Pastors, Preach the Word (18/8)

I have one small word of advice for pastors & preachers: PREACH GOD’s WORD (boldly)! (pun intended)

I don’t know about you, but when I walk into a church service, I want to hear God’s Word being preached, and I’m quite certain I’m not the only one. Sure, there are those who are there who would want their ears tickled by some entertaining stories or less preachy sermons. I’m sure out of your deep desire to want to reach out to them you might are almost certain to be less preachy, more entertaining, more jokes here and there, more stories here and there.

But guess what? For those faithful believers who are there, they are not fed by the Word. And these are those who will stick with the church through thick and thin…. As the saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the disinterested simply goes away….” Why would they stay? If they wanted to have  interesting stories, there are far better storytellers out there. So it looks like you most probably wouldn’t keep them.

So why would you want to deprive those who wants to be faithful to God of His Living Word? Why would I want to stay unless the church takes God’s Word seriously? And if I see it handled this way, would I want to continue to stay? Why as shepherd are you not taking care of the sheep? Remember what Paul commands Timothy his protegé:

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. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

So preachers & pastors, Preach God’s Word boldly. It’s the thing we need, and what the disinterested desperately need, nothing else is more important than that. Preach the word, not the world.

Hurt with the truth, Don't comfort with lies

Sorry for the delay (16/6)

Sorry there wasn’t any posts for the last 8 days, I was in China with my family for a holiday, turns out China banned Google, Facebook and WordPress. There was no way I could have updated the blog, not even the mobile app works. Internet was also horribly slow……

Will resume my blog posts tomorrow, need some time to get back into my usual daily routine.

So do come back again tomorrow, I’ll be posting some book reviews soon too, so do stay tuned for that. 🙂

What the Church Needs – Preaching the Whole Counsel of God (26/5)

Read this parable from Charles Spurgeon. HT: Trevin Wax

Does the reason why going to the house of God has become so distasteful to a great many of the population lie in this direction? I believe it does. Have our Lord’s servants been chopping up their own odds and ends and tainted bits to make therewith a potted meat for the millions; and do the millions therefore turn away? Listen to the rest of my parable.

I don’t know about your church, but I know mine. And I think each and every church needs good preaching. Good in the sense that the preacher really does preaches God’s Word, I’ve heard far too many sermons that likes to tell stories rather than expounding the text, or preachers who like to show how “innovative” they can be at interpreting a text, often trying to come out with novel interpretations that were never present in text originally.

Our churches are dying, we need faithful preachers, good preachers who will work hard at understanding the text, delivering good application found inside the text and depending heavily on God in prayer for His help through it all. God help us, and raise a generation of faithful preachers.

One good book that taught me what good preaching constitutes is “Why Johnny can’t preach” You should get a copy and read this if you’re a preacher. One other book I hope to read and do a review soon would be Expository Preaching by David Helm.

What about you? What do you think the Church needs? What books would you recommend on expository preaching?

 

What do you look for in a church?

Chance upon this article on whether we expect too much or too little from a church. Good article, But I was also reminded, what do we look for in a church? Most importantly, if an unbeliever comes into your church, what do you want him/her to be aware of?

2 things came to my mind:

1) You guys worship God.

2) This Jesus is really the center of the worship.

Let me explain.

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MH370 Missing: My thoughts so far

This is a sobering news and I’ve been shaken since this is something that happened close to home. I do remember when I heard this news on Sat morning and i remembered that one of my colleagues flew overseas the night before. I imagined with if my colleague was one of them who were lost, or what if I was one of the persons on the place, what would be like? And how would I response?

Sobering, because man is put at his rightful place where he belongs, a minute creature who is not in control of many things (though he may wish and try with all his might). God is still seated enthroned on his throne

“God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” Psalm 47:8

A good reminder for me to ask myself, where have I placed my trust? In Man or in God?

 

Praying that they will find the plane soon and find out the truth of what has happened.