Hey guys,Jesse-I thank the Lord for your willingness to go out and proclaim and how God uses that in spurring brothers and sisters on.Robert-What you pointed out is crucial and so easy to overlook when we are called to preach the word. I have to check my heart, my motives, and ask myself constantly, "Is this what the word of God is saying or am I interjecting what I think the people need to hear as I preach?"Hearing from God is of the utmost importance. If we do not hear from Him, and on that point we must be certain, because if I don't and then stand up in front of men, lost or found, and proclaim the word, I will be held accountable for why I said what I said, ands how it was said.If God says to strike the rock, then we must strike. If God says we are to speak to the rock, we must speak. Misrepresenting God, of which we are all susceptible of doing, has very grave and awful consequences.
If God says to strike the rock, then we must strike. If God says we are to speak to the rock, we must speak. Misrepresenting God, of which we are all susceptible of doing, has very grave and awful consequences.
_________________Robert Wurtz II
Bro RobertW said:
[u]Always remember[/u]-[b]its the fruit that carries the seed. Study them and see if they are evident in your life, teaching, and preaching. Let your words be always with grace and seasoned with salt. Let the wisdom you use be first pure then peacable and gentle. Easy to be entreated. Full of good fruits. Let it be without hypocrisy. For the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of those who are making peace[/b].
Yet mingling with the people is ministry also. Jesus did all I think. How awesome He is!
Sinners should get scared when they hear about hell. Fear has a deffinate place in preaching. Aren't some "scare tactics" legitament? Telling smokers about the dangers of cancer may make them afraid of cancer, but that's a legitament fear. Telling the sexually immoral of the dangers of STDs may cause fear, but it's a legitament fear. Telling sinners about the danger of sin and hell may cause fear, but it's legitament fear.Certainly fear is not the end, but is a biblical means. A preacher came into my jail when I was a lost person and scared me pretty good. But that wasn't when I got saved. It was a month later after the Law and the fear of God had done it's work that I accepted grace and mercy.
and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:precept: a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of actionIt doesn't say "their fear towards me is caused by the sermons of preachers" (unfortinately that statement wouldn't be true in our day). It would appear to me that this means that the precepts, or laws of man as opposed to the laws of God, are causing men to fear. Like today if we told people that if they drink Coca Cola they are going to hell or if they go to Disney Land. Thats a commandment of man. Trembling at the Laws of God, and trembling at the laws of man are two separate things. As Spurgeon said theyll never accept grace, until theyve trembled before a just and holy Law.There are a lot of scriptures which talk about the fear of God as I listed earlier.