“A Clear Word for Truth”Categories: Minister's Corner
“Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played? For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.” — 1 Corinthians 14:7-8
The men who wrote the word of God were concise, clear, and effective in sharing, teaching, and preaching the word of God. As a result, people were taught faith, grew in faith, and obeying the faith.
Today, we must be just as clear, concise, and consistent when proclaiming the truth and for the same reason! The Lord is depending on us to preach the truth in love so that others will come to know, understand, and obey the truth!
If we decide to be, unclear, confusing, and vague in our teaching and preaching God’s Word, then we have missed the heart of what Paul wrote to the Corinthian church.
This certainly doesn’t conflict with what Peter said about some of Paul’s writings (2 Peter 3:14-16). Peter says that few of Paul’s teachings were difficult to understand. Which is certainly true. I do believe that even though they were difficult to understand they were nonetheless understandable. A little more digging and studying would certainly reveal the truth that God intended and therefore be understood. The meat and potatoes of the Word take a little longer to prepare, serve, and eat. While it might take a little longer to get to eat and digest it is certainly worth it.
However, don’t miss the fact that Peter says there are the rest of the Scriptures. Scriptures that are easy to understand.
Paul was referring to (in 1 Corinthians 14:7-8) to teaching a clear and concise message. Preaching should always be understood and simple in order to produce obedient faith!
As we move forward and grow in Fulshear we are determined that our message will be easy to understand so that we aren’t only speaking into the air.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” — Romans 10:17