The Delivering Message of Jesus Christ
When did preaching from the pulpit become trendy, self-help focused, entertaining, or merely church-growth motivated? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching.” No wonder Amos warned that God is sending a famine, but not of bread, but of hearing the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11).
The sermon Paul preached at Pisidium Antioch was full of Old Testament Scripture with its drive towards the apex of the crucifixion and resurrection of the Savior. Indeed, Paul could have spent time preaching against the rich neglecting the poor, or the suffering under Rome, the martyrdom of James, or on the call to send relief to the famine-stricken Jews in Jerusalem. Instead, Paul gets to the heart of the real issue facing Jews and Gentiles, which is to know and trust in Jesus Christ. He persuasively proved the link between the One who came as the Messiah, the Redeemer, with Israel’s redemptive history, including the Davidic Covenant.
The challenge for us is to engage in proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ, grasping Paul’s intention within the sermon preached, and applying it to our own lives.
- Introduces God’s promise – Acts 13:16-26
- Identifies God’s provision – Acts 13:27-37
- Invites through God’s presentation – Acts 13:38-41
The believer understands:
- The core of the Gospel is Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin
- The certainty of the Gospel is Jesus’ resurrection
- The completion of the Gospel is Jesus’ removal of guilt