tirsdag 21. juni 2016

More than rhetoric

I love to listen to good preaching, and in a good sermon, there must be room for rhetoric. When one utters: “Just rhetoric”, it is often meant as pure criticism. Yes, I have said it myself, so I am guilty as charged. At the same time, I must admit that good rhetoric can be very motivating, but it has of course an even greater effect when supported by the preacher’s personal lifestyle.

Peter had testified in front of the Sanhedrin and said: ‘we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ (1) With his life he showed that this was more than rhetoric:

After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
Acts 8:25
He lived as he preached. He did not wait for his next assignment. On the return journey he preached in many of the villages. That is a recipe for results. That is how God’s Kingdom comes.

‘Manna’ for today:
The Christian mission is not a scheduled item on a calendar
– it is living the life in the Spirit
(1) See: “What was the motivation?”

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