As we begin to study any passage in God’s Word and prepare to present it, we should ask, “Where do I see the person and/or the work of Christ in this section of Scripture?” After Jesus rose from the dead, He showed up on the Emmaus Road and gave us the greatest hermeneutical lesson we […]

A Question for Preachers and Teachers

As we begin to study any passage in God’s Word and prepare to present it, we should ask, “Where do I see the person and/or the work of Christ in this section of Scripture?”

After Jesus rose from the dead, He showed up on the Emmaus Road and gave us the greatest hermeneutical lesson we could have:  “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27)  The verse DOES NOT say that He showed them all the things concerning Him in the Scriptures BUT “in ALL THE SCRIPTURES the things concerning Himself”.

If the former were true, it would merely send us looking for the key passages about Jesus which our human minds could somewhat accomplish. However, since the later is what Jesus said, it requires us to let the Holy Spirit do one of His key works.  Jesus said “He will testify of me.  . .  He will glorify me”.  (John 15:26 – 16:15)

So, in every passage we should ask: where can we see the person of Christ, the attributes of Christ, the nature of God demonstrated and pointing us to Christ? Where do we see the redemptive and justifying work of Christ pictured? Where do we see God’s holiness in judgment on sin? Where do we see His mercy? Where do we see His eternal love? Where do we see the wages of sin paid out? Where do we see His grace given out? Where do we see His resurrection power?  In ALL THE SCRIPTURES we may see Him. Of course then, the applications to the lives of our listeners will be rich and abundant. The attendant doctrines will be clear, connected, and life altering.

For the glory of God, the good of our hearers, and our own joy, let’s look for where we see Jesus presented, explained, referenced, paralleled, foreshadowed, prophesied, typified, and exemplified. He is everywhere in the Scriptures. This He clearly taught!

As we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead, we will make much of Jesus; how can we not? Then He will draw people to Himself as well as sanctify those that come.

The late Adrian Rogers often said, “If you read the Bible and don’t see Jesus, reread it because you misread it!”

My prayer for our churches is that in small groups and in large meetings, “We would see Jesus.”

Glenn Rogers

UNSEEN PHARISEEISM AND OUTSIDE VOICES

By Glenn Rogers

The idea in the New Testament and even now when we think of the Pharisees is “legalist”.  Indeed that is correct as to their actions and ministry.

Beneath is something more deadly. They wanted a Messiah who was coming but never really came! When Jesus the Messiah showed up, they would not receive Him.      

 

Underneath that was a greater subtlety: The Pharisees  did not welcome or seek Outside Voices. This is seen not only in their rejection of Christ and His redemptive work but also in their rejection of John the Baptist and the attempts to shut out the Apostles. 

 

DO NOT FALL PREY TO THIS AS A LEADER!  Modern “apostolic” (small “a”) voices from the outside are still necessary. I speak here of people beyond your local church from the wider Kingdom of God.  Why would a pastor not want any outside voices to speak into his life and that of his church?  Reasons I have seen and heard confessed are insecurity, pride in methodology or theology, laziness, racial bias, social bias, finances, distrust of others, and more. This is not a good list for sure, nor one that sounds like humility. The danger here is that a pastoral staff, lay leaders, and the church as a whole can become very “ingrown”. That was a big, yet hidden problem with the Pharisees of old. It did not work out well for them.

 

Yes, we have the whole counsel of God, and the “we” is important as well. Learn to seek and hear the godly outside voices, the “apostles” that the Lord might enlighten us on our way. Let God use the wisdom of others to expand us to be all He called us to be.

A challenge to a deeper walk with our Lord.

by Bonnie Rogers

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”    We continue to experience Booth’s fulfilled prediction today.  Though we can’t know the exact day of the Lord’s return, Jesus did expect us to “discern the time” as the day approaches (Luke 12:56).  

Nehemiah “sat…wept…mourned…fasted…and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Neh. 1:4)    Have we no time to SIT before God?   Are there no serious situations in our homes, churches, nation, and world that cause us to WEEP?  Are solemn gatherings of MOURNING before the Lord a thing of the past?    How has FASTING become so foreign to God’s people?   Do we really PRAY???   (Notice that prayer came after humility was shown.)      Serious living in these last days is no longer an option.   Let’s prepare our hearts to seek the Lord (II Chron. 12:14) and fight the battle to which we’ve been called.