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CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T20 - Listening to God - Guidelines and Questions

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Transcript of CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T20 - Listening to God - Guidelines and Questions

7 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Preach
Listening to God - Guidelines and Questions
- it impairs our perspective in the study
Too many of us unconsciously believe that a well-studied understanding of our cultural context, rather than the Bible, is the key to preaching with power.
Image Credits and Sources
David Helm,
Expositional Preaching
, Kindle Location 178-179ff.
- it changes our use of the pulpit
- it shifts our understanding of authority
The immediate impression counts more than a detailed study of the text.
- Whatever moves their spirit in private
readings of the Bible must be what
God’s Spirit wants preached in public.
Preachers are increasingly appealing to their subjective reading of the text as inspired
- It favors a view of biblical texts as
“the Living Word” rather than as written
words to be studied.
- Waiting for the Spirit’s illumination will
help to discover the meaning.
Completely subjective approach -> we become the final authority on meaning
Ibid., Kindle Location 343-344ff.
Luke 2:27;
Luke 2:37;
Luke 3:21-22;
Luke 9:18-20;
Luke 9:28-36;
Which point do all of the following passages prove?
God reveals Jesus to people as a consequence of prayer
Ibid., Kindle Location 972-974ff.
The Application of Your Message
Aim for a change of heart
What intention does the biblical author have for his readers?
Is this application the primary application of this text or merely a possible one?
Does my application contradict other biblical texts?
How are the characters in this text responding to God’s truth or God’s Anointed?
Is the application I am making grounded in the gospel?
Does this application undermine my text?
"Accessible knowledge can be searched, analyzed, and mashed up, but it cannot transform the heart, mind, and soul. The accessible Bible is merely information. That information can only become knowledge and wisdom when it has been memorized, internalized, meditated upon, and lived."
How can the Bible become knowledge and wisdom in our lives?
John Dyer, "Why You and I Could Not Write the Book of Revelation;" http://donteatthefruit.com/2011/09/why-you-and-i-could-not-write-the-book-of-revelation/.
- use the
Morning Prayer
(Tim Keller)
- Am I worried about what people think of my message or what
God thinks?
Francis Chan; http://www.ministrybestpractices.com/2014/06/7-crucial-questions-to-ask-yourself.html.
- Do I genuinely love these people?
- Am I accurately presenting this passage?
- Am I depending on the Holy Spirit’s power or my own cleverness?
- Have I applied this message to my own life?
- Will this message draw attention to me or to God?
- Do the people really need this message?
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