What is preaching? Even though Christianity has many definitions of preaching, in order to be effective, one must come to a common place on what true preaching really is. “Preaching is divine activity wherein the word of God is proclaimed or announced on contemporary issues for and ultimate response to our God.” Simply, preaching is the word of God being delivered through the language of everyday life experiences of congregation members. Many misconceptions are made that preaching is simply the unfolding of scripture. Personally, this misunderstanding could be explained as an exegetical scriptural reading.
The book is, however, not written only for academics or full time pastors, but is aimed for all Christians to understand. The book is practical; therefore, it is structured and worded in a way that it can be applied to the reader’s life. Through reading ‘A practical guide to biblical ethics’, believers can live a way of life that brings glory to God. The most important spiritual truth that I learnt is that law is not the opposite of grace, but grace is the fulfilment of the law (Smith 2012:10-11, 13-15). In many church circles, ‘law’ is viewed as archaic and constraining.
Therefore, a proper interpretation of scripture is critical. Many believers are taught to read the Word and take relative interpretations. They are taught to ask questions such as “what does the passage mean to me?” or “how does it apply to my life?” When they do this, they are removing the Word out of the context which increases the likelihood of misinterpretation. Thus, the contemporary church needs to open hermeneutics classes so that Christians learn how to read the Word with God’s point of view and learn how His meaning can be applied to their lives.
If we don’t understand his Word then we do not understand him. Holy Scripture is the Word of the Lord, the amour of God and the source of wisdom we need. I believe it’s the message that God wants us all to have. “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13) Learning and knowing the Bible makes us
One argument is that one does not have to speak in tongues to show evidence of the Holy Spirit. The other side of the argument is that speaking in tongues is a sign of the indwelling of Holy Spirit. Paul’s teachings about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues will also be discussed. Most Christians know that when Jesus was here on earth he taught, preached and talked about the Holy Spirit. Also when Jesus was resurrected and went to see the disciples, he promised them of another power to come to comfort them and to help guide them through their everyday lives.
Through the Scared Tradition and Sacred Scripture, revelation is transmitted to the Church. That is why revelation is also linked with Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium. Our obedience and faith should be our only response to revelation. Through this faith we give ourselves to God, so that we can have a strong relationship with him. He was the one who first gave himself and loves us.
Prayer as defined by Houghton Mifflin (2009) is a reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship. However, when we make an appeal how do we capture His attention? It is through prayer that we are able to petition God and ultimately develop a consistent prayer life that pleases Him. Reading the word of God and prayer draws us closer to Christ. We begin to have His mind and His spirit living in us because of this Holy communication.
Jesus taught that people must be persistent in prayer. They should not expect their prayers to be answered straight away. Jesus taught that Christians must pray with true faith and devotion. Prayer was the way through which Jesus could talk to his father, God. Jesus believed that God had a purpose for his creation.
Teaching the doctrines of the church with fervor and God-lead wisdom will help sustaining the church’s viability. The Doctrine of The Holy Spirit will unfold the deep and hidden truths of God, and his desires for His church. The role of the Holy Spirit is that He bears "witness" of Jesus Christ and the church shares that role. Here is what John 16:12-14 says about the Holy Spirit in this venue, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
In the beginning of the book, Bounds expresses that we depend on God just as much as he depends on us. Our relationship with Christ is simple, but requires a lot of communication. He shows why it is so important to be in communication and prayer with Christ when preparing a sermon. Bounds says that, "Prayer is the mightiest weapon." (p. 46) What he means by this is that prayer gives life and force to all.