Teaching What Counts

Teaching What Counts

It is obvious from Scripture that God requires us not only to preach to sinners, but also to teach them.  Don’t forget we are all sinners! The servant of the Lord must be able to teach, be patient, and be humble correcting those who oppose them (timothy: 2:24, 25). For a long time I thought our job was only to dive in and plant a seed and run!  But our responsibility goes further. We are to bring the sinner to a point of understanding their need before God. Psalm 25:8 says, “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in His ways.” Psalm 51:13 adds, “Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, so that sinners shall be converted to You.”  The Great Commission is to “make disciples of all the nations….teaching them to observe all things” (Matt. 28:19,20). The disciples obeyed the command.  They did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42).

The “good-soil” hearer is he who “hears…and understands” (Matthew 13:23).  Philip the evangelist saw fit to ask his potential convert, the Ethiopian, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  Some preachers are loud and strong like a shot gun that misses the target.  It may sound right and effective, but if he misses the target, then his efforts are not effective and he has wasted his time.  If people leave the meeting failing to understand their desperate need of God’s forgiveness, then the preacher has failed. He has missed the target, which is the understanding of the sinner.  This is why the Law of God must be used in preaching. It is a “tutor” to bring “the knowledge of sin” (Galatians: 3:24; Romans 3:20). It teaches and instructs. A sinner will come to “know His will, and approve the things that are excellent,” if he is “instructed out of the Law” (Romans 2:18).

 

“Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

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John Rudich

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