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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Ah...

A quick look at the posts before this will reveal that I was not pleased after a certain message. I sat there in frustration wondering why a pastor wouldn't preach from the Word. Not only was all power sucked out from his message, but he also failed to connect with his audience (the only reason I could see why he would preach something other than Scripture).

Then Voddie Baucham restored the pulpit to a place for Biblical preaching.Voddie's text for the morning was Ephesians 6:1-4. In order to do an adequate job, Voddie had to start at Ephesians 5:15. (You can read my understanding of his textual outline here.) Voddie preached a hard hitting message that we are failing with out teens because we are "sealing them in unbelief." By this phrase, he means that we are giving assurance of salvation to students who are not really believers but merely have repeated some magical words. He addresses Christian statistics we have regularly heard:
    90% of all converts come to know Christ before age 18.
    Of those, 90% come to know Christ before age 14.
    88% of students who graduate from youth ministry walk away from their faith in college
.Baucham points out that the statistics, in light of the teaching in 1 John 2:18-20, suggest that many children we are counting as converts aren't really.

From there, he walked through Ephesians 5 and 6 to establish what a Spirit filled person should look like. For a young person, according to Ephesians 6:1-3, obedience to parents is a primary gauge. Baucham laid out that parents are the foremost discipleship tool in a student's life.

Voddie used no powerpoint. There were no visuals. He didn't quote celebrities. He spoke about parenting to a room half-filled with college students (because they stayed after the mandatory chapel). To use a word ruined by a modern mountain marriage, he had the listener "captivated."

Where did the power in the message lie? It wasn't in his catchy form; he didn't try any of the tricks. It wasn't in his pursuit to speak on a relevant catchy topic; parents probably only made up half the room. It wasn't that he spoke in such a way as to avoid debate; there were things in his message I disagreed with.

As he closed the message in prayer, I was closing my Bible...you see, he actually made me open it in the first place!

Thank you Voddie, it tasted so good.

4 Comments:

  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger ~d said…

    i read all your recent posts, and while you lost me once in awhile - and came dangerously close to raising my ire when you started to mess with one of my favorite movies - i think i understand what you are saying. i have been disappointed in the past with preachers who talk for 45 minutes to an hour without ever asking us to open up the Word or ever using Scripture to support their statements. i leave not only disappointed but empty.

    one thing i love and can count on each week at Grace is that no matter who is preaching, i know we are jumping straight into the Word and staying there. in fact, as soon as one of you walks up to the front, the first thing i do is pick up my Bible and pull out my pencil.

    i guess i almost take it for granted. but then, i should, shouldn't i?

     
  • At 10:06 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    trust me d. the version of les miserables i was talking about is not one you would have enjoyed.

     
  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger Matt Strader said…

    danny,

    I thoroughly enjoyed this and previous posts (along with the dialogue in the comments). I think you made it very clear that you were not attacking Dr. Jerimiah but merely pointing out a growing problem in the church today. Thanks for your emphasis on the Word!

     
  • At 12:59 AM, Blogger danny2 said…

    thanks brother.

    i'm thrilled you're on our team!

     

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