Colossians 1:28-29 (NKJV) Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Perhaps one of the reasons that it is frowned upon in much of American society to talk about Jesus today is that it is frowned upon to talk about Jesus in many churches.
Being a preacher myself, I enjoy reading and listening to sermons. Read a sermon from 100 years ago and it will be chock full references to Jesus. Read a sermon today and you may never once hear him mentioned.
A preacher can preach on almost any topic and use a biblical text to launch his sermon from. His sermon could be absolutely true and even very helpful.
But remember, there is a world of difference between presenting truth and presenting the Truth.
At the end of the day all the church has is Jesus Christ—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Take him out and we have no power, no salvation, and no eternal life and nothing to really offer anybody that some other religions or benevolent organizations are offering (and they’re probably doing it better!).
I frown on “church hopping” (there is no perfect church) but there are a very few reasons for going to a church or choosing a new church; at the top of that list is whether or not the preacher faithfully and consistently preaches Jesus Christ and him crucified, buried, resurrected, and coming again.
No matter how good he preaches and no matter how good your singers sing, if you seldom hear those topics coming out of their mouths you have every right to question whether or not you are actually in the church you need to be in.
- The ONE THING for today: Tomorrow when you go to church, make the Truth, not just truth the litmus test for whether or not you’ve actually been to church.
John 12:21 (NKJV)
“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”