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God’s Chosen Way Of Communicating The Truth In Love

October 25, 2015

Greetings,

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord…….”  Isaiah 1: 18

Did you know that the word “sermon” is NEVER used in the whole entire bible?  Well, at least not in the actual text.  When men later added descriptions and titles to certain passages somehow the word “sermon” was used about the times Jesus shared on the mount.  However, it was NOT a sermon being presented to the crowd.  It was actually a long conversation or dialogue.

Jesus did not give sermons and neither did Paul.  Usually folks will point to Paul’s talking on and on in Acts 20 and use that to justify sermons in the “church” today.  However, where translations call Paul’s sharing there “preaching”; in the Greek text it actually says it was interactive dialogue and an ongoing conversation.  This is a HUGE error in translation and in fact it has crippled the “church” in many numerous ways over the years.

There is a HUGE difference between speaking WITH someone and speaking TO or AT them. The Lord tells us to “come and reason” WITH Him.  HE did NOT say COME LET ME REASON AT YOU!  The Hebrew word used for “reason” in this text can mean to argue, decide, convince or discuss.  God Himself wants to dialogue and discuss with us.  If this is indeed God’s chosen route of communication…  Then why does the “church” use sermons and monologues as its chosen way and total focus in communicating the truth and love of God?

It is insane!  It is a proven fact that we best learn through interactive dialogue with GOD and one another.  One more point I want to make is that even if Jesus did actually give a sermon on the mount, instead of a dialogue/conversation.. it only takes about 3 minutes to fully read through that entire passage.  So why do most “sermons” on the average take over 40 minutes?  Jesus could be conversational and brief, so why can’t we?  I think it is a damn shame that the centerpiece and focal point of any “church” meeting/service is an un-biblical monologue….. where one “man” speaks and the rest of the Body become spectators and passive listeners.  According to 1 Corinthians 14:26 when the church gathers “everyone” is an active participant and gets to contribute to a totally open and free, Spirit led, fully interactive conversation to the glory of God.

The big question is…do we want to follow God’s chosen ways or man’s?  The sermon/monologue is “man’s” way and not God’s. So who are we going to serve?  To me it is a simple choice, but with HUGE ramifications.  The sermon is a tradition of men, a tradition that nullifies the Word of God and keeps the Body of Christ captive in the pews.  I have said much more than a mouthful today.  Please feel free to share your portion with us also.

Love and….

Kirk Out !

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12 Comments
  1. Tom Ball permalink

    Has not the Holy Spirit often used the Sunday morning message to convict of sin and draw people to Christ?

    • "BK" permalink

      God is a very merciful God. I Samuel 12:19-20 demonstrates this very well..(19) “And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
      20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

      God doesn’t desert His people because of their wicked desire to have a king besides Him. But that doesn’t make it His best choice for His people. “BK”

    • Tris permalink

      No more than a converstion on a Tuesday morning. Churchianity is not needed.

  2. Yes Tom Ball the Spirit of Christ is there to draw and convict wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, however it is also true that some ways of relating and communicating are more excellent than others. Nowhere recorded in the New Testament is monologue used or encouraged, but there are numerous NT passages that describe the use of Spirit led dialogomai, dialogue in the Greek, in the Body of Christ. God will certainly speak to us in any way HE can to reach us including Balaam’s ass. I say why settle for ala carte monologue/sermon. when Christ wants us to have a virtual buffet of many voices speaking the truth in love in turn when Christ’s Body gathers for fellowship and exhortation?

  3. 2trakmind permalink

    Totally agree. I watched a Ted Talk video, last week, featuring the guy behind movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. He was talking about a scene in WALL-E that had no dialogue, yet communicated volumes. He talked about why movies like WELL-E, which have very little dialog, are so loved by audiences and said the following.

    “The audience actually wants to work for their meal…” “We’re born problem solvers. We’re compelled to deduce and to deduct, because that’s what we do in real life. It’s this well-organized absence of information that draws us in.”

