Something Jeff Hogan said years ago has stuck with me. The sermon that day was on some specific sin. Jeff commented that if we don’t preach on things like that, the members will think it’s OK to do them. He was right!
From time to time we need to be reminded of what we already know (Philippians 3:1; 2 Peter 1:12). Perhaps since the last time we heard a sermon on the sin of greed, for example, we have become enmeshed in material pursuits (Matthew 13:22; 1 John 2:15-17). A pointed sermon can serve as a needed wake-up call.
Or perhaps we might not have even realized that a certain activity is sinful. If so, what we need is not a reminder—since we never knew it was wrong in the first place. Instead we need to be informed.
Even more, we need to be deeply convicted so we can repent and do better. For example, if we have never been taught it is wrong to use pornography or have sex before marriage or have an abortion or use illicit drugs or cheat on tests or use profanity, etc., then a timely lesson on the subject can educate us in a hurry! That is, if we want the truth.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Just two verses later Paul says, “. . . preach the word…reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction . . .” (2 Timothy 4:2).
Jeff’s comment was right on target. If we are to learn how God’s wants us to live, and if we are to receive the periodic reminders we need, then true-to-the-Bible preaching must always be a vital part of our lives.
That’s how God designed it.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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