Bulletin – April 15, 2012

May God help us fall in love with and remain in love with preaching. We must be a worshiping church, but not at the expense of preaching. It is good that we are a musical church, but not at the expense of preaching. We’d better be a friendly church, but that doesn’t replace preaching. We must be visited by the supernatural, but the moving of His Spirit and the demonstration of His might should only lead us to and confirm the truth of preaching. Such is the testimony of the apostles: “They went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (Mark 16:20). How can one establish the value of preaching? What is the estimate of having a man of God who will fulfill the instruction of Ezekiel: “They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean: (Ezekiel 44:23)? What is the worth of a voice that will declare the Word of God? What is the significance of preaching? I can please God only with faith, and faith comes by hearing His Word. (See Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17.) Preaching convicts sinners, preaching heals the wounded, preaching brings hope, and preaching builds the church. And yet amazingly much of the Christian world is turning its back on it.