June 2014

The Centrality of the Gospel in Preaching 1

Anyone who is familiar with the life of Martin Luther should not be surprised by his affection for the Epistle to the Romans and its stress on the gospel.

Anyone who is familiar with the life of Martin Luther should not be surprised by his affection for the Epistle to the Romans and its stress on the gospel. Regarding his personal conversion to saving faith in Christ, Luther recalls:

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“Did God actually say?” Since Genesis 3 unfolded with the subtle but seductive question spoken to Eve concerning the truthfulness of God’s Word, the world, the flesh, and the devil have attacked the authority of God’s spoken and written revelation. Throughout redemptive history, charlatans have endeavored to circumvent it, false teachers have sought to dismiss it, and heretics have perpetrated schemes to replace it, while many within the church just as soon ignore it.

“Did God actually say?” Since Genesis 3 unfolded with the subtle but seductive question spoken to Eve concerning the truthfulness of God’s Word, the world, the flesh, and the devil have attacked the authority of God’s spoken and written revelation.

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In light of the overall tenor of Scripture, along with the Pauline catalog, it is reasonable to assume that the Apostle Paul was not advocating compromise to the principle of Sola Scriptura in winning people to Christ with the Gospel. However, he was advocating a gracious liberty in interacting with the lost.

Is there any way post-modern cultural contextualization can compliment a commitment to Sola Scriptura and not be a detriment? There can be a complementary relationship and doing so requires the Biblicist to remain committed to Sola Scriptura, which therefore frames his philosophy in sharing the Gospel.  The directive is found in I Corinthians 9:19-23 states:

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Is there any way post-modern cultural contextualization can compliment a commitment to Sola Scriptura and not be a detriment? Yes there can be a complementary relationship and doing so requires the Biblicist to remain committed to Sola Scriptura, which therefore frames his philosophy in sharing the Gospel.

Dr. John Piper expresses his concerns with the concept of contextualization and communicating the Gospel. In responding to a question about North America being a mission field and the issue of contextualizing the Gospel in order to win a hearing he writes:

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In carrying out the primary command to preach the word, what else is the man of God to do while in the midst of a culture which is attacking the truth to which he is to be committed? Paul gives four commands. They are not optional, but rather indispensible edicts which must be obeyed. These directives are in direct contrast (“As for you”…) with what false teachers, and their followers, desire. These commands are found in 2 Timothy 4:5 which says, “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5 ESV)

In carrying out the primary command to preach the word, what else is the man of God to do while in the midst of a culture which is attacking the truth to which he is to be committed? Paul gives four commands. They are not optional, but rather indispensible edicts which must be obeyed. These directives are in direct contrast (“As for you”…) with what false teachers, and their followers, desire.

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But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

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The man of God’s faithful obedience to preach the Word is not done in a vacuum. It is to be accomplished while he is in the midst of a culture which hates him, hates God, and hates the Word of God. Unfortunately, it is not just the fallen world which expresses such hatred.

The man of God’s faithful obedience to preach the Word is not done in a vacuum.  It is to be accomplished while he is in the midst of a culture which hates him, hates God, and hates the Word of God. Unfortunately, it is not just the fallen world which expresses such hatred.

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One example illustrating society’s perspective of the universe’s self-existence is by Editor Jon Meacham of Newsweek. In responding to criticisms from evangelicals regarding the magazine’s December 15, 2008 cover story entitled The Religious Case for Gay Marriage, Meacham responded by stating, “No matter what one thinks about gay rights – for, against or somewhere in between – this conservative resort to biblical authority is the worst kind of fundamentalism. To argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt – it is unserious and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition.”

One example illustrating society’s perspective of the universe’s self-existence is by Editor Jon Meacham of Newsweek.

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What is the believer to do with the solemn charge from God which is found in 2 Timothy 4:1-2? “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1-2 ESV).

What is the believer to do with the solemn charge from God which is found in 2 Timothy 4:1-2? “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1-2 ESV).

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The man of God finds himself well quipped by the Word of God. Within the immediate preceding context (2 Timothy 3:10-15), the apostle instructed Timothy about the importance of being completely faithful to the Word of God.

The man of God finds himself well quipped by the Word of God. Within the immediate preceding context (2 Timothy 3:10-15), the apostle instructed Timothy about the importance of being completely faithful to the Word of God.

THINK AND ACT BIBLICALLY

PLACE FOR TRUTH

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