    The reason I tell you about this is that it gave me some insights into why I became so dissatisfied with the institution, and I suspect why millions are leaving, each year. Instead of “working for our meal,” attendees are fed like baby birds, everything they are supposed to believe, then are told that this is how one “grows in their relationship with Christ.” Despite decades of having our bellies stuffed full of information, people are waking up to the sham that it is. This isn’t how relationships work, and everyone knows it. People are realizing that they don’t have a relationship withChrist, but do believe they can. We have a built in sense that no relationship grows through the ingestion of information, but by engaging in a process of mutual curiosity, where we seek to KNOW one another, rather than simply know information about one another. When it comes to what we believe and this relationship with God that we desire, we have a sense that it works much the same way. We want to wrestle and question and deduce for ourselves, what we believe, and in that process, we come to a deeper knowledge of God and develop a real sense of having a relationship, because that’s how relationships work.

    What I am not advocating though, as many accuse those of leaving the institution of doing, is completely isolating oneself from others, in the process. While I think a time of isolation can be healthy, if led there by God, I think an important part of this process is wrestling together with others. Not for the purpose of ensuring everyone believes the same thing, which is what the institution works to ensure, but to build one another up, to encourage one another, to help refine our thinking and learn to hear the Spirit together, and allow Him to lead us, the way Jesus said we would be led.

  4. Reformed by the Spirit permalink

    Why is it so hard for people to let go of the thing they tend to forget the most about in “church”. Isn’t that strange? Think about it; how much of a sermon to you really remember throughout the following week? Now, compare that to what you remember from the dialogue in your Sunday School class. (I hate calling it Sunday School). Now compare that to the times you share in fellowship with your daily friends and what that means to you in your life.

    One of the things about attending a smaller college (SAC – when it was a small college) was not quality lectures but the dialogue that would happen in small classes. I think I learned the most (even about life in general) from one on one conversations with my professors.

    • Right on Reformed by the Spirit! Conversations are indeed relational in nature, but lectures and sermons are just informational and lack heart IMHO.

  5. "BK" permalink

    A hearty amen here, Chris! This reminds me of when Megumi (raised Buddhist) was in her first Christian gathering she said, “In Japan when one becomes a Christian they go to the building and the man tells them what the God is saying and then they go home and the next week on the same day the man tells them what the God is is saying…but it is not like that here…..”. She met Jesus the next day and has walked with Him faithfully ever since!

    Another one of Jesus’ sermons I love is found in Luke (I believe). He stands up in the temple, reads two verses, says “this day this scripture is fulfilled” and sat down. Wow….what an example!

    You are correct the word sermon is NEVER used in the scriptures….not once. And I will add the word ‘pulpit’ is used only once and 13 men stood on it all at once and corporately spoke! (Nehemiah or Ezra).

    Good stuff, love, “BK”

  6. Ramma permalink

    We are to ‘live’ Christ. Thus, the WORD is preached, taught, sermonized by the life we live. Spoken verbage really shouldn’t have to be used. Our actions of love towards humanity speaks volumes that can never be written down. Those actions occur every day, every where our lives take us. At times it is just a smile, a touch, a hug, it isn’t the great eloquent words of man’s wisdom. All man’s wisdom has done is brought confusion, strife, and division. Very successfully. A great tool being used to tear up the Body of Christ. And, it’s all done in the “name of the Lord” bless God!!!

  7. I always give the example of a family. Knowing that we are the FAMILY of God…in relationship and love….or at least that’s what it is supposed to be…imagine your earthly family in your home. Everyone comes home from work or school and sits down with the chairs lined up so you are all facing the back of one anothers head. SILENT. Its time for dinner. While you eat ONLY one man at the head of the table is allowed to speak. All others must be muted and actually NOT allowed to speak during his conversation or u could be asked to leave or be rebuked. . No one can share their day, no one may share their struggles so others can hear , no one may speak to comfort those who need comforting. Everyone leaves the table with their needs unmet. The plate is sent around to pay the head of the table for speaking to us. The next day the cycle continues. If we look at it this way maybe we can see the absurdity in it?? We are family and God wants us in intimate relationship, loving and caring and listening and interacting with one another. Its like a kid living in a house with a family that cares nothing for him personally, and doesn’t take the time to know him or encourage his giftings to bring his purpose in Christ to maturity. In fact, if you had a child in this position in his family it would be considered today as neglect or abuse. The body of Christ is most precious to Jesus. He wants her FREE> Just some thoughts. 🙂

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