“I’ve never been around a church that talks this much about Jesus. I find it very refreshing.”
When people who are new to Forum say things like that to me, it makes me very proud because I truly believe that’s God’s design for the church and for preaching. Here’s some of what the scriptures remind us connected to preaching:
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned (Mark 16:15,16)
But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in. (Luke 16:16)
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes (Romans 1:16)
For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. (1 Corinthians 1:17)
But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, (1 Corinthians 1: 23)
We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us. (2 Corinthians 2:17)
We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense (2 Corinthians 6:7)
Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. (2 Timothy 2:8)
Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)
Simply as an affirmation: We preach Jesus Christ. We teach the way of Jesus Christ. He is Lord of our church.
We don’t preach pet peeves. We don’t preach “hot button” issues. We don’t preach a social gospel. We are not a country club church more concerned about how the greens are manicured than we are about lost people. Our constant prayer is that our pulpit be strong and Christ centered.
We are a Christ centered, Bible believing, imperfect group of forgiven sinners who gather around God’s communion table to remember the fully saving power of Jesus Christ in our lives.
We come together to worship and adore our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We come together to give glory unto God. We come together as the Holy Spirit moves us. We center on Christ our Lord.
Looking forward to a great encounter again this Sunday as we focus on the reality that “We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.”