It's easy to trot off the tongue that we believe in a doctrine called "the priesthood of all believers".
It's harder to explain what we mean by that, and what we don't mean.
It's harder still to articulate the cash-value: What impact does this doctrine make to the lives of Christians and churches on a daily basis? … Read more about The Priesthood of all Believers
What's going on when someone preaches?
How does God's word preached relate to God's word written?
How does the sermon relate to the other parts of a church service?
How does preaching relate to / differ from the other contexts and events in which we hear God's word?
How do the words of the preacher relate to the words of God?
Where does the Spirit fit into preaching?
Jesus warns the 12, as he sends them out in Matthew 10, that if they speak to others of him they will be opposed. The warning is given in the context of their mission during Jesus' earthly ministry, but many of the details in there make fuller sense in the period after his ascension. Jesus taught them with the deliberate intention of preparing them for more than just that one mission, and Matthew recorded those words with the Great Commission at the end of his gospel in mind. … Read more about 3 thoughts on opposition