#5820 – Biblical Preaching

Good morning people who preach the gospel of the kingdom so that sinners can repent.

Mark 1:38 NIV Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.

Luke 19:10 NIV “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

So, which one is it Jesus: did you come to preach or to seek and to save the lost?

The answer is both, and they are inseparable.

“Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words” sounds great but it’s not biblical. People need to hear the gospel as well as see it in action.

Here’s the connection for Jesus. He came to seek and to save the lost – this was His mission. The way that He did this was to preach the gospel of the kingdom of heaven – this was His method. He also demonstrated His preaching with power – this was the evidence that He was who He said He was. All of this is essential.

I want to remind us of what Jesus preached, and that is, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17).

There is not gospel that is devoid of repentance – none. There is also no preaching that should be devoid of repentance.

I hear some of you argue with this last point, and that is because we have reduced repentance down to saying we are sorry for doing wrong. Biblical repentance is a change of thinking, and all preaching should renew our mind by the washing of water through the Word.

Preaching is not for information, it is for transformation, and transformation cannot happen outside of revelation, and revelation is the essence of repentance (a change from natural thinking to kingdom thinking). Now that was a mouthful, but it’s worth reading again and meditating on.

May our lips and our lives preach in such a way that sinners repent and are saved.