The Weekend Word

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  1. Jean says:

    “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
    Now this is a summary of the law – not the elimination of the individual laws.
    We do not have the freedom to do whatever we want in the name of love.”

    This is a great insight, which will come in handy.

  2. JoelG says:

    “I don’t know that you can understand the scriptures in a saving way without preaching. I don’t think someone can say, “I was just reading the Bible on my own and I became a Christian.””

    This is an interesting observation. I wonder why anyone not drawn by the Holy Spirit would want to crack open a Bible other than to try to disprove it?

    MLD what about books? For instance “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis? Would this fall under the categories of “preaching”? God has used this book to draw people to Christ.

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Joel, I don’t think anyone goes from a cold stop, picks up the bible or a CS Lewis book and gets saved. From a cold start at best it will be like the Ethiopian in acts to ask ‘what does this mean’ or the person has heard the preaching in the past and now this is just resparking what they already knew.
    As I said in my comments above, faith comes through preaching and God will send the preacher.

    I think those who make the claim are trying to say “my salvation is more pure than yours, because mine was not filtered through a man.”

  4. Josh the Baptist says:

    “I was just reading the Bible on my own and I became a Christian.”

    That is precisely what happened in my case. Now, of course that Holy Spirit was at work interpreting what I was reading, but I sat at a break table in a motor shop and read through the Gospels for a few days, realized that I was lost and needed a Savior. Went to the bathroom and cried out to Jesus for Salvation. Didn’t go to church until a few months after that.

  5. JoelG says:

    Very cool Josh. Sounds like God goes “outside of the box”sometimes. 😉

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Josh, are you saying before you picked up the Bible you had never heard the gospel preached or spoken that you had never heard of Jesus and who he was?
    That’s what I mean when talk about a cold stop. To me that denies what the Bible claims. Even Cornielius needed Peter to come to him.

  7. Josh the Baptist says:

    I’m sure I had heard a sermon in my life. Not within years of this experience though.

  8. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    See, that’s what good preaching does – and God preserves his word in you until you come around.

  9. Josh the Baptist says:

    “I don’t know that you can understand the scriptures in a saving way without preaching.”

    There was certainly no sermon in my head the day that I was saved, interpreting what I was reading. Those words were coming alive on the page. Maybe Luke was preaching to me.

    “I don’t know that you can understand the scriptures in a saving way without preaching.”


  10. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I am using my phone while setting up my home and office from my move to another state So I cannot look up the verses – but what do you do with the Paul passages that faith comes by hearing God’s word preached and the how will they hear without a preacher and how beautiful are the feet of that preacher who traveled to preach.
    Why was Peter sent to Cornielius and Philipp to the Ethiopian and the disciples into all of the world.
    Does modern day “Just me and my bible supersede all of that?

  11. Josh the Baptist says:

    1. Obviously I believe in preaching.
    2. I guess God can do whatever He wants to do. I had not even gotten to the passage in Romans 10 when God saved me. I didn’t know I needed a preacher, only that I needed a Savior. Weird, huh?

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