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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 17:41:16 -0600
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Straight to the Cross

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GUEST COLUMN

Jesus and His Preaching
by Clarence DeLoach, Jr.

When Jesus began His ministry, He "came
preaching." We should study carefully his
preaching as our role model.

Jesus' preaching was not just a presentation of
propositional truth. His content was truth that
man needed to know to be free (John 8:32). But
follow him closely and you will see that his
message was people-oriented. It was not just a
string of theological propositions.

He preached wherever people were, including: (1)
the temple court (Matthew 21:23); (2) synagogues
(Matthew 4:23); (3) and through all the towns and
villages (Matthew 11:1). He preached in Galilee
and Judea and in Gentile territory. But wherever
he preached, his messages were shaped to the needs
and situations of his hearers.

He went where the people were. A meal in a home
provided an opportunity to share great insights
into life. Some audiences were composed of
multitudes, but most of his teaching was where two
or three were gathered. He walked on busy roads
and down village paths. He went to those that
society wanted to forget. He never went to a place
to advertise a meeting and send invitations. He
went to people, and the common folk heard him
gladly. He went to the work place and called
people right off the job. Peter and Andrew were
fishing, and Matthew was gathering taxes.

Jesus identified with people. Since Jesus was a
carpenter from a small town, the ordinary people
found it easy to identify with him. He knew and
understood the hurts they experienced. He moved
among them with a keen eye and a listening ear. He
heard their pain, fear, and desires. He heard the
plea of mothers, fathers, and friends. He disputed
with religious leaders, talked to women, and even
ate with sinners.

Jesus was a people person. He demonstrated respect
and compassion for humanity. He never sought to
manipulate or exploit any person. Jesus took risks
that endeared him to some, marked him as foolish
to others, and made him appear as a courageous
teacher to yet others.

So, his preaching was not just propositional. It
was also relational. Let's emulate his example and
be committed to truth, and also be people-
oriented.

Thanks to The Voice of Truth International, Vol 6,
page 89.

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