Preachers preach the gospel of Christ whether anyone is interested in it or not. Jesus felt that baptism and observing all that He commanded was important enough to mention as He gave the Great Commission. Jesus, my Lord, was interested in those things. Why shouldn't I be?
God works in baptism to give me rebirth and cleansing and forgiveness by the blood and grace of Christ. He is working on me in baptism. It is worthwhile--no, it is imperative--to help people see what God is doing for them to give them newness of life. That is what preachers do. When people say we don't need baptism to be saved, they are actually interfering with God's gracious work in our lives (Tit. 3:3-7).
Postmodern thinking is man's way of dismissing God. If I love God, I cannot dismiss Him; and I will not stop speaking about Him and His words.
Have you ever considered how Jesus treasures His words? People who talk against "doctrine" are actually speaking against what He teaches, His Words.
- Heeding his words distinguishes the wise from the foolish (Mt. 7:21-27)
- His words impart the truth that sets us free. True disciples abide in His word (Jn. 8:31-32)
- If we are ashamed of Him or His words, He will be ashamed of us (Mk 8:38; Lk. 9:26)
- His words are eternal life (Jn. 6:63)
- We will be judged by His words (Jn. 12:48)
- We become His mother and brothers by hearing and doing His word (Mk. 3:35; Lk 8:21)
- Heaven and earth will pass away but not Jesus' words (Mt. 24:35)
- Whoever is of God hears the words of God (Jn. 8:47)
- Whoever does not love Jesus does not keep his words (Jn. 14:23-24)
- Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” (Jn. 8:51)
- Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth (Jn 17:17)
What is not interesting to people is often very much the interest of God (Matt. 16:21-23). Our task is to quit thinking how we can accommodate people and begin focusing on pleasing God. We cannot say to God, "hush." God will have His say, if not today then one day. When He speaks then, we will wish we had listened.
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