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NEW "A Crisis in the Church: 6 Questions to Ask When Scrutinizing a Sermon" by Pastor Mike

“The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these (the Bereans) were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.” (Acts 17:10-12)

A CRISIS IN THE CHURCH

There is a crisis in the church.

(A crisis is: “a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.”)

The crisis in the church is this.

There is no (or minuscule) scrutinizing of what’s coming from / being said in the pulpit.

(Scrutinize means: “to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.”)

Let me ask you.

When was the last time you actually when back to the Bible and measured what the person speaking in front of you was saying whether it was Biblical or not?

Was it last Sunday?

Was it two Sundays ago?

Was it last month?

Last year?

I’ll bet you’ve never done it (or rarely).

(I am purposely “exaggerating” to make the point.)

And could it be that the great falling away (from the faith) that the Bible talks about is happening right now? (2 Thessalonians 2:3-10)

And could it be that the great falling away (from the faith) that the Bible talks about is happening right now and under some of the most popular preachers and teachers in America? (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

6 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN SCRUTINIZING A SERMON

And so what does a person look for when scrutinizing a sermon / message from the pulpit?

I have put it in the form of 6 questions to ask…

1. Is the Bible actually being read and then used as the source of the sermon (versus the speaker’s experiences or a direct revelation or something else)?

2. Does the sermon line up with what the Bible says?

(A sub question would be: Where does it say that in the Bible?)

3. Does the sermon properly distinguish between Law and Gospel?

"When God gives orders and tells us what will happen if we fail to obey those orders perfectly, that is in the category of what the reformers, following the biblical text, called law. When God promises freely, providing for us because of Christ's righteousness the status he demands of us, this is in the category of gospel. It is good news from start to finish. The Bible includes both, and the reformers were agreed that the Scriptures taught clearly that the law, whether Old or New Testament commands, was not eliminated for the believer (those from a Dispensational background may notice a difference here). Nevertheless, they insisted that nothing in this category of law could be a means of justification or acceptance before a holy God ... The law comes, not to reform the sinner nor to show him or her the "narrow way" to life, but to crush the sinner's hopes of escaping God's wrath through personal effort or even cooperation. All of our righteousness must come from someone else-someone who has fulfilled the law's demands. Only after we have been stripped of our "filthy rags" of righteousness (Isa. 64:6)- our fig leaves through which we try in vain to hide our guilt and shame-can we be clothed with Christ's righteousness. First comes the law to proclaim judgment and death, then the gospel to proclaim justification and life. One of the clearest presentations of this motif is found in Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. In the sixteenth century, the issue of law and grace was more clearly dealt with than at almost any other time since the apostles."

Modern Reformation Good News: The Gospel for Christians (May/June 2003)

4. Does the sermon exegete a Scripture text or something else?

(exegesis: “critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible.”)

5. Is the gospel being preached?

(The gospel is Christ crucified for our sins and raised from the dead on the third day. The proper response is to repent and believe in the gospel and then bear fruit in keeping with repentance.)

6. Does the sermon focus on you or on Christ?

(For example, you are not David in the story of David and Goliath. There is no prescription in that story for you to follow to defeat any Goliaths that you are facing. The story of David and Goliath is about Christ, a descendant of David and of whom David is a type. David defeating Goliath is a picture of Christ defeating sin, death and the devil.)
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Does your Pastor actually preach from a Bible text or something else (e.g. a thought that popped into his mind that he claims was God's voice)?
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I just sent out my latest slideshow to 1,837 email subscribers. Sign up yourself if you like → http://www.aheartforgod.org Happy New Year 2017 :)

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[Nothing can] separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39b 
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NEW A Crisis in the Church: 6 Questions to Ask When Scrutinizing a Sermon → http://www.aheartforgod.org/2017/01/15/a-crisis-in-the-church-6-questions-to-ask-when-scrutinizing-a-sermon/ Pastor Mike talks about a crisis in the church where rarely do the people of God scrutinize the preaching going on.
“The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these (the Bereans) were more noble-minded than thos…
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Expect your pastor to preach Christ crucified today (and not about how you can be rich and have an easy life).
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Evangelical preachers have been using Scripture out of context for years.
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NEW 17 Inspirational Bible Verses to Encourage You in 2017 (slideshow) → http://www.aheartforgod.org/2016/12/31/17-inspirational-bible-verses-to-encourage-you-in-2017-slideshow/ A list of uplifting quotes from Holy Scripture.
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Your sin is not too great for a holy God to forgive. Repent and believe in the gospel. 
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