Topics not touched by preachers in the pulpit

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  1. tinytim

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    This thread is designed to see what topics should be preached, but are not.

    What I would like you to do is:
    • List one topic per post... (If you know of 3, that would give your post count 3 posts... :wavey: ) include scripture references if possible.
    • Explain why you believe the preacher ignores the topic.
    • Then explain how you would handle the topic if you were a preacher.
     
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    I am not posting three times.

    1. Election
    2. Providence
    3. Predestination
    4. The wrath of God


    I believe preachers ignore the topic because the fear men and love their praise and money more than they fear God and love His praise.

    I would preach all subjects because all the listed subjects above are in the Bible. Preachers should stop their silly self-help sermons and their happy-go-lucky rhetoric and preach expositionally through the Scriptures with the Holy Spirit in love and power. Then no subject would be ignored.

    RB
     
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    I don’t know about your church RB, but I hear messages on these topics on a regular basis. I think what Tiny had in mind was something more specific.

    Something like: Hair style, I Cor 11:1-15 seems to say that women should have long hair. Verse 15 in particular says:



    Now you can look at the entire passage and use it as justification for everything from prohibiting women pastors to prohibiting long hair on men, but this is one passage I have never heard a message on.
     
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    If he meant in our own church, then all the topics I mentioned are preached.
     
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    I simply meant topics in or out of your own church...

    And what was posted are excellent examples...
     
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    Eschatology.

    Don't know why it isn't taught.

    Don't know how it should be taught. The right way? :laugh:
     
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    Here is one I would love to have more explanation on: Judges 19. Read the entire chapter, there is a lot there. The quick version is this concubine leaves her husband and goes home to Daddy. The husband goes and gets her, but in the end they get attacked by a mob and this poor woman gets sexualy abused all night long and then the next morning dies. Her husband then cuts her body up into 12 pieces. Verse 29 says:

    I have never heard a message on this chapter. I have wondered about why God would include this terrible chapter in the Bible and why He allowed these things to happen to this woman.

    The closest I can come up with is that the story, while factual, is also prophetic in nature. The concubine played the whore and left her husband (v. 2). Her husband (picture of God) went down to where she was and sought to restore her. The Father in law kept them there for several days and in the end the Levite lost his concubine. She was cut up into pieces and distributed through the land, like Israel, even though God went to great lengths to restore her was destroyed and the Jews dispersed.

    Anyway, this is one passage I have never heard preached.
     
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    I would like to hear a sermon on two things :

    1) Fasting
    2) Meditation
     
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    We're going through Romans. Yep - we're hearing stuff! LOL
     
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    This is the reason when I pastored that I preached expository sermons most of the time, often book by book. One cannot avoid most issues by doing this. I've preached through Romans several times -- taught through it too. Contrary to popular [Calvinist] opinion, Reformation Arminians don't fear Romans.

    It's fascinating though -- I don't recall ever hearing a Calvinist preacher preach through Hebrews. I'm sure it's been done, and I know many who have picked out certain texts to explain that they don't say what they actually mean -- but no exposition... Hmmm... My sample is too limited though.

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    These are not hard to preach but rather hard to except by many, although it is the meat of the Bible. I hear them preached and gladly except.
     
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    D-I-V-O-R-C-E. It's been over 40 years since I heard a sermon on this topic. Most preachers are afraid of it because it they tell it like it is, they may offend half of their congregation.
     
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    How about spiritual gifts?

    The pentecostals preach on it every sunday (although I disagree with their take on it)

    I NEVER hear a Baptist preacher teach on it.

    AJ
     
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    Psalms

    Been in various churches my entire life and I probably have heard less than a handful of messages about Psalms. Yet it makes up a significant portion of the text of God's word.

    I believe it is both a function of the culture we live in as well as the training that our pastors get. We do not live in a society that reads or enjoys poetry and there is very little emphasis in our pastoral training to interpret or preach from Psalms and other poetic literature found in scripture.

    How would I preach from it? I think it might be helpful to incorporate music with the reading of the psalm so that it is appreciated in a manner similar to its original intent. I like the categorization of Psalms into those of 1) orientation 2) disorientation 3) reorientation. It might also be good to parallel a Psalm with a portions of Samuel and Chronicles that may reflect the emotions and circumstance of the psalmist since we identify easier with narrative. Ultimately, the application would be how our joys, tears, frustrations, hopes, etc can be expressed towards God in a worshipful way.

    In our family devotion time, I have recently committed to reading one Psalm (or a portion of one if it is really long) in addition to our regular reading. So far we are at Psalm 6 so we have a long way to go. Your prayer for our perseverance is appreciated.
     
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    Part of me wants to say because Pentecostals take the Bible literally and believe that the Holy Spirit still moves.

    The other part of me wants to say that a large majority of PC "fake" the movement and exaggerate making a mockery of the Spirit and of the true worship of God.
     
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    I am currently attending (again) a rather large church, thousands attending three seperate services, perhaps the largest church in the county. Not bragging, just stating facts.

    1. Homosexuality
    2. Prophecy
    3. Sins in general

    The reason they (1 and 3) are not touched upon is due to the unpopularity and the possiblity of offending a third if not more of the congregation.

    The reason 2 is not touched upon is because most pastors take the, "I wasn't lead to preach that portion of scripture" and they don't understand it or they find it too confusing.
     
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    Maybe I misunderstand your comment but are you saying you don't believe the Holy Spirit is still active in the world?
     
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    I don't think there is anything that my preacher DOESN'T preach about, including, but not limited to, all of the above topics.

    We get fed!!!!
     
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    I fully believe that the Holy Spirit "moves" as much today as ever, but the pentecostals equate the moving of the Spirit with tongues, faith healing, being drunk in the spirit, dancing in the spirit, slain in the spirit, ect. To them, the Holy spirit is a here to simply create supernatural experiences.

    And yes, I do believe it is fake. Or, it is a spirit other than God causing the experience.

    This is a prime example why more Baptist preachers should teach on it.

    AJ
     
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    I preach expositionally--------book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse-------sooner rather than later I will preach on any subject you can name

    Divorce, sin, drankin', gamblin', sex before marriage, sex outside the realm of husband/wife, lieing and liars, hypocrites and backsliders------you name it---and I have a "steel nerve" and raw backbone to get up and preach it-------God's love, mercy, grace, forgiveness---Jesus, our Advocate, Propitutator and Sanctifier, Redeemer and Lord------you name it--------I'll preach it------have been for 20 years----will do it till I die!!!
     

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