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Session 8 – The Power of Jesus’ Preaching – His Proclamation of the Word

Expositor’s Conference 2013

Session 8 – The Power of Jesus’ Preaching – His Proclamation of the Word (Steve Lawson)

This is Part 2 of the sermon begun in Session 1.

Text: Luke 4:14–21 (NASB95)

14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.

17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed,

19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

Without the power of the Holy Spirit in our preaching, our preaching is dead. The power of the Spirit is not incidental, it is fundamental.

1.  The Spirit-filled preacher is rooted and grounded in the text of the scripture.

A.  Jesus was a Spirit-anointed preacher.

i.      In verses 18-19, we see God the Father anointing God the Son with God the Spirit.

B.  Jesus was anointed as a preacher to:

  i.      Preach the gospel to the poor, that is, the ones absolutely destitute spiritually

ii.      Proclaim release to the captives, that is, those in spiritual bondage to their sins

1.  This is the antitype of the year of Jubilee in the Old Testament

2.  This (today) is the favorable year of the Lord

3. “Release” is also translated “forgiveness”

iii.      Proclaim recovery of sight to the blind, that is, those who are blinded by Satan

iv.      To set free them that are oppressed

v.      To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. Verse 21 tells us that this was fulfilled in their hearing on this day.

1.  Application: there is a sense of urgency in this verse.

2.  The pronouncement of the Lord

A.  Jesus stops reading half-way through the verse.

B.  Jesus sits down to teach, to expound upon, what he has just read.

i.      Read the text

ii.      Explain the text

iii.      Exhort with the text

C.  The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Jesus. What will he say? What will this hometown boy say about this text? Does he address the text in the past? No. Jesus addresses the here and now. Jesus proclaims that this scripture has been fulfilled in their hearing. HAS BEEN. When? Just now.

i.      The free offer of the gospel has just been extended to the hearers.

a.  They were poor, blind, captives, oppressed. The gospel has just been proclaimed to them.


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The Significance of Pentecost Preaching – The Coming of the Spirit

Expositor’s Conference 2013

The Power of the Holy Spirit in Preaching

Session 2 – The Significance of Pentecost Preaching – The Coming of the Spirit (Sinclair Ferguson)

Text: John 14:15–31 (NASB95)

15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

19 “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.

20 “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.

26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

28 “You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

29 “Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.

30 “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;

31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit in preaching. We live in personal communion with the Holy Spirit. He is ever present in our ministry. This communion is distinctive from the communion we have with the Father and with the Son. It is heresy to confuse the distinctives of the various forms of our communion with the members of the Trinity among the members of the Trinity. We never express our communion with God the Father as the one who died on the cross for our sins. That is our communion with only the Son. We must be aware of what is the nature of our specific communion with the Holy Spirit. It is He who sanctifies, it is He who illumines, it is He who comforts, it is He who empowers the preaching.

We must first be aware that it is the Son who sends the Holy Spirit to be with us. We know so much about the gifts of the Spirit, but we are so unaware of the person of the Spirit.

John 16:7 – this is a striking verse. How could it be advantageous for the disciples for Jesus to go away? It is ridiculous. The Christian would chose for Jesus to remain. That is because the Christian does not know the person and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The text we are considering is the chief text of the existence and the application of the Trinity.

Jesus is going to send another comforter. The word “another” here is “allos”, meaning “another of the same kind.” He will be of the same kind as Jesus. Explore what this means:

1.  The Holy Spirit would be a teacher in the same manner as Jesus (v.25-26)

a.  Jesus came as a teacher from God, teaching the very words of God.

b.  Paul writes that the Spirit will teach the deep things of God. This is what we see in verse 20. When the Spirit comes, we will not know less, but more. Specifically, we will be taught more intimately about the nature of Jesus Christ.

c.  The Holy Spirit allows us to see the intimate relationship between the Father and the Son. Even the angels cannot look into the face of God the way the Son does.

d.  The Holy Spirit reveals the depth of the grace of God. We are part of the intimate relationship between the Father and the Son because of the work of the Holy Spirit.

e.  The Spirit teaches us the glory of the Trinity.

f.  Where are we to learn these things? The Spirit will remind us of what Jesus has already said.

i.      He reminded the Apostles of what Jesus said, and they in turned preached these words and wrote about these words.

