Is Christ being preached here?

This is the question we need to ask ourselves as we hear preachers, ministers and the like speaking to people.

Maybe we hear them on the T.V. or the Radio. We might even get to hear a street preacher on the corner. Or it may be on Sunday morning when we hear the minister in our church. Wherever it may be, we need to ask the question, “Is Christ being preached here?”

If you give them enough time (listening) you should be able to know if Christ is in the message or not. We may not agree with everything they are saying, and maybe how they are saying it, but is Christ in it?

The Apostle Paul had some good words to say about this subject.

“Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:”
“The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:”
“But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.”
“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” (Phil.1:15-18)

I like this translation :
“Of course some of them preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome, but others from genuine good will.”
“These do so from love, because they know that God has given me the work of defending the gospel.”
“The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely, but from a spirit of selfish ambition; they think that they will make more trouble for me while I am in prison.”
“It does not matter! I am happy about it – just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives.”
“And I will continue to be happy,”

Did you get that, “It does not matter! (exclamation mark) I am happy about it – just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives.”

Just as long as Christ is preached, that is the key. So wherever you go and hear some preaching, listen real good and see if you can pick up on Christ. Is he there?

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15 Responses to “Is Christ being preached here?”

  1. carlton figg Says:

    Jesus did not tell his disciples to preach about himself. He told them to go out and spread the Word, and to tell the tribes of Israel that the Kingdom of God was at hand. “Spread the word” is the operative part of Christ’s instructions to His disciples. Today’s clergy may be preaching about Christ — but are they spreading the Word ? They may believe so. But the fact is that they cannot “spread” the word if all they want to do is preach in churches and chapels to people who, in any case, already have the Word ! The clergy needs to pull up its socks. They need to go out into the streets and fields, like the early disciples did, and take the Word to people who still do not have it. If they fail to see the light, “the Kingdom of God will be taken from them and given to a more deserving people” !

  2. Beau Says:

    “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 1:14

    Anyone who preaches the true gospel preaches the Word and Christ.

  3. Glenn Says:

    We need to live Christ, not so much preach Him. I have always heard this said; never quite got it. Then it dawned on me that the early disciples were called christians by the world, how? why? because they imitated Christ, we are the T-shirts for Jesus!!!! That is where real change takes place, don’t you think?

  4. James Says:

    If you are flying on an airplane, which wing do you want attached to the craft — the right or the left? You need both. We need to live Christ and preach Him. It’s both/and.

  5. Brother Johnny Says:

    “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

    In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was made flesh

    “I seeked to know nothing else among you but Christ and Him crucifed”

    The world needs Christ, and yes, they need Him in Word AND Deed!!!

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Carlton,
    A hearty “Amen”.
    Thanks for stopping by, and may God bless and be with you.

  7. rjperalta Says:

    Beau,
    That’s right! May the true Gospel go forth.
    Grace to you, and thanks for stopping by.

  8. rjperalta Says:

    Glenn,
    I agree. It must be lived first. The post was regarding “preachers”. Those who are called to preach His word must be preaching Christ. Preachers preach, that is what they do.
    Be reminded that we must also confess Christ with our mouth, after we are living Christ out.
    Thanks for stopping by, and may the blessings of The Father be upon you.

  9. rjperalta Says:

    James,
    Amen! It does truly take both!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    May you be blessed as you go.

  10. rjperalta Says:

    Amen Brother Johnny!
    Preach it! Let it sound forth!
    Thanks.

  11. Glenn Says:

    Thanks for the blessing RJ, I need to emphasise that we as preachers are the ones who should live Christ more. We Have become lazy and we need to model Christ, Paul writes and says “Imitate me as I imitate Christ”.

  12. Glenn Says:

    James,

    Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. Francis of Assisi, said these words, and I need to echoe them. We have become great theologians and really bad Christians. Yes we need to preach, but i have seen many more true salvations because of modelling and walking Christ.

    Bless you

  13. rjperalta Says:

    Glenn,
    Amen we all need to model Christ more, I will agree. I am hearing you minimize “preaching”. I hear what you are saying, but it does take both. The Bible is full of both examples.
    God bless as you go and live and share Him.

  14. brotherjohnny Says:

    Amen.
    Faith comes by hearing…
    How can they hear without a preacher…?

    While on the other hand we cannot say ‘Be warm’ without also giving them a coat or blanket!

    It seems as if the Lords people are always swinging from side to side as if on a pendulum.

    FAITH (which comes with speaking/hearing) on one side and WORKS, which is a matter of doing, on the other.
    In the meantime we get stuck in the middle in a place of only THINKING/CONTEMPLATING.

    What, then, is the order?

    They are all one!
    We should never think that we can put any one of those ‘element’ down in pursuit of the other.
    Furthermore, the way we think about and go about all of these things will also change as we go on in the Lord.

    However, it begins with faith. Faith leads us to contemplation/prayer/fellowshipping with the Lord, which causes a sincere love for others in our hearts…provoking good works.

    All in all it is Christ!
    May we all learn what it means to WALK in Christ!

  15. rjperalta Says:

    Amen Brother!
    True, “All in all it is Christ!”

    Be blessed this day.

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