

2 04 2008

I went out to preach yesterday since it was National Atheist’s Day, or more commonly known as “April Fool’s Day.”

The weather here in our town was pretty blustery, and rain was threatening. Not a lot of people were outside for their lunch hour because of it…but we preached anyway.

I was asked by a Brother-in-Christ if that bothers me…that it seemed like it was “for nothing” and when I think along those lines I’m always reminded of this quote by Spurgeon:

I saw a man preaching, the other day, with no creature but one dog to listen to him, and I really thought that he might as well have gone home. But I met with a story yesterday which I know to be true, and it showed me that I was making a mistake.

There was a woman who for years had been in such dreadful despair that she would not even hear the gospel. She came to be very ill, and she said to one that called upon her, “You sent a man to preach under my window three months ago, and I got a blessing.”

“No,” the friend said, “I never sent anybody to preach under your window.”

“Oh,” she said, “I think you did, for he came and preached, and my maid said that there was nobody listening to him. I did not want to hear him; and as he made so much noise, my maid shut the window, and I lay down in bed; but the man shouted so, that I was obliged to hear him; and I thank God I did, for I heard the gospel, and I found Christ.

Did you not send him?”

“No,” said the good man, “I did not.”

“Well,” she said, “then God did.

There was nobody in the street listening to him; but I heard the gospel, and I got out of my despair, and I found the Savior, and I am prepared to die.

Fire away, brethren! You do not know where your shot will strike; but “there’s a billet for every bullet.” I believe that there is some soul whom God means to bless whenever we preach the gospel, depending upon his grace. But the mass of mankind are ignorant of the righteousness which God requires, and ignorant of the righteousness which God has provided.

My friend Carl, came out with us also. He’s such a blessing! He’s been preaching on the streets of West Virginia for 30 years! Nothing stops him! He told me…”Get up there and preach brother…we’ll listen to ya!”





Street Preaching from Canada

15 03 2008

This post is from “A form of Sound Words.” A blog by a faithful brother-in-Christ who lives in Canada. If you haven’t been to his site, I highly recommend it. He reminds us that God is glorified when we preach His word…have you preached it lately?

Also, what do you think of the signs that they use? Do you think that this “drives people away” rather than “to” Jesus? IF you think that they shouldn’t be using them because they drive people away…I ask you to think about who you believe is sovereign in saving men…God or the man himself.

Friday Night Notes

Saturday, March 15, 2008

a solid night of preaching…


With the weather becoming milder, we are beginning to see far more people in the market, and the bigger the audience, the greater statistical chance that we will be preaching to some of God’s elect. We ofter pray about that, pastor Tim and I, we pray that the Lord would lead us to His elect, and/or that He would lead them to us. I hope and pray that that happened tonight.

We shared the Gospel with a whole lot of people tonight, and the Lord granted me a good number of one-on-one conversations with individuals. Some of those conversations were obviously unprofitable, but a couple were obviously quite profitable. Praise God. It’s these profitable conversations that really encouraged my heart tonight. That and I suppose my success in continuing in prayer as I distributed Bible literature surely helped keep me focused on the reason I was out there evangelizing tonight: God’s glory.

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