Yesterday I was really reflecting on a couple of specific messages given. But here are two very important overall reflections on this great event:
6. Remember that the Bible is not second class to apologetics/theology/counselling, etc. Several speakers really stood out in their emphasis on the Bible (not just in the Bible Teachers Network). It is easy to fall into thinking that the Bible is somehow intellectually second class to top level apologetics or systematic theology or even a discipline like counselling. In reality the Bible is at the core and these other “disciplines” should be around the edge seeking to reflect the teaching of the Bible accurately. When they fail to do so, they surely fail, period. Are we robustly biblical, or have we fallen for the lie that something else is superior in power and value?
7. Expository preaching feeds the soul in ways other presentations of truth do not. I was reassured to both experience and hear from others that expository preaching does a work in peoples’ lives in a way that non-expository approaches do not. Those who were present will probably reflect on the same contrast, although perhaps in different words. By this point I do not mean that preaching has to be done in a particular form or way. What I do mean is that the Bible text needs to be boss of the content, rather than hand-maid; communication has to be effectively engaging, rather than agonizing; relevance to listeners needs to be demonstrated and emphasized, rather than assumed; and everything needs to be very much done in reliance on the Spirit, rather than on personal “authority” (academic, professional or experiential).
A great week, a great event, a great vision. I’ve come home physically tired and spiritually energised. I’m thankful for the forum and hope it goes from strength to strength. And, on reflection, I’m thankful for expository preaching and hope it also gets stronger and stronger across Europe and the globe. We need it, both at the forum, and in our countries.