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    Preach to Transform

    In order to glorify God, preaching aims at complete redemption and renewal. The goal is to make the hearer better able to engage reality (God, self, others, world, culture, etc.) from a Biblical perspective. Every facet of every life is fair game—if a person thinks, feels, speaks or acts at all, then those ways of participating in God's world ought to be made to serve God's glory. Sometimes the transformation is dramatic, as when a person is convicted and converted. Sometimes the change is externally imperceptible, as when a person is reassured once again of God's love. Always it should be so that the person loves God with his whole heart, soul, mind and strength better than he did when he first sat in the pew.

    Posted by Eric Costa on April 12, 2008 01:45 AM


    I think you are missing the whole point of preaching. I recently read a blog series on preaching that was great. Here is the link for them. I think the author did a great job of bringing out the main point of preaching.


    The link you provide says nothing about "the whole point of preaching," but rather about the content of preaching (which I will address with later posts). The link you provide actually says you're not supposed to preach with a purpose (like making converts), with which I entirely disagree. There are several purposes for preaching, a large one being that God uses it to bring about change in the lives of the hearers.

    By the way, Gordon, by looking briefly at the website you linked to one senses the attitude of angry hyper-calvinism. Be warned.

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