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Spelling Out Preaching #5



Several years ago, I preached a series of sermons called ‘considerate Christianity’, mainly because I had observed some ‘inconsiderate Christianity’ in my own life and world.

Lack of consideration is revealed in ill-advised opinions, careless comments, and thoughtless behaviour.

No wonder the Bible tells us to take time to consider God’s word (Psalm 119:15), His works (Psalm 143:5), and His ways (Psalm 119:15). But, above all, it tells us to consider His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

For instance, the Book of Hebrews tells us to, “…Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart…” (Hebrews 12:3). Such consideration would restore our souls.

But I want to highlight another reference in Hebrews. It says, “…Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest…” (Hebrews 3:1).

In his book, ‘Consider Him’, Oswald Sanders says the word used in this verse, “…carries the idea of the prolonged, concentrated gaze of an astronomer…”

Surely, this must be the heart of our devotion, and our sermon preparation.

Are our sermons ill-considered?

Have we ever been called inconsiderate?

Do we take enough time to consider Christ?


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