I would say do two things. Preach exposition that exalts Jesus Christ. Nobody will argue with that. So preach a gospel. Preach Hebrews. Preach Colossians. Preach particularly the gospels because the text is narrative largely, it has drama, it has pathos, it has interest. Rather than going in there and say, doing a series on the church or a series, you know, trying to change the church, preach Christ. Exalt Christ.
And secondly, preach material that is going to have a dramatic effect on their own spiritual lives. And if they see the power of the Word of God to change their lives, they'll be open to the power of God to change their church.
Exalting Christ is critical. It should be being done all the time anyway. And then I think emphasizing the things that change peoples lives before you go in and try to restructure the church, and I did that by getting into Ephesians. And Ephesians [shows us how] we were once dead in trespasses and sins and how the Lord had changed our lives, and now we need to walk worthy. And we got into all of that, and we saw the Lord begin to change some lives, and then they were eager to have Him change the church. And it was after that that I went into the book of Acts and showed how the church ministered. And then I went into 1 Corinthians to show them what the church needed to be, and we got more refined in that area.
So I would say, exalt Jesus Christ. Lift up Christ, and lift up God.
Monday, January 23, 2006
John MacArthur says no. In a Q&A from the series, "Insights into a Pastor's Heart: Convictions and Observations About Preachers and Preaching," he answers a question about how to cultivate a congregation's appetite for expositional preaching:
Posted by Ben at 1/23/2006