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Lord give us direct preachers!

Rev Enoch Thompson | JANUARY 9, 2023 | MATTHEW 3:7-10


KEY VERSE: Matthew 3:7 (NIV)

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

MESSAGE:

Preaching is one of the major ways of God’s outreach to lost humanity to bring us back to Himself in salvation, and to nurture us in righteous living. There have always been people filling the pulpit of the Church over the centuries. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, into the modern era, there have been preachers. The quality and spiritual relevance of preachers and their preaching vary from time to time, from location to location from circumstance to circumstance.

In our text today we have an excellent preacher who exhibited one of the very important characteristics we should seek out in anyone we follow as our preacher, or if we are preachers, a characteristic we should pray for and seek to demonstrate, the quality of God-backed directness.

We need spiritual vitality in the Church, and one forceful way this will come about is through forceful direct preaching. John the Baptist will not be invited back to many churches today, because he spoke God’s truth without reservation, and called religious manipulators who had sold out to the Devil, vipers, and not little wiggly things.

We need preachers who will have sold out to God and are not seeking the comforts of crumbs from the table of some puny money-people or connected power brokers. Preachers who call out the sins of God’s people. We need direct preachers who talk of sin as an offence to a holy God. We need preachers who talk of the coming judgment and announce that the axe is already laid at the root of the trees.

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Are you a preacher, go before God and ask for a new unction. Are you a church member, will you pray for the new anointing upon the preachers in God’s Church?

PRAYER:

O God, please pour the spirit of fire upon our preachers. Lord, light again the holy fire on the pulpits across the nations and through every denomination of the Church. Give us direct men and women of the Word. Lord, send a revival of the Word and the Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!


SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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