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God wants all men and women to accept His Son Jesus Christ. Of course, not all will do so. But it is His will nonetheless. The power of Bible preaching lies in the fact that its very objective is for the lost to believe on Christ.
To a group of Jews, Jesus said these words: “You have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not” (John 5:38). Jesus just cuts to the chase. The fact that a person does not believe on Him is evidence that the Word of God does not abide in the person’s heart. It’s one thing to merely hear the Word of God. It is another thing for the Word of God to become rooted in our heart and to remain there. When the latter happens, it will bring about faith in Christ. That’s why Bible preaching is indispensable, if we want to impact lives for the Kingdom.
I am using the term Bible preaching to distinguish it from preaching that is void of the Scriptures. Bible preaching is more than a casual reference to a Bible verse or two during one’s message. Bible preaching requires the minister to labor in the Word and to hear from God. The objective must be to proclaim with clarity what God is saying through His Word so the people can hear from God.
Jesus said regarding the Scriptures, “They are they which testify of me” (verse 39). That means the Scriptures constitute a revelation of the person of Christ. No other literary work has that distinction. Hence, if church leaders desire to see God’s people grow in the knowledge of Christ, they must commit themselves to the work of Bible preaching.
Last but not least, Bible preaching is the only kind of preaching God has called His servants to proclaim. He has sent no one to proclaim a message of his or her choosing. Those who do so do not qualify to be called messengers of God. God works with us when we proclaim His Word as opposed to some other message. We are laborers together with Him. He is the one who draws the hearts of men to accept His Son as they hear of Him through the witness of the Scriptures. Herein lies the power of Bible preaching.
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