This was the first sermon in our doctrine of Scripture series: “BEST BOOK EVER.” Since we just finished up our “Man On The Island” series that journeyed us through the “Doctrine of General Revelation”, “Best Book Ever” is our trip through the “Doctrine of Special Revelation and Scripture.” And that my friend, is an overdose of quotation marks! Through this series, my prayer is that CBSM will be convinced, passionate, convicted, and strengthened in the Christ-centeredness, Authority, Inspiration, Inerrancy, Infallibility, and Sufficiency of Scripture. And not that they would just understand these things theologically, but that they would also live them daily!
When it comes to teaching teens how to preach and teach the Word, they have to first understand the whole goal of the Word. So many people feel like they can’t possibly remember every sermon they hear from week to week at church. Others think that sermons are just different topics of self-help every week from their pastor as a counselor. So, we must first of all focus students onto the focus of the Word: the glory of Christ.
Before we get into all that, it is helpful to walk students through the many different purposes of preaching that exist today. You’ll be surprised to go through these: Best Life: live your life for God and He will make your life better, healthier, wealthier. Morality: the Bible is written to give us tips and outlines for how to live as better people. Fire and Brimstone: many preachers preach the fear of hell, Satan, and sin every Sunday. Fame: popularity and money drive many to preach merely in a way others love to hear. Liberals: the Bible isn’t fully true, but it is just a book of literature to teach us about faith. Educator: focusing on the lexical definition of every Word from the original language. Watered down: everything just comes down to God’s love for all humanity. False Gospel: The Bible isn’t ultimately about Jesus Christ, but its about anything else. Continue reading →
When it comes to teaching teens how to preach and teach the Word, they have to first understand the whole goal of the Word. So many people feel like they can’t possibly remember every sermon they hear from week to week at church. Others think that sermons are just different topics of self-help every week from their pastor as a counselor. So, we must first of all focus students onto the focus of the Word: the glory of Christ. Continue reading →
It raised the phrase “a walk to remember” to a new level.When I was a youth leader in Tuscaloosa, the youth pastor and I took a group of graduated senior guys to the beach.The youth pastor warned them of my love to walk the beach for miles and hours, but they still joined me.We began our journey at 10am with the sun to our backs, and at high noon we headed back as the sun had crossed over the sky and was at our backs again.One not-so-lucky walker started feeling really hot later that night and found that he was severely sunburned. After being confined to a couch with a near-by fan, food, and a videogame controller for the rest of the week at the beach house, one of the guys found a strong pain reliever in his bag on the last night of the trip.It sure made my friend feel better, but he was ticked it wasn’t found until the last day.