Bible Preaching and Unity

I responded to an email asking about Bible preaching and why the preacher was lacking success, and worse, feeling unfulfilled. Here’s what I wrote:

Small Things

Our approach to changing things has been to start small. Jesus didn’t begin a political movement to change the cultural momentum in Israel. He didn’t even try to get the Romans thrown out. He simply gathered twelve disciples around him–and a few women–and kept them with him as he preached.

He made a big impact in his country, but he didn’t change the country much by himself. His apostles, on the other hand, changed the whole world.

We would include Jesus’ 30 years as a quiet citizen of Nazareth as part of his ministry. We like to say that Jesus spent 30 years preparing to minister for 3.

The Scriptures say, “Don’t despise the day of small things.”

The Power of the Church

There is a power to the church–the gathered people of God–that will never be found in an individual ministry. Protestants have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. They escaped Rome, but they lost an understanding of the Church and the promises tied to it.

To us, it begins with two. The supply, according to Ephesians 4:16 and Colossians 2:19, comes from the joints and ligaments. In other words, it comes from the joining of the saints. It’s nourishment.

That’s why so many ministers, like yourself, feel unfulfilled. You’re not being properly nourished because you can’t get properly joined, and nourishment comes from the joining.

Keep your eyes open for whom you can join with; whose heart you can be tied to in the same way that the Father and Son’s hearts are joined. Feed each other, and thus give people something they can come into. Bible preaching is good, but in the apostolic churches there was something for those who heard the preaching to come into. “The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

Remember what happened with Paul? He was knocked off his horse on the way to Damascus. There he was, on the road, communing with Jesus. Jesus was speaking to him personally, and Paul could see him.

Nonetheless, Jesus wanted him to be joined to something. He didn’t save Paul there on the road. He sent him to Damascus to be healed of his blindness and to have his sins washed away by Ananias (Acts 22:16).

Maybe that’s why Paul understood and emphasized the church so strongly.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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4 Responses to Bible Preaching and Unity

  1. James says:

    Love you man…keep on blogging…James

  2. Shammah says:

    8-O. I think I’ve been saying Paul fell off a horse for 25 years, and I had to have read Acts at least 20 times, probably more. In all that time, no one has ever pointed out to me that Paul wasn’t on a horse, nor have I noticed as I read Acts.

    While that’s not a real important issue, it’s a great illustration of why we need each other.

    On the internet we can catch issues like that, in real life, there are a thousand places we’re subtly blind and fooling ourselves. “Exhort one another daily while it is called today, lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

  3. James says:

    “The Power of The Church” This is a great blog that touches my heart…. Even though I don’t think the Bible records that Paul was on a horse, God sure got his attention….Keep on blogging…

  4. Nate Morales says:

    A little while ago I asked about asking questions. Then I hit a wall. I didn’t know how to express the question in my heart. This posting was the question and the answer! Not exactly what I was looking to hear but it sits well in my heart.

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