Preaching Christ

Text: Acts 5:42

Most religious people recognize that the goal of preaching is to preach Christ. Yet there are distinct differences in their messages. Why? It is because of a misunderstanding about what it means to preach Christ. There is a popular way and a Scriptural way. We must opt for the Scriptural way.

The Popular Way to Preach Christ

  • Preach the man – not that Christ was just a man, but that He was God in the flesh (Colossians 2:9); He lived a life of sinless perfection (1 Peter 2:22); His death, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
  • Preach the message – He is God’s chief spokesman today (Hebrews 1:2); a message of grace & truth (John 1:17)
  • Preach the mission – to seek & save the lost (Luke 19:10); He gives us hope (1 Peter 1:3)
  • These things are important; they provide a foundation – but there is more to preaching Christ than these things
  • There are some unpopular things that must be taught – unpopular to both denominationalists & some of our liberal brethren; we must teach them anyway

How Philip Preached Christ

  • After persecution arose in Jerusalem, Philip went to Samaria & preached Christ (Acts 8:5) – but his preaching included more than just the man, the message, and the mission (Acts 8:12)
  • He preached the kingdom of God – kingdom synonymous with the church (Matthew 16:18-19); the kingdom is in existence today (Mark 9:1; Colossians 1:13)
  • He preached the name of Christ – this means the authority of Christ (Matthew 7:21-23; Colossians 3:17); He has been given all authority (Matthew 28:18), therefore we must obey Him (Matthew 28:20; Luke 6:46)
  • He preached baptism – this is essential to preaching Christ (Acts 8:35-36); Jesus told His apostles to preach baptism throughout the world (Mark 16:15-16); baptism is an essential part of God’s plan of salvation (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21)

How Paul Preached Christ

  • Some say we must preach Christ and avoid anything controversial/divisive
  • Paul determined to preach nothing but Christ & Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2) – yet Paul’s preaching Christ did not prohibit him from addressing controversial/divisive issues
  • He preached an intolerance of sin (1 Corinthians 5:1-2)
  • He preached about church discipline (1 Corinthians 5:4-5, 11, 13)
  • He preached the need for factions (1 Corinthians 11:19)
  • He preached about order in the assembly (1 Corinthians 14:40)
  • He preached about the role of women (1 Corinthians 14:34)
  • He preached about the future resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12) – this was a controversial topic in Corinth
  • We preach Christ, but we must not avoid these other issues (Acts 20:27)

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