Monday, November 21, 2011

Sympathy for the Preacher (Not the devil, hey leave them gospel preachers alone)

QUESTION RECEIVED:

A visiting pastor does not wait to be introduced but takes the microphone from the praise and worship leader and starts to preach. Is this correct?

MY ANSWER:

Here is what goes on in a God honoring Biblical New Testament worship service.
In worship we read, sing, say, hear, preach, pray and see the Bible in the Lord's Supper and baptism to participate in biblical sanctioned worship. How we introduce preachers is not listed in Scripture.
What is a worship leader? What are their biblical qualifications to strum a guitar, bang a drum, or sing?
What I am saying is I hope and pray that the worship leader is really the Holy Spirit who is leading us to touch the LORD through celebrating the work of redemption by Christ on the cross.
Was the visiting preacher rude? I do not know. His church culture might be just different from yours by how he approached the pulpit. Yes, the preacher might have just been rude.

Yet...

As a preacher I hope we all preachers are preoccupied with what and how the Holy Spirit wants us to communicate to the people so they can touch the hem of the Master's garment.

The question that should be asked is did the preacher bring the gospel to the people through the reliability of Scripture?

Preaching the gospel is representing the LORD and touching the heart and mind using the Biblical text to get people into a deeper adoration of the LORD in worship and or for conversion to Christ for eternal life.
Preaching is a physically and mentally great and life changing task commissioned by the LORD. (1 Corinthians 1:29)
This conversion through the perfect life, death, burial and Resurrection of Christ Jesus gives the sinner forgiveness of sins, peace with God and citizenship in an eternal kingdom when the sinner repents and believes the gospel. So, the preacher just might have had greater things on his mind than just how he took the microphone or was introduced.

Jeremiah gives a point of view of the preacher that needs to be understood.
Preachers should be consumed by what the LORD has placed on their hearts.
Souls are in the balance for eternity after the gospel is presented.

Jeremiah 20:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

"9 But if I say, “I will not remember Him
Or speak anymore in His name,”
Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
And I am weary of holding it in,
And I cannot endure it."

Thank you LORD for faithful gospel preachers.

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