Checking the Pulse…

April 28, 2010

I realize we are not doing a great job keeping the blog current. I think our last post was mid-March, so I’ve resolved to do better in the future.

Paul told Timothy, “Declare the whole counsel of God’s Word.” When you preach expository sermons (verse-by-verse) then you must let the text dictate the point of your message. In other words, the meaning of the text within its context must be is the point and application of the message (sermon). This is a very different approach to Scripture than picking a topic (money, sex, anger, etc) and then picking a verse or verses to support the topic. While expository preaching is, in my estimation, the best way to preach and teach the Bible, the unintended consequence may be that you fail to address issues that are pertinent to the life of the congregation (I doubt this would happen if a pastor preached expository sermons in one congregation over 20+ years, but this is, unfortunately, not the norm in ministry). This may happen depending on which texts or books of the Bible the pastor chooses to teach. For example, if you never preach from Genesis 1-3 you will miss out on important issues related to masculinity, femininity, sexuality and gender roles.  Not every text or book of the Bible addresses every issue that is pertinent and necessary for our  maturity in Christ, though it should be noted that the Bible as a whole does deal with all that we need as it pertains to life (in Christ) and godliness (2Peter 1:3).

Recently Pastor David and I have been discussing issues and/or topics that have not been addressed as regularly as perhaps they should in our teaching. Issues such as divorce, hell, sex and sexuality (including homosexuality), marriage, masculinity, femininity, etc.  I don’t think this is for a lack of courage or conviction about these issues, as much as it is just something that has just happened as we’ve set our teaching trajectory. Call it a blind spot if you will.

So I’m wondering, what cultural/biblical issues, doctrines or books of the Bible do you think we need to focus on in the near future? You can leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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4 Responses to “Checking the Pulse…”

  1. Kevin Says:

    I second the motion to address the topics you mention. That list sums up many that have been on my mind lately. On the other hand I can’t tell you how much I appreciate such clear Gospel presentation every week no matter the passage or topic. For my heart (and everyone else’s) the Gospel renews, strengthens, convicts, corrects, encourages etc, my thoughts on these topics.

    Thanks to all the Pastors at Concord for you commiment to the Gospel.

  2. Ramona Sumner Says:

    I do appreciate the expository sermons. I feel that Concord is blessed with a staff that obviously honors the Word of God. Sermons could be on families – particularly, discipline, education, and the value of children and the roles of men and women. Other topics that greatly affect our society: pornography, abortion

  3. Glenn Jones Says:

    I like the list you provided, but I believe that it would be very important to preach a series addressing the issue of homosexuality and same-sex attraction, in and outside of the Church.

  4. Ramona Sumner Says:

    We recently heard an excellent sermon on the Holy Spirit. Also, the Chronicle had a short article on the devil that was also excellent. Both were surprises but greatly needed. I think we need sermons on the Holy Spirit, the devil and Hell, and Spiritual Warfare.


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