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The Spirit, the Preacher, and the Word (Part 9)

The American humorist Will Rogers once said, “I refuse to accept my religion from anyone who earns his living only by the sweat of his jaw!” Preaching is incredible risky business. We want to be Spirit-led, Spirit-enthused, and Spirit-pleasing, don’t we?

Jesus’ Upper Room Discourse tells us some of the ministries of the Third Person of the Trinity. But how does He relate to our preaching? Let’s look at our section of that discourse one more time . . .

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. . . . 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2017 in God the Holy Spirit

 

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The Spirit, the Preacher, and the Word (Part 8)

How is the Spirit of God involved in the preacher’s study, preparation, and delivery of sermons today? There is no instrument that tells us that if we shout more, or wave our arms enthusiastically, or tell tear-jerking stories we will have the assurance that the Spirit is actively working in our sermons. So how can we know that He is involved? Let’s ponder this passage from the Upper Room Discourse once more time . . .

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. . . . 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2017 in conviction of sin

 

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The Spirit, the Preacher, and the Word (Part 7)

If you are reading these posts on the Holy Spirit and preaching, thank you! These give me the opportunity to think my way through some critical questions about how the Spirit helps us preachers in our preparation and delivery of God’s Word. Let’s read over these verses in John 15 and 16 once more . . .

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. . . . 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2017 in the holy spirit

 

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The Spirit, the Preacher, and the Word (Part 6)

Biblical Eldership Resources (http://biblicaleldership.com/) has invited me to speak at their conference in March and my topic is “Faithful Preaching and the Power of the Spirt.” These posts are helping me to work my way through some of the issues concerning the preacher and the Spirit of God. Let’s look at our second section of the Upper Room Discourse again . . .

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. . . . 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in preaching

 

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The Spirit, the Preacher, and the Word (Part 5)

As we look at our next section of the Upper Room Discourse (John 15:26-27 and 16:7-15), we continue to ask, “How does the Spirit of God assist the preacher in his ministry?  In what ways can those of us who preach depend more fully on the Holy Spirit?”

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.  . . . But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2017 in preaching

 

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The Spirit, the Preacher, and the Word (Part 1)

Friends:  I have been asked to participate in a March conference with Biblical Eldership Resources.  I will be presenting two messages on the subject of preaching and God the Holy Spirit.  In light of that assignment, I want to take a number of posts to think through some passages that may shed light on the awesome task of proclaiming God’s Word.

Jesus’ “Upper Room Discourse,” as you know, deals with a variety of subjects, not the least being the coming and ministries of the Third Person of the Trinity.  Let’s look at several verses in that discourse which is found in John 14-16.

Jesus gives an amazing promise in John 14:

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in God the Holy Spirit

 

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An Update on My Life and Ministry

Some of you would like to know how the Lord has been leading Linda and me in the last little while.  After enjoying over a year as the part-time interim pastor at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Augusta, Georgia, we are waiting on Him for our next assignment.

At age 67 I will be drawing my Social Security after my birthday (Feb. 2nd — Groundhog’s Day!).  But in terms of ministry, we’re excited to see how He will use us.  At this point, the following activities are on the calendar.

1. Every morning I spend an hour or two with our Amazon business. We ship about 10-15 books every day, books that we’ve gotten from thrift stores, yard sales, people who want to downsize their libraries.  If you’re interested in selling some of your library, let us know!

2.  I’m getting preaching opportunities.  I just preached for two consecutive Sundays at a small Baptist church in Georgia (an hour further than Crossroads).  Delightful folk.  But quite the drive.  I have two “Theology Matters” conferences coming up:  Nov. 4-6 will be at Cedar Valley Bible Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (on the topics of heaven and hell).  On Nov. 17-19 I will be speaking at Hutchinson Bible Chapel in Hutchinson, Kansas on the topic “Living for Jesus in an UnChristian World.”  I love doing these weekend conferences.  Consider having your church invite me!

3.  I’m teaching an online course in “Biblical Principles of Leadership” for Columbia International University.

4.  I’m involved in editing some manuscripts for Christian Focus Publications in Scotland (they’re the folk that published my books The Other Side of the Good News, DocTALK, and DocWALK).

5.  I’m finally getting back to writing.  I just had an article published on the patheos.com website on the tragedy in Las Vegas.  You may find that article here:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/evangelicalpulpit/2017/10/stephen-paddock-hell/

If you have room on your prayer list, you could pray for the following —

(1) That the Lord would give me opportunities to share the gospel with my unsaved friends.

(2)  That a church which is between pastors might put me to work!

(3)  That the Lord would guide me in writing stuff that would be useful for the Kingdom!

Thank you, Friends.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2017 in ministry

 

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