It sounded like the message last Sunday (“Repent and believe” – July 18, 2010) was a familiar theme that we had heard multiple times recently: our sinfullness that requires a savior; the need to turn from sin (repent) and change the way that we think (recalling Metamorphoo).
And I confess that there is a part of me that doesn’t like to focus on just how bad I am. So I suspect that there are not a few who don’t enjoy hearing that kind of message repatedly.
But Manny came up to me after the message and told me a story. He manages a Christian radio station and calls on pastors all the time to see if they want air time on his station. He listens to multiple sermons by many different pastors from many different church traditions as part of his job. And Manny told me that he has noticed that many preachers actually avoid saying the word “sin ” because it might make some people uncomfortable. It sounds too “negative.” It’s a major downer.
Actually, I would enjoy preaching on the hundreds of “joy themes” in the bible if it weren’t for the glaringly obvious fact that our sinfulness is a major theme of the bible — from the fall of Adam and Eve opening chapters of Genesis to the examination of the books of all we have done in the closing chapters of Revelation — and just about every book in between.
And the glorious pristine holiness of God is a major theme that sings out of just about every book in the Bible. (I say “just about” because believe it or not, God is not even mentioned in the OT book of Esther.)
And the revelation of God’s great eternal redemptive plan to save lost sinners for his glory is the overarching theme of the Bible — from the promise of a savior in Genesis 3:15 to the promise of Jesus’ triumphant return in Revelation 22.
So I guess our sinfullness and God’s love for lost sinners that was shown at the cross should be a theme of our preaching, don’t you think? And maybe not just once a year or so.
Resting in Him,