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Featured Annual Conference 

 Let's Know the Bible Conference

     “The Book of Hebrews:

            Three Ways to Transform
            your Reading of the Letter.”

     (See below for more information)

               Tickets: Eventbright



Featured Book for your Library
 

Biblical Preaching

        by Donald R. Sunukjian

                                                                           


                                                         

 

Featured Thought about Preaching

"Should I Pause to Preach a Holiday Message"

      by Pastor Aaron Peer 
      Charter Oak Community Church 



 

Featured Cyber-Center Video

      Recapturing the Voice of God

                 by Dr. Steven Smith  



 

2017 Let's Know the Bible Conference

Friday Evening  September 8, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the C.E. National Russell Center
Winona Lake, Indiana

Dr. Herbert W. Bateman IV and Dr. George H. Guthre will address God's new covenant promises in Jeremiah and their fulfillment in Hebrews. Pastor Tim Sprankle and Pastor Lee Compson will then lead us in the new covenant practice of the Lord's Supper. 

Saturday Morning  September 9, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon at the C.E. National Russell Center Winona Lake, Indiana
Dr. George H. Guthre will address “The Book of Hebrews: Three Ways to Transform your Reading of the Letter.” Dr. Guthrie will help instill confidence in our personal reading and study of the Book of Hebrews.

Tickets for Friday & Saturday $15.00

Sunday Morning  September 10, 2017 
Dr. George H. Guthre will be preaching at Pleasant View Bible Church. Service begins at 10:00, ends at 11:30 a.m.
All are welcome.

 


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The
Cyber-Center for Biblical Studies
 
is an internet resource center that promotes the reading, studying, teaching, and preaching of the Bible.

 


  

A Pastor’s Perspective — On Preaching

How Preaching Builds Confidence in the Bible” by Aaron Hoak

Chances are you have a Bible within arm's reach. And if there's not a physical copy in sight, a swipe or a click will bring the Bible to the same screen you're using to read this post. We don't have to think about access to the Scriptures. With ease, and perhaps little appreciation for the privilege, we read the Bible, study it, and preach it.

In theory, we do this because we believe God has spoken to us from heaven through his Son (Hebrews 1:2; 12:25). That truth has been set down in writing, translated, and mass-produced. But does easy access to or familiarity with the Scriptures diminish our amazement or even confidence that we hold in our hands the very Word of God?

Part of the regular work of the pastor should help us at this point: diligent study of God's Word. Since I am privileged to bring a weekly sermon, I must study the Bible. It is my calling to stand and preach a message not of my own whims and opinions but of careful exposition and application of what God has said. Disciplined study teaches pastors to fade to the background and give center stage to God’s Word.

Moreover, careful study increases the pastor’s appreciation for and confidence in the Scriptures. As we dig into the Bible, we see the beauty of God's truth and character. We see sweet harmony in a canon of sixty-six inspired books spanning thousands of years, kingdoms, cultures, and languages. We see the personality of human authors bubbling through while the Divine author is never invisible. We see prophecy fulfilled. We see, from cover to cover, one main story—salvation—and one main character—Jesus, Son of God. And we are drawn to worship this good and gracious God who has spoken through his Son.

Appreciation for and confidence in God’s Word increase as we witness the fruits of effective preaching: sinners saved and lives transformed into the likeness of Christ. We see that the Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and does accomplish God’s purpose (Isaiah 55:11). That is a recipe for increased confidence in the Word of God.

Since we're fallen creatures in a fallen world, this isn’t a linear process. We won't always see the beauty that's there; we won’t always want to worship; people won't always be affected after we've diligently studied and preached. So we must be careful not to rest biblical confidence in feelings or the effects of preaching, but the revelation of God’s Son. He is the final Word.

Instead of familiarity breeding contempt as we engage in careful study and preaching of God's truth, it should breed confidence. There is no book like the Bible. There is no revelation like God’s Son. Preaching not only reflects this confidence, but also aims to implant it into the congregation, whose members may reap the fruit of greater faith, hope, and love.




Aaron Hoak, Senior Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Northern Indiana has earned his B.A. from Kentucky Wesleyan College (2001) and M.Div. degree from Westminster Seminary CA (2002).

After graduating from seminary, Aaron pastored at Grace Fellowship Church in Breman, IN (2002–2009). Toward the end of 2009, Grace Fellowship Church extended their ministry with a church plant in Warsaw, IN. Aaron moved from Breman to Warsaw to head-up that church plant at Grace Baptist Church.


"A Pastor's Perspective" appears regularly on the Cyber-Center for Biblical Studies. For previous posts, see "Publications."

  

 

 

 

 

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