Being the Voice of God

A really spot on set of observations coming from David Prince. First the problem:

Many stroll to the pulpit to talk to their congregation about God. They don’t really believe that in Christian preaching they are speaking for God.

And the difference:

Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “True preaching, after all, is God acting. It is not just a man uttering words; it is God using him.” Do you believe that? I find many evangelicals are committed to biblical inerrancy and have sound theology, but possess a casual attitude toward preaching. The difference between understanding the preaching task as identifying with the people and talking about God and as standing under the authority of God and preaching his word as his voice to the congregation is profound.

You can read the full article here: http://erlc.com/article/the-word-domesticated

2 thoughts on “Being the Voice of God

  • May 13, 2014 at 10:24 pm
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    On the top, this points out how we shouldn’t be timid when we’re preaching, because we’re speaking for God, or at least speaking and interpreting God’s words to our fellow people. That’s hard for me, because culturally, I want to suggest the answer and the application, not bomb them with it. But at bottom, we have to ask — is God ever casual with us? Does he ever identify with us?

  • June 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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    Here’s a quote from Paige Patterson, describing Bill Gothard, that relates well to the original post:

    “Leaders in churches should learn from the Gothard phenomenon that people want theology, but they want it in terms that they can comprehend and personally apply to life’s encounters. The amazing reception given to Gothard by evangelical Christians, many of them Baptists, is ample
    testimony that most Christian people want to hear, not an erudite theologian expounding the subtleties of the latest philosophical theorems, but a man who speaks as a messenger from God.”

    Paige Patterson. 1976. The Theological Educator 6, no. 2 (spring 1976): 11-13.

    I guess the thing is that we need to be confident in God and his message, and tell the people what it is clear from the Bible that he wants them to know and do, but also be humble in admitting the parts we don’t understand or have a hard time personally following, because we are just like our listeners.

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