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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

How Can We Understand The Book Of Revelation?

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 We all approach the Bible with certain ideas that color the way we read it. This is especially the case with the Book of Revelation. While certain parts of the Bible are difficult to...
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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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Brexit And Bible Prophecy

Some Bible Prophecy ministries claim that Britain’s exit from the European Union (“Brexit”) was prophesied in the Bible. Let’s see.

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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 The Original Creation “Perfect”?

How would you define “perfect”? l’m not sure that too many people have pondered how many things in life are perfect. Perhaps most Christians would regard only two things as “perfect”: (i) God, and (ii) The original Creation.

I try to teach my church that Biblical literacy involves being able to discern what is indeed a Biblical statement, and what is meant by a Biblical statement. When it comes to pondering what “perfect” means, we may have a problem if we look to support our two examples with Scripture. Firstly, Matthew 5:48 asserts that God is perfect. Not only is God essentially perfect, but so are His ways (Deut. 32:4), and His will (Rom. 12:2).

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Christianity’s Most Important Doctrines

What are the bare essential beliefs of Christianity? What are the other beliefs that are important but not essential for salvation? Some people are very passionate about their particular view of End Times (“Eschatology”) while on the other hand, some people are very indifferent about it. Some Evangelical Denominations have very narrow views about what constitutes acceptable views about Eschatology. In some of these denominations they actually make agreement with their End Times position an essential requirement for ordination. Many people find the topic so difficult that they’s rather not even attempt it. One prominent Seattle preacher recently said that discussing aspects of Eschatology was as important as discussing “wookies” (from the Star Wars movie series)! In one respect he is right, in that, there are several Biblical doctrines which are far more important than Eschatology. But…

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Climate Change And End Times

A Christian Response To Climate Change - Is Climate Change A Sign of the End Times?  Written by Dr Andrew Corbett,  President of ICI Theological College Australia [April 7th, 2009] It seems that the Christian response to the claim of rapid climate change is polarised between the extremes of outright denial on the one hand and apocalyptic alarm on the other. And these...
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Atheists Now Claim That Bible Prophecies Have Failed

New Atheists now claim that Bible prophecies have failed! Here’s why they’re wrong and Jesus was right!

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