Preachers are Failing their Congregations

Tuesday is for Preaching

preach-the-wordTought Primer: Is it likely that in any church service, there are some present who have not had a life-changing conversion experience.

They may carry Bibles; they may call themselves Christ followers; they may believe they are ‘saved’; they may speak fluent “Christianese”, but they have never truly placed their trust in Christ as their atoning sacrifice for sin?

Scripture: Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “
Imagine the surprise of some when they hear those terrifying words slapping them into reality and out of their delusions!

Questions:

  1. Why wouldn’t you find a way to preach the gospel in every message?
  2. Isn’t it paramount that we follow Paul’s dictum and “determine to know nothing … except Jesus Christ and him crucified”? (1 Cor. 2:2)
  3. How can we fail to preach the one message that will change both temporal and eternal destinies?

Let the discussion begin.


2 thoughts on “Preachers are Failing their Congregations

  1. I agree.
    In addition, there is the matter of establishing rapport with the hearers. I know of one example of attending worship in a small congregation (about 40) for four weeks and being contacted personally by only one one person. Partly because I visit other churches so much, I am particularly sensitive to the need for regular worshipers to greet newcomers — and I don’t mean just the greeter! Visitors may not hear the gospel when preached if they are given a cold shoulder by the others around them.

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  2. Amen! I try to keep this thought in mind when I write since I always assume there is someone who needs to hear the gospel as it relates to every part of our lives. In fact, teaching Christ and Him crucified is my passion because I was one of those people who for nearly 20 years called myself a follower of Christ but was not truly committing my life to Him and trusting Him fully. I want people to know Him as He wants to be known!

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