Preaching in Acts and today

Reading Jerry Hill’s book on their work in Guatemala. He wrote on page 23,

That preaching [in the book of Acts] was not our Sunday morning and evening lecture to believers. We’re prone to interpret biblical activities by our present practices. The word preach is used in Spanish and English versions to relate how Philip communicated the gospel to the eunuch (Acts 8:35) and how it was related from house to house (20:20), at Paul’s prison-house (28:1), as well as situations that involved many hearers (9.20). During my lifetime, it seems to me that preaching is the common verb used to express what happens in a church service and a campaign. We may overlook that those who teach their spouse or neighbor the gospel are preaching in a biblical sense. And aren’t those who do so preachers? We thought we saw in these simple truths that Guatemalan preachers were going to be prepared more quickly than the modern orator that each congregation likes to have and call the preacher nowadays. It seemed, too, that there should be no limit on the number of preachers in a church.

He’s spot on about the way Americans use the words preaching and preacher. It’s a bad reflection on the church. Very bad. Points up some unbiblical practices.

Sermon conclusions

In my sermon outlines, instead of a “conclusion,” I give it the heading, “What now?” Reminds me that a call to action is always needed. Practice based on truth.

7P: Lunch with a guest

  1. Went to meet with the saints in Eugênio de Melo (the other congregation in town) this morning, preached at their invitation. Good to see some old friends. Attendance was down. Did they hear I was coming?

  2. We had lunch at Empório Ancheita and invited José Roberto along, since we were taking him home.

  3. Much cooler today than normal. Not complaining. Cool is me.

  4. Sore in the lower back today from exercises yesterday morning at the gym. Case of the old gray mare?

  5. Bought a book lately? Try this one: Choose! Easy to read, challenging to practice.

  6. A verse of mine: Pounding drums from a distance, / The party invades our privacy, / No one knows or cares, / Gone the spirit of civility.

  7. A Bible verse: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since he became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek” Heb 6.19-20.