Why Expositional Preaching is Particularly Glorifying to God
Thank you Marcus for giving us expository exultation at Reading University Christian Union last night."Preaching is not talk, teaching, discussion, but the heralding of a message permeated by a sense of God's holiness and majesty. It can be any topic, but that topic must be taken into the blazing center of the holiness of God in the Word of God."
"Where will the weight of God's glory be felt if not in the preaching of the Word? If not from the man in the pulpit, where? God planned for His Son to be crucified and for hell to be terrible so we would have the clearest witnesses possible to what is at stake when the pastor preaches. What makes preaching seriousness is that the mantle of preaching is soaked in the blood of Jesus and singed in the fire of hell."
"The mission of the church, therefore, is to declare His glory to the nations. Nothing affects preaching more deeply than to be struck almost speechless (almost!) by the passion of God for the glory of God"
" The job of the pastor is to make the glory of God seen so that people are changed."
"The gospel is a message about the glorious God Himself as our final, eternal, all-satisfying treasure"
"The face and tone and life and demeanor, if dull or downcast, betrays the value of the gospel. If you do not value the gospel, you perish, no matter how many right thoughts you think."