3 comments on “The ENTIRE Message

  1. In many liturgical churches, the minister preaches from the scripture readings of the day. So in theory, the whole counsel of God would be preached (because the minister would eventually work his way through the Bible…over a very long period of time, granted). Of course, if he has an ax to grind, then he could turn the passage to whatever he wanted (e.g. a passage about Christ’s love could be turned to poverty or missions or healing). But in theory, it should provide for at least some balance…

  2. I think they all have the responsibility to preach ALL the Word. If not, and they are pastoring a church, the believers might hear messages only of God’s grace, and never of His sovereignty or holiness. They would understand Him as a loving God (that He is), but never see Him as a JUST God. I think without the whole picture, we as believers would be woefully equipped to stand for Christ in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. JMHO. 🙂

  3. I don’t think the entire message is necessarily every word of Scripture, but the entire picture that Scripture paints. Creation, fall, redemption, etc. would be part of the entire message, but could be accomplished without a verse by verse exposition. I do think that it is every preachers responsibility to present the entire picture, because it only makes sense in that context. Grace means nothing without the fall, the New Testament can only be properly understood in the context of the Hebrew scriptures.

    Those are my initial thoughts, but I will probably continue to think about this for some time. Thanks for the question.

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