Text: Col. 1:9-19a
Title: "Preaching Christ"

Introd: There have been 3 milestones in my spiritual walk with Christ. The first occurred in 1976 when I repented of my sins and trusted Christ as my Saviour.

The 2nd occurred in 1980 when I fully understood and obeyed Rms. 12:1. This was my second blessing, every bit as full and sweet as salvation!

The 3rd occurred about 18 months ago when I read, "Christ in the Marvelous Book," by Hatcher. Now, only the Scriptures can make you wise unto salvation, and can change a life, but God can and does use other God-honoring books to change your mind. This book changed my mind from focusing on man to focusing on Christ, "...that in all things He might have the preeminence."

Col. 1:9-19a ญญ Mark Bibles ญญ prayer

I doubt there would be much disagreement that our churches, on the whole, are spiritually dying. May I simply define "death," not as cessation of life, but as separation, and in our churches' cases, separation from Christ.

Jn. 15:4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except ye abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me."

For the most part the leadership and the followship have become spiritually numb to the things of God, and are simply going through the EXPECTED spiritual activities. I believe that this spiritual malady applies to the vast majority of the bodies of Christ, and the vast majority of the members within those bodies. We are dying because we are becoming more and more separated from our spiritual life support system, the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Follow me as we consider:

I. God's Standard
II. Our Present Condition
III. God's Narrow Road of Progress
IV. God's Method of Return
V. The Person of Our Preaching
VI. The Result of Christ-centered Preaching
VII. How to Preach, Teach, Study, Apply Christ


I. GOD'S STANDARD (Col. 1:18c)

"...that in all things Christ might have the preeminence."

A. All things!

B. Might Have = may come to have (a continuing process)

C. The preeminence
1. Eminence = a position of superiority, first place
2. Preeminence =BEFORE first place!

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST MUST HAVE FIRST PLACE

II. OUR PRESENT CONDITION (Rev. 2:1-3)

A. First revealed to the pastor(s) (v1)

B. Then to the assembly (v2-3)
1. Note the commendations

Note: Most of us would be thrilled to pastor a church with this testimony! But Christ reveals their true condition.

C. True condition (v4)
1. Left (not lost) first love
a. Is not this the great love we had for Christ at our salv.? Do not, "We love Him, because He first loved us?" (1 Jn. 4:19)
b. If we loved Christ would we not do His commandments?
"If ye love Me, keep My commandments...He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do..." Jn. 14:15, 12

D. Conditions of restoring love (v5)
1. Remember (how He saved you and how you loved Him sor saving you!)
2. Repent (determine to change your present condition)
3. Repeat (the first works of learning of Christ and keeping His commandments)

III. GOD'S NARROW ROAD OF PROGRESS (Phil. 3:8-10)
A. A deep-seated, soul-saturated knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord (v8)

B. A heart-searching forsaking of anything and perhaps everything to "know" Christ in all His fulness
1. To know His Person, power, persecution (v10)
2. To be conformed to His death (v10)

IV. GOD'S METHOD OF RETURN (2 Tim. 4:2-3)
A. Preach the Word! (Not from it, about it, or around it!)

B. Preach!
1. Tell forth the Lord with power and conviction

Note: Now who does this telling forth apply to in its broadest sense? How many here preach? How many teach? How many apply the Word to yourself or others?

C. The Word
1. The logos

V. THE PERSON OF OUR PREACHING (Jn. 1:1,14)
A. Christ is the Word

B. Christ is also the Subject of the Word

Mat. 1:1 "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ..."

Mat. 17, where on the Mt. of Transfiguration, Peter saw Moses and Elias with Christ, and wanted to do something religious by building 3 tabernacles. Out from the Shekinah glory cloud thundered God, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him!" "And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only."

Lk. 24:27 "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He EXPOUNDED unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself."

Jn. 16:13-14 "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth is come...He shall glorify Me."

Acts 3:20-21 "And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophecies since the world began."

VI. THE RESULTS OF CHRIST-CENTERED PREACHING

A. Proper priorities (Mat. 6:33)

B. Rest (Mat. 11:29)

C. Doctrinal Truth (Mat. 17:5)

D. A burning heart and a set-on-fire soul (Lk. 24:32)

E. Purposeful and abundant life (Jn. 15:5)

F. Glorification of Christ (Jn. 16)

G. Conformation to the image of Christ (Rms. 8:28-29)

H. Knowledge of God (2 Cor. 4:6,5)

I. Lifestyle and service (Gal. 1:16)

J. Knowledge of Christ (Eph. 1:17)

K. Proper perspective and proper results (Phil. 3:8-10)

L. A proper example (1 Pet. 2:21)

VII. HOW TO PREACH, TEACH, STUDY, APPLY CHRIST

A. Look for Christ in your passage
1. Highlight every mention
2. Look for the action words (verbs) or descriptive words that come from God or describe God
a. Use these to learn what the Word of God is revealing about God.
3. Preach what is revealed about God; and man only as he rightly or wrongly reponds to God.
4. Look at every passage from God's viewpoint looking at man, not man's viewpoint looking at God.
5. Communicate what you have learned of Christ to your listeners

Note: It is not Peter walking on the water toward Christ, but Christ waiting on the water for Peter.

B. Preach the word verse by verse
1. Because that is how God gave it
2. Because that keeps it in its proper context and historical setting
3. Because that will go a long way toward removing doctirnal errors.
4. Because it keeps your preaching to a central point
5. Because it is the most organized method fro your hearers to follow, learn from, and judge if you are preaching the truth!
6. Because you will be hemmed in by the Word of God, instead of set loose by various Scriptures that "prove" your opinions.

Conc: Only Christ pleased the Father, and we only please the Father because we are in Christ and are becoming like Christ. We do not need preaching on current affairs, nor on psychology, nor on self-esteem. We need to see the Christ that is worthy of our worship and emulation.
 

  Return to the top of this page