Saturday, April 25, 2009

No Substitute Preacher

1 Corinthians 2:1 - 5 (KJV) 1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified…

… 4And my speech and my PREACHING was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

In Acts 17, Paul is in Athens trying to preach to people that seem more interested in discussing theories, then listening to preaching.

Acts 17:21 (KJV) 21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

Acts 17:32 - 33 (KJV) 32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. 33So Paul departed from among them.

Even the great Apostle Paul could not fully impact people that were more eager to talk then they were to listen. He departed from Athens and in Acts 18 we see him ministering in Corinth. It seems that he adjusted his approach with the Corinthians based on his experience with the Athenians.

Acts 18:1, 4 (KJV) 1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth… 4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

Basically Paul went to preaching! Perhaps like the people Paul encountered in Athens, our generation prefers therapy over transformation. Many would rather hear themselves talk then endure preaching. However, preaching STILL changes lives. We can never fix with talking what can only be changed by preaching.

Obviously God was pleased with the Apostle Paul’s preference for preaching. Here is what the Lord said to Paul in Acts 18:

Acts 18:8 - 10 (KJV) 8…and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. 9Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

God’s WORD for Corinth came through PREACHING.
God’s WORD for YOU will come through PREACHING.
Don’t miss church on Sunday because there is NO substitute for PREACHING.

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