Thursday, April 17, 2014

In Preaching, Let the Text Say What it Says--So that it Will do What it is Designed to do

As preachers and students of the Word, we all have certain theological leanings, and some are adherents to a particular system of theology.  Yes, when reading or studying the Bible we do so in light of our theological bent; however, when studying and interpreting the Scriptures we should not impose our particular theological bias upon the text, but let the text say what it says.  This will result in a much fairer treatment of the text, and will then result in much clearer expounding of that text in our preaching, and clarity in preaching produces clarity of thought and understanding in the hearer.

When we do this we will earn the trust of our people as they may not understand all the nuances of a particular system, but can usually tell when we are artificially imposing a meaning upon the text that is not readily apparent from its context.

Our job is not to make our people adherents of our chosen system or to have them line up with our bias, but our job is to make our people more like Christ; which is what the Scriptures are designed to do, and therefore why we should do our best to bring out the clear unclouded meaning of the text.
(Colossians 1:28-29, Galatians 4:19, Ephesians 4:11-13, Romans 8:29).

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