Preaching Jesus Means Preaching On Issues

TEXTActs 15:1-25:42

INTRODUCTION:

A.      SOME INSIST THAT WE JUST PREACH JESUS – THE MAN, NOT THE PLAN.

          1.       Doctrinal preaching is divisive and confrontational.

          2.       We are too “issue oriented.”

B.      IN Acts 15 THE CONTROVERSY WAS JUST BEGINNING.

          1.       The controversy arose within the church.

          2.       7 Epistles have this “issue” as their main subject.  All of them address issues.

C.      WE NEED TO SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF ISSUE ORIENTED PREACHING.

D.      AND HOW CONTROVERSY WAS HANDLED IN PREACHING JESUS.

I.      THE IMPORTANCE OF ISSUE ORIENTED PREACHING.

A.      WARNINGS AGAINST THE ONSLAUGHT ERROR ( Acts 20:29-30).

          1.       Typical attitudes reflected (Isa. 30:9-11Jer. 5:30-31).

          2.       The real danger

                   a.  Anathema (Gal. 1:6-92 John 9).

                   b.  Drawn away from God (Heb. 13:9Acts 20:29-30).

                   c.  The real cause of religious division (1 Cor. 4:6Rom. 16:17).

B.      WHAT DO WE DO?

          1.       We must speak out (Isa. 58:1Titus 1:92 Tim 4:2).

          2.       Discipline of the church (Rom. 16:17-18Titus 3:102 Thess. 3:14).

          3.       Personal disgression must be used (2 John 9-11).

          4.       We must defend the Truth (Phil. 1:16Jude 32 Tim. 1:13-14).

C.      AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION …

          1.       These warning came before trouble began

                   a.  Watch ye … I ceased not to admonish (Acts 20:29-31).

                   b.  To write these things is safe (Phil. 3:1-3)

          2.       c.  In season, out of season (2 Tim. 4:1-2Acts 20:20, 26-27).

D.      MODERN EXAMPLES OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PREACHING ON ISSUES.

          1.       Lost River and A. D. 70.

          2.       Annulment. We don't have that here.

II.     PREACHING CHRIST MEANT PREACHING ON THE ISSUES.

A.      FALSE TEACHERS FROM JERUSALEM (Acts 15:1-2).

          1.       Challenged by Paul and Barnabas –A debate proposed (vs. 2)

          2.       Widespread controversy (vs. 5).  The ISSUE defined!

B.      HOW WAS THE QUESTION SETTLED?

          1.       An appeal to Divine Direction – COMMANDS (vs. 7-11).

          2.       A recounting of Apostolic Experience – EXAMPLES (vs. 12 ie. Acts 13:46-47)

          3.       Reasoning from the Scriptures – INFERENCES (15:13-19).

          4.       Deference given to those weak in the faith (15:201 Cor. 8:7,  913).

C.      SOME OBSERVATIONS:

          1.       In each case, an appeal was made to what God had shown them.

          2.       There was recognition of Apostolic Authority (Matt. 18:18).

          3.       And submission to God’s will, whether thru commands, examples, or inferences.

          4.       THE ISSUE WASN’T AVOIDED UNTIL IT COULDN’T BE ANY LONGER!

III.    PREACHING CHRIST MEANS THE SAME THING TODAY.

A.      ISSUES ARE DECIDED ON THE BASIS DIVINE AUTHORITY

          (Matt. 21:23-25;  2 John 9).

B.      HOW IS DIVINE AUTHORITY ESTABLISHED?

          1.       By considering Commands, Examples, and Inferences, JUST LIKE THEY DID.

          2.       We find what we need in the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-161 Cor. 4:6).

IV.   SOMETHING MUST BE SAID ABOUT ATTITUDE.

A.      IN DEALING WITH ISSUES, WE MUST HAVE A COMMON GOAL

          1.       Our efforts should be directed toward correcting the error (2 Tim. 2:25-26).

          2.       This goal will be reflected in our approach (vs. 24-25).

B.      IS THERE EVER A PLACE FOR A STERN TONE? (1 Tim. 1:181 Cor. 4:21).

          1.       Preaching includes “rebuke” (2 Tim. 4:2).

          2.       In includes contending (Jude 3).

          3.       “With all authority” (Titus 2:15).  If it is from God’s word, don’t apologize.

          4.       DON’T BE INTIMIDATED (Titus 2:15Phil. 1:16)

C.      THERE IS NO ROOM FOR A COMPROMISER IN THE PULPIT OR KINGDOM

(Prov. 23:23)

CONCLUSION:  PREACHING ON ISSUES IS NOT MERELY

        “SOUTHERN STYLE.”  IT IS PREACHING JESUS NEW

        TESTAMENT STYLE.