The Sunday Feast
Thursday, February 03, 2011 Comments (0)
I am a fan of Alistair Begg. To be honest, I was first intrigued by his Scottish accent. Then as I listened to him more, I developed a deep appreciation for his faithful exposition of the Word.
The podcast I listened to today was from his series in Titus. It was from the message “Danger: Keep Out!” I was reminded of the importance of biblical preaching and teaching from the pulpit. Begg maintains that discipleship can happen from the pulpit and I agree. The Christian’s weekly Sunday feast comes from the pulpit on Sunday. Of course, this should be followed up with personal study throughout the week. This is why it is important, I believe, to take notes on the sermons you hear. Much of what we learn and much of our growth comes from reflecting and praying on what we have heard. As we reflect on the sermon, we must ask God, “What do you want me to believe or to do in response to this sermon?”
I do believe discipleship also takes place one-on-one (i.e., a mature believer teaching a younger believer). Sometimes this is better but it should not take the place of the Sunday feast or weekly teaching from your pastor. Teaching and Preaching are his primary responsibilities according to Scripture (Acts 6:4). So show up on Sundays ready to worship, listen and apply what you hear. What good is a tasty meal if no one eats it?
Soli Deo Gloria!
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