Session 7 – Preaching the Sovereignty of Christ (Lawson)
Text: Revelation 1:9-16
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,
13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.
14 The hairs of his head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,
15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.
16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. (ESV)
1. Why we preach.
a. The banner over all we do is the glory of God. But under this answer there are subsidiary but important answers.
b. We preach so that the preacher may present every man complete in Christ. That is, bring them into the presence of God as a mature man.
c. Our joy is to see others rewarded by God.
d. In other words, our goal is the sanctification of the believer leading unto their final glorification.
i. Notice the progression in the Great Commission – make disciples (salvation), mark disciples (baptism) and then mature disciples (teaching).
e. Justification and sanctification are inextricably linked. No one comes through the narrow gate and then hooks a hard left to get onto the broad road.
f. Colossians 2:6-7. Three metaphors for receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and living the process of sanctification:
i. Walking in Him
ii. Rooted in Him
iii. Built up in Him
2. To whom we preach.
a. In Colossians 1:28 there is a phrase mentioned three times – every man. We have one message for every man, and that is Jesus Christ.
3. What we preach.
a. In Colossians 1:29 we see:
i. The human side of preaching. Paul says “I labor.” “Labor” here is wearisome toil. Exerting all of one’s strength. And if that is not enough, Paul goes on to use the word “striving”. We get our word “agonize” from this word.
ii. The divine side of preaching. How can any preacher carry out the charge entrusted to him? By the power of God within us. By the energy of God. By the power of God which he works within us like dynamite.