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Preaching and Prophecy – Luther’s Sermon Blog (part 2)

21 Sep


Here’s another question I didn’t get to in our great question time on Sunday Night …

How is prophecy different from encouragement or preaching? I’m confused.

Don’t worry that’s a great question because in many ways there is overlap between the three.  It can be somewhat confusing!  Preaching may include both encouragement and prophecy.  Though not all encouragement and prophecy is preaching.

Let me explain.

Firstly, we need to remember that New Testament Prophecy is different to Old Testament Prophecy.

Many have argued that the apostles and other New Testament writers truly inherit the mantle of the Old Testament canonical prophets, since they claim absolute divine authority for their words and call upon believers to acknowledge that authority.By contrast, the prophetic ministry given to certain members of the Corinthian church and our churches today requires assessment and evaluation, Continue reading


– Encouraging good preaching –

18 Sep

“Bored and disinterested congregations reap boring and disinteresting sermons. Interested and excited congregations encourage interesting and engaging preaching.”

We are blessed at St George North that week in and week out we are faithfully served by our preachers. We rest secure in the knowledge that each week the Scriptures are faithfully opened and explained and that we will be called to faith and repentance in response to the Bible. However, we must never take this for granted. Instead we should work hard to encourage our preachers to do the best they can possibly do. There are many things we can all do to encourage our preachers, here are just a few:

1. Pray for the preachers. Each week we record who is preaching in the Weekly SNAC so that you can pray for them during the week. Pray that they would work hard at understanding the Bible and preach it faithfully, passionately and in a way that engages us.

2. Occasionally, tell the preachers that you are praying for them and that you look forward to learning from God’s word each week.

3. Be there! Continue reading