Saturday, September 17, 2005

Opening up, not boiling down

Adrian Warnock has recently made two important points about the gospel:
1. Someone can be saved on the merest snippet of truth then spend a lifetime making sense of it.
2. The gospel actually includes the entire teaching of the bible and thus cannot be adequately contained in any system.
Amen. I'm trying to help our congregation put that first point into practice. This past Lord's Day I reminded my congregation that the job of preaching is not to "boil down" the Bible into a nice sound bite. God has already boiled his Word down, so to speak, into the Bible itself. Our job as preachers is not to boil down but to open up---to open the minds and hearts of our hearers to the transforming vastness of the Word.

4 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Wonderful and important insights. Thanks for pointing them out to us, Milton.

9:25 AM, September 17, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Bob.

12:19 PM, September 17, 2005  
Blogger thebluefish said...

Amen.

12:01 PM, September 18, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

And thank you too, Dave

2:48 PM, September 18, 2005  

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