Acts 2:37 - 38 (KJV) 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Recently I had a wonderfully refreshing visit with a good friend. His name is Bill Hobson and he pastors a great church in Longwood (Orlando), Florida. Our conversation was born out of a powerful message I heard him preach. In our discussion together, Bill spoke passionately about the need for post-modern preaching to illicit the same response as the preaching we read about in the Bible.
Certainly the Book of Acts in particular gives ample evidence that the “first church” understood the need to “preach for response.” Numerous instances in scripture provide clear direction for preachers in our generation that seek to follow the example of the early apostles. Apparently they preached Jesus, fully expecting lives to be changed by the power of God.
The Apostles did not give talks designed to placate the carnal desires of listeners with no hunger for transformation. They preached with an agenda determined to call the crowd to repentance and adherence to God’s plan through Holy Ghost power.
Perhaps preachers should often revisit the history of the early church as recorded in the Book of Acts. This may insulate us from the pressure of our age to “dumb down” Christianity. Audiences today must be compelled to turn from sin and pursue faith that is demonstrated by obedience to the Word of God.
I honor Pastor Hobson and young preachers like him with a passion for “old time religion” just like we read about in the New Testament. Thanks for preaching that still motivates the masses to ask the critical question, “What shall we do?”
Acts 2:39 - 41 (KJV) 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
The following pictures were taken on Sunday and Monday of this week. They are beautiful images that remind us of the joy that comes when believers are encouraged to respond to “old fashion” Bible preaching!