How To Identify A Reliable Preacher

  1. Does the preacher ground everything he says in the Bible?
  2. Does he acknowledge that both the Old and the New Testament tell one story.  (2Timothy 3:16-17)
  3. Does the preacher point to one figure, namely that God saves sinners through the accomplished work of His son Jesus Christ?   (Acts 4:12)
  4. Does the preacher freely emphasize that because of sin, a right relationship with God can only be established by God’s grace alone?  (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  5. Does the preacher stress that salvation is not achieved by what we can do, rather salvation is received by faith in what Christ has already done?   (A reliable carrier of God’s truth always highlights the fact that God saves sinners; sinners don’t save themselves!)  (Ephesians  2:8-10)
  6. Does the preacher underline that Christ is the exclusive mediator between God and man?  (John 14:6)
  7. Does the preacher both affirm and proclaim that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life’, and that “nobody comes to the Father but by Christ”? (John 14:6)
  8. Does the preacher exalt God above all?  (2 Samuel 22:47)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A God-centered teacher is just that: God-centered.  He will preach and teach in such a way that you find yourself hungering and thirsting for God.

Author-  Tullian Tchividjian    (Scripture references attached by Sybil Brodie)

 

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