BibleBookendsI heard a very good message in church yesterday. It was relevant, inspiring and thought-provoking.

The speaker was very good as well. He confronted the people confidently and lovingly. His illustrations were funny but on point. He held the attention of the people from beginning to end. While he was not the regular preacher of the church,  it was clear that the members loved his preaching. He was a very good communicator. At the end of the worship service, I heard people excitedly talking about the main points of his sermon.

He began his sermon with a reading from 1 Corinthians 12. However, after that, he never mentioned and referred to this passage of Scripture. In other words, the body of his sermon was not an exposition of his chosen text. It seemed to me that the reading of 1 Corinthians 12 was just used as a springboard for what he wanted to say. And then, to conclude his sermon, he read another passage: Ephesians 4. No explanation for this passage either. On our way home, I sadly said to my wife: “Bookends. Today, the Scriptures were treated as a pair bookends.”

We need to regard the Scriptures better than that! God gave us His Word “to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT).

The preaching of God’s Word is a fearsome responsibility. To a large extent, the preacher serves as God’s mouthpiece to help people to know God and His will better. I am not an motivational speaker who adds Scriptures to spice up my speech. If I simply use God’s Word as a pair of bookends, then I am not faithful to my calling as His preacher.  I believe the same holds true for all pastors, including our speaker yesterday.

What do you think?

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