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Unfortunately, the problem is a result of the "Modern Gospel". (God is love, come to Him and He will fix your broken marriage, drug problem, financial woes, etc.) The Gospel as told in Scripture is not even close to what's being preached by most Evangelical Churches today. (That we're sinners who have offended God by our selfishness, disobedience, and ...


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Evangelism is Christian proselytizing To proselytize means to attempt to convert a person from one religion to another. To evangelize means to proselytize for Christianity.


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Though I personally tend to favour expository preaching in practice, topical preaching certainly has its place. Scriptural Basis A case could be made from Scriptural example... Jesus's Preaching Jesus's recorded preaching was purely topical - as far as I know, he never took a passage from the Old Testament and expanded on it. Rather, he chose topics ...


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Your question can be asked using the theological terms of complementarianism and egalitarianism. The crux of the question is this - Did God make all humans the same or did He give each "separate but equal" roles to uniquely fill within the church? This, like most real issues of substance, is not one where a single proof verse can answer it. (Although, ...


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You are right, communication before modern electronics relied more on the speaker yelling and a crowd who surrounding attentively. Consider the ancient Roman coliseum for example. This place could house an audience of 50,000+ and people would need to shout loud to the crowd and be heard. When we imagine the crowds that Jesus spoke to a typical Jesus ...


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In a nutshell, systematic expository preaching ensures that the Word is preached, the whole Word is preached, and that the pastor has less of an opportunity to rehash his own opinion or stick to a "canon within the canon." Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Preaching (which is probably the best preaching text since John Broaddus), says: The thing ...


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The term is not one that has an official definition across the board. However, there are two meanings that are generally implied by the phrase. One is a bit.. inflammatory, even if it's not really "meant to be taken that way". It is tied up with the idea (common to most Christians) that some Churches are preaching a false "gospel". (I say it's common to ...


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Like any topic, if a person thinks it is important, they will talk about it. You may draw your own conclusions as to why some Pastors do not teach on Hell therefore. Jesus spoke a lot about Hell. Guess He thought it was important to do so.


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By going to church. Period. As one who has preached for a long time, I can tell you that fancy oratory, glitzy aids, cool programs, and all the best homeletics in the world cannot make up for a pastor who knows you like a shepherd knows his sheep. Want to know why I stopped going to mega churches? Because I realized it was too easy to hide. I could be an ...


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I was a little surprised in finding the answer to this question, from a Catholic perspective at least, kind of reversed the tradition of parishes representing a contiguous geographical area. One of the precepts of the Catholic Church is to provide for the needs of the church, the church being the universal church, the diocese and the local parish where ...


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I don't think that by the definition of "Christianity" provided by this site, all Christians could agree with your assessment of faith's role in prayer. However, speaking from a Baptist tradition, I am inclined to agree. Christ prayed in the garden that if it was His Father's will, that the cup would pass from Him. Concerning the conditional "not my will ...


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Most of today's conservative churches interpret these passages as a prohibition on women preaching to men. Far from being a prohibition on women ever giving sermons, women are not merely allowed but actually commanded to teach younger women: The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much ...


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My answer? Churches nowadays are unfortunately often focused on quantity. "We have X churchgoers" or "Our denomination has X followers". They preach in order to get more people to attend and come back for the next seremon. Preaching about "controversal" subjects loses followers, as we can clearly see from the Gospel itself - John 6 from 53 on, where Jesus ...


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My answer is 3), that pathological guilt can stem from a preaching that neglects a Theology of the Cross. Here is an example of Martin Luther, writing to his friend George Spalatin, who had become distraught over the sin of giving really bad moral advice. The conversation is best recorded in Chapter 12 of Walther's Law and Gospel. The text contains ...


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A church sermon can include many topics: history, language, society, morals, ethics, relationships, psychology, and more. None of these things are wrong in and of themselves, and yet if a sermon consists only of these things, that sermon is deficient. A gospel-preaching church will aim to always make the core of their sermons be the Christian gospel, out of ...


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Erskine Theological Seminary professor Hughes Oliphant Old says no. In volume 7 of history of preaching, The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, he lists Chrysostom, Augustine, and Origen as having done it previously. He also implies that many others had probably done so given the ubiquity and appropriateness of ...


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This is more of a comment than an answer, but it's too long for a comment so please pardon me for posting it as an answer. This is a question that is highly debated in Christian circles. I would love to see it studied scientifically. Sure, you could debate how to measure. If there's a question about "real conversions" versus "nominal conversions", as long ...


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My answer has a purely anecdotal basis. Being a "boomer," I am more than a little familiar with the tension which existed in my formative years--the 50s and 60s--between two distinct flavors of ethos within the nationwide Christian church in America. On the one hand, there were the "social gospelers." These were self-confessed Christians of various ...


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The world is so full of suffering and pain these days, the last thing we need to hear is that we are going to burn in hell. I think that pastors and spiritual leaders recognize this. Maybe they are trying to give encouragement and hope to their sheep instead of more fear? I'm not sure if that is why they don't grill people with that anymore. It seemed to ...


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I hope the following does indeed contribute to the answer.... Paul writes that an elder must be above reproach, blameless, the husband of one wife, manage his own family well etc from 1 Timothy 3 and Titus. A divorce is seen as causing serious question marks on these things for the man who has gone through such a tragedy. Since the qualifications from Paul ...


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I think this is a question for which historical context needs to be afforded considerable weight. As others have mentioned, it is not the case that women never did any teaching in the days of the early church, even in the days when Corinthians and 2 Timothy were written. So these verses are certainly not, even in their most restricting interpretation, meant ...


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Great question. For starters, I encourage you to read @Affable Geek's response about slavery in the Bible here. In his response, @Affable Geek says: As stated, slavery was a fact of the Ancient World, and so when the Bible addresses the topic, it should not be compared against the sensibilities of the modern world, but rather against the sensibilities ...


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I think nearly everyone believes you should play to your strengths... or in biblical terms, that you should use your "gifts"... and preaching is definitely included among the spiritual gifts. Apply that to this question, and it follows that if it's permissible for a woman to preach, then it is required of some women that they should do so. You can't simply ...



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