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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Preaching without Compromise 

I listened to a fantastic CD this week on the sermon that Jesus gave to the multitudes who had gathered in Luke 12-13 (this passage parallels the more familiar Matthew 5-8 "Sermon on the Mount"). The speaker asked the question, "if you had the opportunity to preach an evangelistic message to tens of thousands of people all at once, what would you tell them?" He then gave ten fine suggestions based on the teaching of Jesus:
  1. Get away from false and empty religion, which amounts to hypocrisy. (12:1-3)
  2. Fear the God who has the knowledge and power to judge you. (12:4-7)
  3. Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. (12:8-9)
  4. Honor the regenerating and revealing ministry of the Holy Spirit. (12:10-12)
  5. Abandon the world and its material things. (12:13-21)
  6. Seek the Kingdom of God. (12:22-34)
  7. Expect the return of Christ in judgement. (12:35-48)
  8. Be willing to sacrifice human relationships. (12:49-53)
  9. Make an effort to settle with God while you can. (12:54-59)
  10. Realize that physical death is imminent and certain. (13:1-9)
This is a powerful and sobering message. I don't think it's what many would consider seeker sensitive. But it is the truth and it needs to be told.

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