2.  The Holy Spirit would be a counselor in the same manner as Jesus (v. 16)

a.  Jesus has been the counselor of the disciples for the last three years.

b.  The word “counselor” or “comforter” here is to be taken in the sense of the legal setting. One who comes alongside for the means of defense.

c.  The Holy Spirit came as a defender of Jesus Christ and of His followers.

d.  The Holy Spirit came to convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. He prosecutes sinners. But He defends the saints.

e.  The paraclete was traditionally the longest standing and best friend who would be called to bear witness for the accused.

i.      The Holy Spirit is this paraclete for Jesus Christ

ii.      The Holy Spirit would empower the Apostles to be paracletes for Jesus Christ.

f.  The same Holy Spirit that filled Jesus Christ is the same Holy Spirit that fills each believer. The disciples would have known this Holy Spirit because they had seen Him working through Jesus and He had been with them from the beginning.

3.  The Holy Spirit would be a home-maker in the same manner as Jesus (v.18)

a.  We are very familiar with Jesus as a home-maker as revealed in John 14:1-4.

b.  The Holy Spirit comes so that we are not left as orphans.

c.  In verse 23, we see that it is the work of the Holy Spirit that the full Trinity makes their home within us.

d.  The passion of the Holy Spirit is to make the Christian a fitting home for the Father and the Son.

e.  The children adore the home-maker. The home-maker is the teacher. The home-maker is the counselor. The home-maker explains the Father.


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The Power of the Holy Spirit in Preaching

Expositor’s Conference 2013

The Power of the Holy Spirit in Preaching

Session 1: The Power of Jesus’ Preaching – His Anointing by the Holy Spirit (Steve Lawson)

 

This is Part 1. Part 2 will be in Session 8.

We must adopt the view that there are (or should be) two people standing in the pulpit when preaching – the preacher and the Holy Spirit. There is no power in the preaching of the word apart from the power of the Holy Spirit. The evidence of the power of preaching with the power of the Holy Spirit is seen by the outworking of the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the preacher and the hearer. For instance, consider the events of the various revivals – it is fueled by the fire of the preaching of the word of God but it works greatly in the lives of the hearers.

The power of the Holy Spirit in the preacher requires a complete transformation of the mind and heart of the preacher.

Text: Luke 4:14–21 (NASB95)

14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.

17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed,

19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

Preaching without the power of the Holy Spirit is not preaching at all. The sovereign power of God in the proclamation of His word is lacking in preaching today. Great preaching comes only with great power (see 1 Cor. 2:1-5). Jesus promised His disciples that they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit for the preaching of the gospel. Jesus Himself preached in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. The power of the Spirit (v.14)

a. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.

i.      There is at least a year between v.13 and v.14. The events of John 1-4 occur during this time.

                  ii.      The fame of Jesus had spread throughout Galilee.

b. Luke 3:21-22 records the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon Jesus, marking the beginning of His public preaching ministry.

 i.      Heaven was opened – this is an indication that God is going to reveal something to men.

ii.      The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus to anoint Him with power.

iii.     The Father speaks to confirm His pleasure of His Son. This is a direct revelation of the identity and mission of Jesus Christ.

iv.      Should we expect any less if we are called to preach?

c.  We see this idea of the power of the Holy Spirit empowering Jesus Christ continued in Luke 4:1.

i.      The Spirit leads (or compels) Jesus into the wilderness.

ii.      The power of the Holy Spirit would be crucial in Jesus facing the temptation of Satan (vv.2-12).

d.  As Jesus returns to Galilee in v.14, we see that His preaching, His ministry, His miracles healing, casting out demons are all empowered by the Spirit. This empowering of the Spirit would even be there when He went to the cross to make the sacrifice.

i.      And should we expect any less for our ministry?

ii.      There is not a person who does not need the power of the Holy Spirit when preaching the word.

2.  The priority of the Word (v.15)

a.  Wherever there is the power of the Holy Spirit there will be a priority given to the Word of God.

i.      The book of Acts shows how the person filled with the Holy Spirit cannot help but preach the very Word of God.

ii.      The most common title given to Jesus Christ in the book of Luke is “teacher.”

b.  Jesus came into Galilee and taught in their synagogues. Of course He did. The power of the Holy Spirit always results in the priority of preaching the Word of God.

 i.      Jesus was constantly and continually preaching and teaching the Word of God.

c.  Application – if we are to be constantly preaching and teaching, then we must be constantly learning from the Word of God. We must always be reading, listening to the truth. You cannot teach that which you do not know. The day we stop learning is the day we stop preaching. The well must be dug deeper every day.

