Great post here by my friend Julie over at Light and Life about getting the glorious message of the Gospel out into the world, where it belongs.
As you know, church has been kinda’ bugging me lately, and one of the things that has been bugging me is the preaching. It doesn’t really belong in church.
Preaching belongs in the streets.
One of the most powerful sermons ever preached is recorded in Acts 2. Peter brilliantly, powerfully, clearly and anointedly laid it all out in the public square and thousands accepted his message that day and were baptized.
Thousands of people got what he said.
They heard the good news and they got it. They did not need to keep getting it.
Can you imagine how boring it would have been for them if, after they were baptized, Peter just kept reiterating the same message to them again and again?
Jesus’s parting words were, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
The word preaching does not appear in His commission to us. He didn’t tell us to preach to the church, because preaching to the church is like preaching to the choir. It’s unnecessary.
Preaching is implied, however, in the “go make disciples” part. It’s what Peter did out there in the public square. But once those three thousand new believers were baptized into the faith, they no longer needed preaching, they needed teaching.