Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pastors, Don't Waste Your Pulpit

Pastors and preachers, please preach Jesus tomorrow morning. "High church" or "relevant" church, megachurch or minichurch, traditional or contemporary, expository or topical, whatever or whatever: give your people Jesus. Not a little Jesus. A lot.

Don't save him for a special occasion.

Just speaking for myself, I have a major crisis of conscience when I feel as though I haven't preached enough Jesus. I believe it is my duty to center on the gospel every week because the Bible says it is of first importance. That means it can't be occasional or implicit.

I don't want to preach, leave the building in my car, get hit on the interstate and die, and have anyone be able to say, "His last message was on our inner potential to be awesome," or whatever. I want to teach so that if any given message is my last, it can't be said that I went out failing to have preached the gospel, failing to have proclaimed the glory of God.

Why do we settle for less?
When we have in the endless fountain of Scripture "the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God" and "the unsearchable riches of Christ" why do we break even for one week from that stuff to preach the searchable riches of us? Why do we press pause on the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God in the amazing gospel of grace to press play on the Seven Steps to Being a Better Person?

If you're a pastor/preacher, don't waste your pulpit!


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Dan said...

That was awesome! Not a Pastor but I like what Piper is saying. Great vids lately!

Diane R said...

I completely agree with you, but I would ask, which Jesus? The Jesus of the liberal Protetants and now the emergents- the social justice atonment Jesus? Or the Jesus of the cross and His substitutionary atonement for us? I think you meant the latter. I hope so...:)

Jared said...

Diane, the Jesus of Scripture.

The pre-incarnate Word.
The Son of God.
God become man.
Servant king.
Prince of Peace.
Spotless lamb.
Exalted Lord of the Universe.
Coming judge.

I've been in churches where Jesus' name is barely mentioned, and occasionally isn't mentioned at all. So any of the above would be a good start. :-)