3.  The pattern on the Sabbath (v.16-17)

a.  Our attention turns to Nazareth, where Jesus was raised. Scornfully, we are told that nothing good comes out of Nazareth. Jesus is the exception. Verses 23-29 shows the true character of Nazareth.

b.  Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. Notice that this was His custom.

c.  Then we see that Jesus has built some reputation as a teacher, because He stands up to read.

d.  Jesus is given the scroll of the prophet Isaiah to read.

i.      The reading of the Word of God was central to worship in the Jewish synagogue.

e.  Jesus unrolls the scroll to the exact right scripture to read for this particular moment in time.

i.      Jesus is the master of the Word of God not only because He is the author of the Word of God, but He is also empowered by the Holy Spirit in the use of the Word of God.

ii.      The book of Luke alone proves that Jesus believed the entirety of the Old Testament scriptures and used them as a master.

iii.      Application: We must likewise become a master of the Word of God, and this is possible only by the power of the Holy Spirit.

iv.      Application: If we want more power in our preaching, then we must have more scripture in our message. We must be leashed to the text. The points of the sermon must come from the text. Our illustrations must come from parallel scriptures. Our applications must come from the text.

v.      Application: God will not give the power of the Holy Spirit to the man who is attempting to build his own kingdom. Sacrifice of self is of paramount importance. Look at how Jesus sacrificed Himself.

vi.      Application: the Holy Spirit will only empower a holy vessel.


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Sermon Audio & Kindle

I enjoy reading sermons.  I find I can benefit from reading a sermon much more than I can from listening.  I also like to be able to make notes in the sermon or to stop and look up verses.  Of course, invariably I get engrossed in listening to a great sermon on my MP3 and a child interrupts and 10 minutes later I’m trying to rewind (You don’t rewind MP3’s do you?) back to the place where I lost track.  Reading I can easily pick up where I left off.  Many sermons on Sermon Audio have transcripts which you can download in PDF format, but then you either need to print them out or sit and stare at the computer.  But now I can send a transcript of a sermon right to my kindle for free.  🙂

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Expositor’s Conference – Session 4 – Preaching the Grace of God (Steve Lawson)

Session 4 – Preaching the Grace of God (Steve Lawson)

Steve Lawson is the preacher for the fourth session, with the subject of preaching the grace of God. His text is Ephesians 1:3-14.

Paul understood grace because he had lived through a revelation of God’s grace on the road to Damascus. Paul understood that all that he was was because of the grace of God.


1. Electing grace. Grace begins in eternity past, before the foundation of the world (verse 4). The word means to be drawn out and set apart for a purpose. To chose out from among the many. God chose by Himself and for Himself according to the tense of the verb. See 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. God’s choosing is not based on merit.  Notice the two modifiers of this choosing: in Christ and in love. The order of this electing grace can be constructed from four key words in Ephesians 1:11 – first there is the counsel of God. Out of this counsel comes the will of God. Out of the will of God comes purpose. And what God purposes, He predestines to guarantee the certainty of fulfillment. This grace causes us to preach with humility.


2. Redeeming grace. Verse 7 tells us of the redeeming grace of God. To redeem is to pay a price that a person cannot pay for themselves to purchase their freedom. The price paid was the blood of Jesus Christ. See Ephesians 5:25-27. This grace allows us to preach with compassion.


3. Regenerating grace. This is the grace which has made us alive. This is the grace of the new birth. See Ephesians 2:4-5. The dead person can do nothing. The sinner is spiritually dead, and therefore can do nothing spiritually, However, God, having made us alive spiritually, gives us the ability to do something spiritually. This grace allows us to preach with boldness.


4. Preserving grace. This is seen in verse 13.  We have been sealed up in the life of Christ. What has been done in eternity cannot be undone in time. What can separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing. Even our glorification is spoken of in the past tense. This grace allows us to preach with confidence.


This is the grace which we preach. This is the only grace. Any grace which is not these four things is not grace at all.






