Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Pastor – preach the word

[Superficial preaching] breeds a congregation that is as weak and indifferent to the glory of God as their pastor is. ‘Seeker-sensitive’ preaching fosters people who are consumed with their own well-being. When you tell people that the church’s primary ministry is to fix for them whatever is wrong in this life- to meet their needs, to help them cope with their worldly disappointments, and so on- the message you are sending is that their mundane problems are more important than the glory of God and the majesty of Christ… that sabotages true worship.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
 2 Timothy 4:1-5

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