Sunday, May 3, 2009
A Lesson from Paul on "Preaching"
"Wow, that was great sermon Pastor." That had been my objective (as taught and inbred by the Institutional Church) over the last 25+ years. How did I not see the poor stewardship involved until now?
1 Corinthians 1:17
οὐ γὰρ ἀπέστειλέν με Χριστὸς βαπτίζειν ἀλλὰ εὐαγγελίζεσθαι οὐκ ἐν σοφίᾳ λόγου ἵνα μὴ κενωθῇ ὁ σταυρὸς τοῦ Χριστοῦ
"Not for, he sent me (Christ) to baptize. But joyful message brought - not in eloquence of speech so that not devalue the cross of Christ.
For Christ didn't send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News--and not with clever speeches and high-sounding ideas, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power.
How have we gone astray from this? All that we've done in the last several hundred years is to devalue the richness of the cross by becoming dependent on eloquent speeches. "Preachers" all over the globe sequester themselves within the confines of a "study" for 5 or more days to plan out a weekly performance - all the while opportunity after opportunity after opportunity comes and goes beyond the partitions of their confinement.