Teaching and Preaching like Jesus

Matthew 7:28-29 When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

The teaching that Jesus did was compelling, the listeners were anxious to do and live what Jesus taught. That authority is supernatural, it is the Holy Spirit empowering us and working in the hearts and minds of the hearers. The question is, “what will it take on my part for God to give me that same authority that Jesus had.

God blesses those who are faithful, responsible, and diligent in their preparation. Whatever we are teaching on or about, we need to study the passage well or the topic we are dealing with. Studying is so much easier today than when I started as a preacher and pastor. Back in the ’70s and 80’s all my studying was done in books and encyclopedias. I often drove into Corban to use their library because I didn’t own enough books to study some passages or topics well.

Now with the internet I can sit in my recliner and look up information on every topic under the sun and include it in my sermon.

But even with the internet diligence is the character trait that God honors, blesses and works through. Being diligent to study hard, to read the text repeatedly , read commentaries, listen to other sermons on the topic or passage, and to write, write, write.

Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

1 Timothy 4:16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

I listen to 4 to 6 sermons everyday while I am driving, working by myself, and riding my bike. I listen to sermons by those preachers and teachers I most want to be like. I listen for what makes them good preachers and I try to learn from them.

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