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God’s Chosen Way Of Communicating The Truth In Love

March 31, 2017

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. Suzy Crees permalink

    Wow! These are my thoughts exactly and you express them so well.

    • Suzy, you are more than kind and generous with your words of affirmation and confirmation. Thank you dear sister.

  2. The emphasis in the NT letters of Paul is of “one-anothering.” The body of Christ “is built up by the effectual functioning of each member” (Eph. 4:16). There is a promise inferred in I Cor. 14:25-26 of an outsider being convicted by “ALL” if “All” are speaking/truthing to each other in Christ. “Therefore, if the whole congregation comes together and ALL…prophesy (testify of Jesus Rev. 19:10) and an outsider enters, he is convicted by ALL, he is called to account by ALL, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you. So (in light of this), what is the right course (for your meetings)? When you come together, (let) EACH ONE have a hymn, EACH ONE a lesson, EACH ONE a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up…Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent, For you can ALL prophesy one by one, so that ALL may learn and ALL be encouraged…”

    Kirk, I wrote this little song many years ago based on I Cor. 14.

    I Corinthians 14:23-31 Song
    Sung to the tune of “On Christ the Solid Rock.

    HIS assembly, what’s the right course
    When you’ve gathered to HIM your source?
    May each of you HIS life to bring
    Perhaps a song that all may sing.

    Chorus:
    It’s only of Christ’s worth we speak
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!

    In this meeting where Christ is Head
    And from HIS mouth each saint is fed
    From each brother who speaks HIS worth
    HIS peerless life! HIS matchless birth!

    Chorus:
    It’s only of Christ’s worth we speak
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!

    A thought or prophecy divine
    That all may from HIS table dine
    A word of thanks, perhaps a prayer
    A glad voice raised to HIM who’s near.

    Chorus:
    It’s only of Christ’s worth we speak
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!

    A rev’lation from one is found
    A teaching by another sounds
    Each brings a portion of HIM sweet
    Dining on HIS word through the week.

    Chorus:
    It’s only of Christ’s worth we speak
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!

    His glorious body are we!
    Each a portion of HIM we see
    When all the parts speak from the One
    His FULL IMAGE to us belongs.

    Chorus:
    It’s only of Christ’s worth we speak
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!

    The outsider comes in and hears
    All speaking Christ through joy and tears
    And hearing Christ “in you” he falls
    When he sees Christ as “all in all.”

    Chorus:
    It’s only of Christ’s worth we speak
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!
    Christ in you, HIS glory we seek!

    • Clark, thank you for those confirming words. I wish I knew the song and tune, but I was born, raised, and reborn totally outside of traditional religion.

  3. Knowing the tune not necessary. I can’t sing a lick, but we are told to “allow the Word of Christ to dwell in us richly as we SPEAK to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”

    • I completely agree Clark, again it is never about one’s ability, it’s about availability to the Spirit’s leading.

  4. "BK" permalink

    Clark, that song is WONDERFUL! As is the blog and responses. Love, “BK”

  5. Mercy fulgencio permalink

    The modern church is defined as the
    ‘constantian church‘.

  6. Mercy fulgencio permalink

    The modern church is defined as the
    ‘constantinian church‘.

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