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This was the cause of the despair of the prophet Elijah. Instead, all the other prophets have been put to death and now his life is threatened as well. People do not want to hear it. The Word of God is offensive. You remember, in the New Testament, that Paul and the apostles were persecuted and imprisoned and martyred because they preached. So that is preaching. And where you find the preaching that is faithful to the Word of God, which comes from a man called by God through the church, you must receive that preaching as the authoritative word of a herald of the King of kings, Jesus Christ.
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Now, second, we want to look at the power of preaching. And I want first just to demonstrate the power of the word from the Scriptures. Preaching does something. It will be like the rain that comes down and brings the seeds and the flowers in the springtime to life. So shall My Word be. It will do something. It is powerful. It accomplishes what God sends it to do.
It is like fire that burns. It is like a hammer that can break in pieces. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight. It pierces, not just into the flesh, but into the heart, and it discovers the intents and the thoughts of a man. It opens him like a book before God and he is exposed. That is the Word of God.
The Scriptures are powerful and the Scriptures are enough. It speaks to me. It has feet—it runs after me. It has hands—it lays hold of me. For the Word of God is living! I turn it loose. But God never intended the word of the Scriptures just to stay on paper. God never intended that they would just be read personally.
God intended that His Word would be preached, that there would be men who would dig into the Scriptures. Because of their depth, the Scriptures must be opened up and explained. God intends His Word to be preached and explained.
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And it is the preaching of the Word that is powerful. He could have sent them Bibles. But he wanted to preach, because that is the power of God unto salvation. What does preaching do?
Very simply, it saves sinners by working faith in them. That is what preaching does. How then shall they call on him…whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? The preaching saves sinners. It does this by uncovering the sinner before God. It opens me up like a book before God. Or it will open me up before God and bring me to my knees in humility before the cross, and I will see that Christ is the only way of salvation. It is powerful and it convicts. And that is what we should want in our preaching.
The preacher is not just giving a lecture. The preaching is not something just to address my mind or my emotions. But it addresses the whole man. It should sometimes make me squirm in my seat and make me feel uncomfortable in my sin. It should convict me. It should reprove me. It should rebuke me.
It should admonish me. And we should want preaching like that because that will bring us to the cross of Christ in repentance. Now what is it that gives preaching this power? There are really two things. The one is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit awakens faith in my heart by the preaching of the gospel. But second, preaching has this power because God Himself and Jesus Christ speak through the preaching.
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In the preaching you do not hear the voice of a man. You do not come to hear just a preacher. But you come to hear God in Christ speaking to you. God wants to do something in the Church.
Do you understand that Church is more than a building? Church is everyday life. Worship is not just 30 minutes of tuning up the instruments Worship is a lifestyle.
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Desktop Version. Stand Firm World Ministries. I am slow of speech and tongue. Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Exodus Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say. Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. Ephesians Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
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