THE PRACTICE OF THE CHURCH Message Three Handout
THE PRACTICE OF THE CHURCH
Practice #1: Preach the Word
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2, NASB95)
1. The pastor is to ___________ _______ _______________.
You need to read a text, find out what it says and means, draw out a divine truth, and plant that truth in the minds of people by repeating it.
2. When he is to _____________ _______ _______________.
“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;”
v Preach with ___________________________________
v Preach in spite of _______________________________
v Preach regardless of the __________________________
3. How to preach the Word
v ____________ - to show one his fault
v ____________ - admonish with urgency and authority
v ____________ - encouragement
v and he needs to do all of that with great patience and instruction.
4. The _________________________ for preaching the Word
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:”
(2 Timothy 4:1, NASB95)
The motivation - _________________ ___________________
v Not a judgment of condemnation it is a judgment of evaluation.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10, NASB95)
Paul also wrote in 1 Cor. 3
“Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
(1 Corinthians 3:12-15, NASB95)
Knowledge brings __________________ and __________________!
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22, NASB95)
“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
(James 1:25, NASB95)
MacArthur, J. (1998, c1991). The Master's plan for the church (electronic ed.). Chicago: Moody Press.