Preach the Word!

Preach the Word!

The following is a Captain Headknowledge rerun from February 12, 2006.

The Scriptures just handed me another blade with which to continue my ongoing crusade to reintroduce the Gospel to Evangelicalism. I was listening to the book of 1 Peter on CD, when I heard that Peter writes that we were born again through the living and abiding word of God, he ended the passage clarifying what the “word” is that gave us new life: “And this word is the good news that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:25b).

“And this word is the good news that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:25b)

I’ve been amazed in the past couple of years how deaf the ears are on which this message falls. The constant reply to my constant pleas that every sermon should always be explicitly built on the foundation of the Gospel of the sinless life of Jesus, the death of Jesus because of our sins and the resurrection of Jesus because those who come to faith are justified is that “we are to preach ‘the Word’.

“And this word is the good news that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:25b)

What my dear brethren mean is that we should preach the “whole counsel of God.” We should preach more than just the Gospel, the Bible talks about all kinds of other things than just the Gospel, if we always preach the Gospel, we won’t have time to preach the rest of the Bible. What they miss is that I’m not talking about preaching the Gospel instead of the rest of the Bible, I’m talking about (and so did the Reformers, who recovered the Gospel out of the ash heap of Romanism, the “Founding Fathers” of “Evangelicalism”) preaching all of the Bible in context.

What is the context? The Gospel.

Everything that comes before the sinless Christ crucified and risen for sinners points to and reaches its pinnacle and therefore its ultimate point in the sinless Christ crucified and risen for sinners; likewise, everything that is revealed in Scripture after the sinless Christ crucified and risen for sinners (you know, all that “practical” and “relevant” stuff) flows out of and is built on the foundation of the sinless Christ crucified and risen for sinners.

If we talk about everything that leads up to the Gospel but leave out any explicit reference to the Gospel as the point of that material, and get off on things other than that ultimate point, then we are not preaching the Word.

“And this word is the good news that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:25b)

If we talk about all that practical stuff that is built on the foundation of the Gospel and flows from the source of the Gospel, assuming everyone understands that the Gospel is the source, foundation and reason we do these things, then we are not preaching the Gospel, because I don’t care how long people have been involved in church, if they don’t get reminded constantly (in every sermon) that all that stuff they are to do which is taught in Scripture is founded on, has it source in, and is done because of, and by the power of the Gospel, the Power of God for Salvation to Everyone who Believes, then they’re going to wind up doing it by their own power and for their own reasons. And therefore, the Word hasn’t been preached.

“And this word is the good news that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:25b).

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7 responses

  1. I’ve seen that pulpit somewhere Cap’n… where did you get the pic? I need it.

    Gage Browning
    Post Tenebras Lux

  2. I took it with my cell phone when I stopped by your church on my way to work one night and visited with whoever was in the building. It turned out to be the secretary. She offered to let me view the sanctuary, so I snapped the pic. Thought that might get your attention. It’s a pretty good picture, isn’t it? I have it on my cell phone’s background now.

  3. Hey, I didn’t realize you were back….i got alot of catching up to do on your blog!
    Good post, it’s so simple…how in the world does preaching the word get lost in the modern pulpit?

  4. Will,

    Because it’s so easy to associate the gospel with justification and to ignore our need for it in our sanctification. Folks think they need to move on from the gospel.

  5. John,

    Send me that pic if you don’t mind. It is a really good one.
    Kyle

  6. Kyle,

    Done. It is a rather photogenic pulpit, isn’t it?

  7. Cap’n,
    Would you believe a guy in our Church made it by hand?

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