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Expositors Conference – Session 1 – Preaching the Glory of God (Steven Lawson)

Berean Husband is blogging almost live again this year from the 2010 Expositor’s Conference at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. This is the second year I have attended this conference. Last year the speakers were Steve Lawson (pastor of Christ Fellowship) and Joel Beeke, noted author on the Puritans. This year the speakers are Steve Lawson and R.C. Sproul. This is the only conference Dr. Sproul is doing outside of Florida this year. Session 1 begins in about five minutes. The attendance this year is excellent. There was no parking left in the parking lot and there are probably 350 to 400 here in the sanctuary.  The give-away bag is excellent this year. There are five full-length books, including Sproul’s new book on the Gospel of John. I almost ordered this book a few weeks ago…glad I waited.  The theme of this year’s conference is “The Glory of God in Preaching.” The conference guide says that the conference audio will be available shortly after the end of the conference at www. Christfellowship.cc. Sermonaudio is also live video webcasting the conference. Check for a link on the homepage. The conference begins with some congregational singing and a choir anthem.

Session 1 – Preaching the Glory of God (Steven Lawson)

The text for session 1 is from 1 Peter 4:10-11. These verses instruct us that those who God calls to preach have been gifted to preach the word of God. Therefore, every preacher must be a good steward of this gift of preaching. There will be accountability for this stewardship. The chief end of this stewardship is the glory of God.

1. The gift of preaching. Every believer is given a gift. The gift is to be employed in serving one another. The gift is solely from the grace of God and not based on natural ability. In verse 11 we see two categories of these gifts: speaking and serving. The gift of speaking involves both teaching and preaching. Preaching includes teaching and something more. The “more” is the public proclamation of the word of God. Preaching is accompanied by extraordinary power (c.f. the power of the preaching of Paul and Peter).  Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6 that this gift of preaching must be fanned into a flame. There is no room for timidity in preaching.

2. The gravity of preaching. Preaching is a sacred call. Verse 11 calls our preaching the speaking of the oracles of God. That is, God’s words spoken through the preacher. We cannot take any part of ourselves into the pulpit. The words must be all God’s words, none of ours. The preacher should have nothing to say apart from the word of God. The preacher must be under the authority of the word of God. More so, when the preacher is preaching the word of God, it is as if God himself is present in the midst of the congregation. The gravity of preaching also arises from the fact that the preacher is a steward. The word of God is entrusted to the preacher to use it wisely for the glory of the master. The steward acts on behalf of the master with the best interest of the master in heart. See 1 Corinthians 4:1-5. The steward will be accountable to be faithful with the gift of preaching. And this accountability is not to man, but to God. We are not even accountable to ourselves. Also see 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. The preacher must skillfully lay the foundation of Jesus Christ. So many preachers are busily and skillfully laying a foundation, but the foundation is not Jesus Christ. And so many preachers are busily and skillfully building on the foundation, but are using hay and stubble. All these works will be tested by fire. A handful of gold is worth far, far more than a truckload of hay. We will not know who are the really great preachers until we see what remains after the work has been tested by fire. And see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. We must give our all in order to win the prize at the end of the race. So many preachers are running aimlessly with no goal, and the punches that they throw don’t count, don’t make a difference. We must also make sure that we live in the same manner as we preach to others to live.

3. The goal of preaching. The goal of preaching is that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. We are to glorify God in our preaching and lead others to give glory to God through what they hear preaching. We need to take care that we receive no glory from what we preach. The gift of preaching that God has given to a person is to end that God himself may be glorified.



I would recommend that anyone who thinks that they have been called to preach should listen to this sermon, particularly the part about the gravity of preaching. How often do we build with hay and stubble when we have the chance to build with gold and silver?


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The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink

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Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ

Over the last couple of days I mentioned in some comments about how the Lord has allowed us to have the struggles we have in order to conform us to the image of Christ.

Romans 8:29-30 (ESV)
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Then Friday and Saturday I happened to listened to this series of sermons from Paul Washer.  They express the idea much better than I ever could.

 

Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ (Part 1)


 

Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ (Part 2)


 

Through Marriage, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ (Part 3)



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Bible Study Christmas Present

The Logos 4 Bible Study Program has just recently come out. I’ve read several good reviews about the program from various sources.  Also I’ve used the reftagger almost since the beginning of the website. Reftagger is the method that allows the Bible verses entered to become a hyperlink with a pop up box containing the verse. Such as this Genesis 1:1.  If you have a website you might want to use reftagger which is free.

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