The Recent Issue of the APC Magazine is Here! Christ-centered Preaching!

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Our denomination, the Associated Presbyterian Church puts out this magazine every two months which is accessible online for FREE to anyone interested.  The current issue has been posted online and is on Christ-centered Preaching!  You preachers out there will want to check it out.  If you are not a preacher, there is still much in it that you would benefit from – and please pass the word around to your pastors.  You will be happy and blessed they read this.

We have good articles on the subject from wonderful men of God and great biblical scholars and theologians like Dennis Johnson, Michael Horton, Robert Godfrey, Brian Estelle, etc.  Pick up a FREE copy here:  Christ-centered Preaching – APC NEWS.

You can also access older issues using the same link above.  Blessings!

The Best Sermons!

“Christ the Glory of His People” 

The best sermons are the sermons which are most full of Christ.

A sermon without Christ…. it is an awful, a horrible thing; it is an empty well; it is a cloud without rain; it is a tree twice dead, plucked by the roots. Continue reading “The Best Sermons!”

The Conference Has Began!!

Dear All,
The conference started well tonight.  I was so amazed at the turn out on this first night of the conference.  There were well over 100 pastors and laymen from various churches and denominations in Uganda and East Africa (mainly).  So far, nine (9) countries are being represented at the conference as follows:  Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Burundi, Scotland, Canada and the US.  Oh how we pray that the ripple effect of this conference will be used by God to transform lives in all these countries and around the world to the glory of Jesus Christ.

I took the first session tonight and preached on “The Urgency and Supremacy of Preaching” mainly from Romans 10:17 but also from Ezekiel 33:1-9.  We will be uploading all the conference messages soon onto the JTW site for those who may be interested in listening to them.  Please stay tuned.

Please pray for the other speakers as well as the participants tomorrow.  We have just began the conference with the one session tonight.  But from tomorrow, we have a pretty full schedule.  Please pray for strength on all of the speakers and listeners that we will not waste this golden opportunity to be nurtured and sharpened in the things of God especially for those of us who are ministers of the Word of God.

The JTW team from Malawi is doing well but Elliot has been battling malaria.  Please keep him in your prayers that he may recover quickly and regain his strengthen.  He is getting better but still a bit weak.  Thank you all for your faithful prayers. Please stay tuned for further updates during the course of the week.
In Christ,
Fletcher

NEEDED! DEAD OR ALIVE: FAITHFUL PREACHERS!!

As a minister of the gospel, there is no subject that interests me more than the preaching.  I am not just interested in a “fanciful” manner, but I am captivated by this subject because it sums up God’s call upon my life this side of heaven.  But it’s not just preaching in general that interests me.  Rather it is Christ who is to be the Grand Theme and Subject of all faithful preaching!  I am not only called to preach.  I am called to “preach Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23).  “…We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…” 2 Cor. 4:5).  All true preaching is Christ-centered, and all Christ-centered preaching is true preaching.  There are no two ways about it!  Those who are committed to the faithful exposition of Scripture will necessarily preach Christ because all of the Scriptures testify about Him (Luke 24:25-27,44-48; John 5:39).

Sadly, there is a dearth of preaching in our day.  Many are the pulpits which have been severely afflicted and inflicted by this terminal disease.  We do not lack “preachers” capable of giving interesting talks, moral advice or motivational speeches.  There are plenty of those around – everywhere you turn!  But faithful, Christ-centered preachers!  Oh, no!  Those are scarce!  Only a few of them are still standing!  I think the sign below needs to be hang on just about every church door today.

William Still in his book entitled, The Work of The Pastor writes:  “…If the hope of the world is Christ, it is Christ in all the Scriptures, and that hope can only be fulfilled by men pouring out the riches of Christ’s saving grace upon the Lord’s people through the Scriptures” (p. 93)

Why then is there such a dearth of faithful, Christ-centered preaching in our day?  Well, that’s a very good question.  Many reasons can be given as to why this is the case.  But one thing is for certain, there has been a great lost of confidence in Scriptures among both preachers and hearers as Alistair Begg points out in his book, Preaching for God’s Glory (pages 18-19):

The absence of expository preaching is directly related to an erosion of confidence in the authority of and sufficiency of Scripture.  At the beginning of the nineteenth the battle lines were drawn against the forces of liberalism.  Liberals were challenging the miraculous, questioning the divine, and opposing the historicity of the New Testament documents.  Evangelicals weathered that storm, and empty liberal churches testify to the futility of the liberal quest for a demythologized Christ.  But today the battle is more subtle.  The Scriptures are neglected and debased and are used only as a springboard for all kinds of “talks” that are far removed from genuine biblical exposition…There is little, if any, sense of either the preacher or the congregation bowing under the majestic authority of God’s written Word.

I couldn’t agree more!  Let me end this post by asking you to do three things in light of what I have shared here:

First, pray with me that the Lord will raise up a new generation of preachers who will not be afraid or ashamed to preach the “whole counsel of God” and point people to the Lord Jesus Christ in every sermon.

Secondly, pray for your pastors that by God’s grace and the working of God’s Holy Spirit they may be kept faithful and true to their calling. In my view, that is the best way to keep your ministers accountable before God and their congregations.

Secondly, pray for me also that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…that I may proclaim it clearly and boldly, as I should (see Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 4:3-4).  Thank you!

For more on this, please click on this link:  Contending for the Faith in America.

I also recommend the following additional resources:

Essays:  Is Christ-Centered Preaching a Biblical Mandate? by Fred A. Malone;  A Listener’s Guide to the Pulpit by Todd Wilken; Preaching Christ, by Charles McIlvaine (1799-1873)

Books:  Preaching Christ in All Scripture, by Edmund Clowney; Him We Proclaim, by Dennis Johnson, Christ-Centered Preaching, by Bryan Chapell