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The Battle we Fight
“Indeed, to preach the word of God is nothing less than to bring upon oneself all the furies of hell and of Satan, and therefore also of . . . every power of the world. It is the most dangerous kind of life to throw oneself in the way of Satan’s many teeth”
“From the creation of the cosmos, kingdom warfare has been a conflict over the Word of God (which we have preserved for us in Scripture) and the Word of God (Jesus Christ), who is the final word (Heb 1:1-2). The entire biblical storyline follows this ongoing cosmic war.”
David E. Prince
The Power we Have
“True preaching, after all, is God acting. It is not just a man uttering words; it is God using him.”
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“The point is that Christ is present in the preachers; to hear them is to hear him, and the people ought to believe when they hear him.”
God Initiates History through His Spoken Word
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God reveals Himself in Word and It is Written
Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Deuteronomy 8:3/Matthew 4:4
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
2 Timothy 3:16-4:2
God Moves History through His Proclaimed Word
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
1 Corinthians 10:11
Jesus is the Living and Final Word and the Ultimate Preacher
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”
John 1:1, 14
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
He said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”
All of God’s Words Center on Jesus—the Living Word
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
In Faithful Preaching, the Transcendent Lord is Immanent
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Faithful Preaching is not Simply Talking about Christ—it is Christ Speaking
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
In Preaching, You Speak as a Wartime Ambassador with the Authority of the Kingdom of Christ—Not Your Own
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20
In the Consummated Kingdom of Christ the Living and Written Word are Vindicated
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
The Face-to-Face Presence of the Christ-Centered Preacher is a Reminder Eschatological Consummation
They will see his face