Saturday, July 2, 2011

Trusting God For The Results

I have been reading a book about preaching with the youth pastor at my church. It is a book that has many different authors who each give their take on the preacher and the act of preaching (don't worry, review coming soon). As I was reading a chapter this past week on "The Teaching Preacher" by R.C. Sproul, I was struck by a quote that he gave from Martin Luther. Here it is:
"Your task, O preacher, is to make sure that you are faithful to the text, that you are faithful to the proclamation of that gospel, that you are faithful to set forth the whole counsel of God, and then step back and let it happen. I don't have to try to cajole and persuade people with my techniques to get them to respond. I preach the law, I preach the gospel, and the Holy Ghost attends the ministry of that word to bring forth the fruit."
As a preacher, what a helpful thought. I don't know if I could be in the ministry I am if I believed everything was up to me. If it was up to my illustration or my humor I would be in trouble. I am not sure I would be able to enter the pulpit each week. But the Scriptures tell me that God does His work through His Word.

The one thing I have been taught in ministry by those who have discipled me is that God honors His Word being lifted up. That is why I preach and teach the Bible. I am not saying that illustrations are not important. I am not saying that humor is not important. What I am saying is that my job is to help the listener each week understand the meaning and point of the Scriptures. And as I do that, God does His Work through His Spirit. I am trusting God to do the work!

Preachers, let this be a reminder to you to be faithful to the text of Scripture tomorrow. Give your people the Word of God and let His Spirit move in their heart!

Listeners, think about your responsibility tomorrow. This is not an excuse for you to sit back and let God work. There will be no excuses when it comes to how you respond to the preaching of God's Word as it is explained.

Does that quote impact you like it impacted me?

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