The Very Words of God

Monday’s a good time to pause for thought.  Perhaps you preached yesterday.  Perhaps you’re preaching again next Sunday.  Let’s always remember that God, in His grace, has given gifts to every believer.  To some of us He has given “speaking” gifts.  In 1Peter 4:10-11, Peter urges everyone to invest their lives in each other through the gifts they’ve been given.  Some gifts are “up-front” while others are “behind the scenes” – my understanding of the two terms he uses, “speaking” and “serving.”  None of us have a right to boast in our gift, but all of us have a responsibility.

We have a responsibility to study God’s Word to the very best of our ability, wrestling with the text and allowing the text to wrestle with us.  Thus the first half of the sermon preparation process is so important.  Then, with the humble confidence that we have something to share from God’s Word, then we move on to the second half of the process – formulating the sermon.  The whole process really matters.  The church is a community that may currently or soon be called on to suffer for their faith.  One critical resource for enduring such struggle is the earnest love for one another within the community of believers, and one example of such love is the effective stewardship of our spiritual gifting.  After all, when we speak, we are to speak as one who speaks the very words of God!

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  1. As we train preachers in France, we have encourage “finding what God wants to say to the listeners”. Here are the biblical passages we use:

    COMMENT DÉCOUVRIR LE MESSAGE du SEIGNEUR

    CINQ CRITÈRES BIBLIQUES :

    I. IL FAUT INSISTER SUR L’EXPOSITION BIBLIQUE.

    2TI.4v2 : “PRÊCHE LA PAROLE”, (voir 2TI.3v14à17)

    II. IL FAUT UNE LECTURE PERSONNELLE DE TOUTE
    LA BIBLE.

    1TI.4v13 : “APPLIQUE-TOI A LA LECTURE”.

    III. IL FAUT L’OBÉISSANCE PERSONNELLE.

    1TI.4v16 : “VEILLE SUR TOI-MÊME”, (voir JC.3v1)

    IV. IL FAUT LA PRIÈRE.

    AC.6v4 : “NOUS CONTINUERONS à NOUS
    APPLIQUER à LA PRIÈRE.”

    V. IL FAUT UNE ATTENTE POUR L’ASSURANCE.

    HA.2v1à3 : “JE VEILLAIS POUR VOIR CE QUE
    L’ÉTERNEL ME DIRAIT.”

    There is nothing better than a deep assurance (conviction, if you like) that you have THE message from the Lord for THIS time and PLACE. The next steps of study and preparation for presentation become much easier.

    in Christ, Hornby

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