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Preaching… this is another area in which I am not satisfied with what I experience in the churches I have attended. And I bumped into this scripture
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead a His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word!” – 2 Timothy 4:1
and this explanation of the word kerusso, which is greek for preaching…
The word that Paul chose for “preaching” is “Kerusso”. This is a style/ method of communication. This is not the same thing as a small group discussion or a fireside chat. These are not kiddie sermons.
Kenneth Wuest says that “Kerusso,”
“at once called to mind the Imperial Herald, spokesman of the Emperor, proclaiming in a formal, grave, and authoritative manner which must be listened to, the message which the Emperor gave him to announce. It brought before him the picture of the town official who would make a proclamation in a public gathering… It is a sharp command in military language. This should be the pattern of the preacher today.” — (Wuest, The Pastoral Epistles in the New Testament, p. 154)
You see, my inner disquiet with the softness of modern preaching comes from my own experience that in order to shift the Heavenlies and to make the gospel known to the rulers and authorities in Heavenly places, I have had to be strong and bold and courageous – just like Joshua when he was commanded to take the land.
So if I have to be very bold in my life to find freedom and I have to be very bold when praying for this city or for other people’s lives for them to find freedom… why would I preach without the same military style boldness?
It makes no sense to me… and now I see the exhortation from Paul to “preach the word!” and the word for preach that he used is “Kerusso” and it is an “authoritative manner which must be listened to, the message which the Emperor gave him to announce”.
Now let me be blunt about something I have also been saying on this blog over the years. In a church where the drawcard is music, you cannot bear to offend the people. But in a church where the drawcard is God’s Spirit, God’s Presence and the fruit of the Spirit (love, healings, signs) you can be much more authoritative.
If people come to your church because you are nice to them (seeker friendly) they will leave if you tell them what to do. But if they come because you have TRUTH and that truth sets them FREE… then they have come for the truth and you are free to give it to them in big doses.
The foundation of any church simply MUST be the “signs” that indicate the Presence of the Holy Spirit…
The things that mark an apostle–signs, wonders and miracles–were done among you with great perseverance. – 2 Cor 12;12
and these signs will follow those who believe in my name they will cast out demons they will speak in other tongues and… will heal the sick. – Mark 16:17-18
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:8
Please note that I desire that many other things be present as well such as love…
No man hath seen God at any time. If we LOVE one another, God dwelleth in us, and his LOVE IS PERFECTED in us. – 1 John 4:12
But the point of this post is to say that God must initially be present with us and grant His signs to us as confirmation… and then on that basis we can confirm that we have His approval and we can speak boldy in His name.
But without Him, His approval and His leadership… we have to tread lightly and we cannot preach as Paul described: “Kerusso” – the Greek word for “a sharp command in military language“.
Because of this
And through he hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. – Acts 5:12
Peter was able to speak very bluntly and boldly about how to get into the Kingdom of God. And people present can see that the Kingdom is near and by that evidence they KNOW that the person speaking actually DOES know how to get into the Kingdom of God.
What do you think? Why do you go to your church? Do you see the signs Jesus Christ said to look for? Leave a comment!
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