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"It's not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting, it's that it's been tried and found difficult!" - G.K. Chesterton

WHY GOD STILL USES PREACHING

Andrew Corbett teaching God's WordI once had someone tell me that preaching was no longer necessary in a church service. They reasoned that in the days of the early church there were no copies of the New Testament yet. Therefore, they needed preachers to inform them of what the New Testament taught. Added to this, most in the first few centuries A.D. were illiterate, and therefore preaching was essential then as well. Obviously today, neither of these circumstances are still the case, therefore, they reasoned, preaching is no longer needed.

Preaching might be distinguished from Christian teaching in a few ways. Teaching imparts knowledge, understanding, and brings clarity to how God expects us to live. It is essentially the exposition of God’s Word so that hearers are familiarised with Scripture, understand its context, and clearly see how to apply the Sacred Text. Preaching on the other hand quickly moves to the last of these teaching goals. It inspires its hearers and motivates them to obey the Gospel.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
First Corinthians 1:21

Reading through the New Testament Epistles gives us a picture of God’s intention for the church gathering (“assembly”) to: worship in song, celebrate the Lord’s Table, exercise spiritual gifts, pray together, and receive the preaching of God’s Word. The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians that some evil people had hindered them from preaching to the Gentiles and the result was that these Gentiles would not be saved (1Thess. 2:16). He told Timothy not to neglect the preaching of God’s Word (2Tim. 4:2). 

Therefore, if you are called to be a preacher, you have a high-calling from God. Charles Haddon Spurgeon famously told his students, “If God has called you to be a preacher, never stoop to be a king!” It is my hope that the articles and resources on this site will help you to grow as a preacher and perhaps enable you to pick up some things you can use to enhance your preaching ministry.

And when it comes to teaching on some of the most difficult subjects, such as End Times, discover why thousands of pastors from around world have found the eBook, THE MOST EMBARRASSING BOOK IN THE BIBLE so helpful for them to understand what the Church’s role in this world should be amidst the shrill of so many Bible-Prophecy ministries which forecast doom and gloom. Check it out and you’ll see why. PREVIEW

Where Have All The Pastors Gone?

Where have all the pastors gone?

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My Third Biggest Pastoral Paradigm Shift

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. First Corinthians 10:11 . As I reflect on my recent 20th pastoral anniversary of Legana Christian Church, I've had cause to reflect on three of my most significant pastoral paradigm shifts. I think I was about 17 years of age when I...
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Is The Bible Tomorrow’s Newspaper?

The Bible is uniquely prophetic. No other religious or holy book makes predictions of the future like the Bible does. This phenomenon has led some Bible teachers to over-emphasise the Bible's ability to predict the future. The rise in claims of the Bible's prophetic detail coincided with its increased availability. When medieval scribes increased production of Bible...
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Could we be in the ‘End Times’?

Wars, earthquakes, floods, and famines have long been considered the traits of what many believe to be the Biblical description of the "end times". Added to this is what many understand to be the predictions of increased apostasy, the rise in persecution, the deterioration of society's morals, and the increased compromise and lukewarmness of the Church. And surely, if...
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The Heavens Shall Melt

Has the Law been accomplished? Presumably. Christ said earlier in Matthew 5:17 that this was one of the reasons why He came: to fulfil the Law. But has “heaven and earth” been done away with? How we understand this statement has a great bearing on how we understand the statement in 2Peter 3:12.

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A Non-Futurist Vision Of The Future

I’m not a Futurist. This means that I consider the Bible needs to read and understood as it was intended. I consider this to be taking the Bible “literally”. But I do have a Biblically informed vision for the future!

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What The Bible Says About The Sabbath

THE RELEVANCE OF THE SABBATH FOR TODAY  God's Word tells us that from the beginning He established a "week" and set aside one day out of this seven day cycle to be for rest and reflection - the Sabbath. On that day the people were to respect and honor God by resting from regular activity (such as work activities) and participating in public worship. This was done as a...
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Was Jesus Ignorant?

Was Jesus Ignorant? It is argued that Jesus as God Incarnate sometimes only operated out of limited human knowledge! Written by Dr Andrew Corbett, President of ICI Theological College Australia, and author of the popular commentary on the Book of Revelation- The Most Embarrassing Book In The Bible, December 29th 2011 Take a Bible College Course on Jesus Christ (called...
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