Nov 16, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

The Preached Word and Reformation 傳講的道與宗教改革

提摩太后書 4:1-4,保羅將父上帝與主耶穌帶入他對屬靈兒子的囑咐中,如同聖父、聖子親自對提摩太的命令,講明將來提摩太也要在上帝的審判之前一同交賬。雅 3:1我的弟兄們,不要多人作師傅,因為曉得我們要受更重的判斷。





希伯來書 1:7, “論到使者,又說:上帝以風為使者,以火焰為僕役…”



教會看輕講台,上帝就看輕教會,因為上帝在歷史中以講台–上帝話語的傳講 來復興祂的教會。



Steven J. Lawson
Wittenberg 1517 – Jakarta 2017
11月15日 20:00

Nov 13, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

“Reformed is…”

“Reformed is a global invitation for the whole Church to return to the whole Bible with a whole heart.”

— Stephen Tong

Oct 29, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

What is expository preaching?

Steven Lawson:

Well, when we say expository preaching Fred… and just to be very succinct we’re really talking about biblical preaching…the word expository if you take the Oxford English dictionary and look it up it really means a commentary or setting forth of principal themes from a text. And then the word preaching really goes beyond the exposition and really takes the truth of the biblical passage that has been read and explained and properly interpreted and then shows the relevance of that passage to modern-day life and drives it home to the heart with fervor and passion as well as pastoral comfort and encouragement.

So those two words—expository is the adjective and preaching is the noun—expository describes a kind of preaching that is unusually text driven. It starts with the text of Scripture, stays with the text of Scripture, supports it with other texts of Scripture, gives the proper interpretation of this text of Scripture, gives the authorial intent, shows how it fits in the overall message of the Scripture and then shows the relevance of this passage. What it requires of us, how it speaks to the Lord Jesus Christ and then the preaching part, there has to be an element of preaching that I think goes beyond teaching.

A young man once came to Martin Lloyd-Jones and said “what’s the difference between teaching and preaching?” And Lloyd Jones said with that dry humor, “Young man if you have to ask me the difference between teaching and preaching it’s obvious you have never heard preaching because if you’d ever heard preaching you would know the difference between teaching and preaching.” He went on to say:

A lecture which is teaching oriented can be given any time, today, next week, next month, next semester, but with preaching there’s a sense of urgency about the message. It must be delivered now and it must be received now. And it both builds up and it tears down, both comforts and afflicts, it challenges, it consoles, it confronts, it points the way with urgency.

So just to give you a short answer—obviously you and I both could go a couple of days on the answer but it’s not expository teaching; the word teaching is implied in the word expository. It’s expository preaching.

The Puritans used to say there needs to be a fire in the pulpit and the fire gives off light and heat. There’s the light of the exposition and there’s the heat of the preaching. That’s really what expository preaching is there’s both light and heat.

The light of instruction and interpretation and even application, but with the heat of preaching that motivates and inspires and challenges and summons and confronts and corrects and encourages and consoles—all of those elements are part of preaching.