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What happens when Preaching happens

Steve Jeffery points to an excellent lecture: Preaching as Mystical Event by Robert Rayburn. Rayburn argues that preaching is an event in which we meet God - something mysterious, a revelation of God himself to us.

Rayburn cites:
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?"
(Romans 10:14 ESV)
And notes, as with the ESV footnote, that the "of" isn't there.
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?"
(Romans 10:14 ESV)
Which is to say, in preaching we don't just hear of God, but we hear God. Paul says if you want to hear God then you need a preacher. Preaching is the word of God. You want to hear God? Certainly read the Bible, listen to others, pursue prophecy but we're playing games if we do all of that and don't take a really high view of preaching.

Terry Virgo says: “In my praying before I preach, I am asking God “lord please let people feel that their Father in heaven is speaking to them”

I find Peter Mead and Ron Frost arguing for the same in their ministry. Peter Mead has uploaded some recent sermons at Poured Out. Peter blogs at Biblical Preaching and heads up Cor Deo a unique training and mentoring programme based in Chippenham, UK. Peter and his side-kick Ron Frost are a pair of 21st Century puritan-minded win-the-heart guys whose ministry is worth receiving from.


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