Consider the example of effective preaching and teaching by the Apostle Paul. The year was 53 A.D. The occasion was the second missionary journey of Paul
Acts 17:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.
The Apostle Paul and Silas entered the city of Thessalonica. They went into the Jewish synagogue and Paul preached the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Christ from the dead. He also taught that Jesus was the Christ. Paul’s teaching was “from the Scriptures,” which were the Old Testament verses that told of the coming Messiah. The New Testament canon had not yet been put together. The result was that many Jews and Gentiles accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Gentiles were allowed to go into the synagogue to hear Paul’s preaching
A corresponding scripture relates to the success of Philip the evangelist that is written in Acts 8:26-40. Philip came upon an unbelieving Ethiopian, and “preached unto him Jesus” (8:35), using the Old Testament scriptures. The result was that the Ethiopian made a confession of faith in Christ; “I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God” (vs 37). Immediately Philip and the Ethiopian “went down into the water,” where Philip baptized him the Ethiopian (vs 38). The key to Philip’s success is that “he preached unto him, Jesus.” The Ethiopian had been reading from Isaiah 53:7-8, but needed greater understanding of those scriptures. Philip was able to make those scriptures come alive for the Ethiopian, and helped him to understand that Jesus was the Messiah.
Acts 17:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
Paul and Silas traveled from Thessalonica to Berea, where Paul also preached to the unbelieving Jews in the synagogue. The Jews searched “the scriptures” (the Old Testament) and found that Paul’s preaching and teaching were factual. As a result, many Jews and Gentiles came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The key is that Paul preached the message of Christ from the scriptures (Old Testament).
Consider the instruction of the Apostle Paul to leaders of the church. The time is 60-64 A.D. The words of Paul were written during his time in Jail in Rome. Consider his instruction to leaders of the church of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
In the above inspired of scripture, we can see that the purpose of pastors is, “to equip the saints.” What is the purpose of “the saints” being equipped? It is so they will also be able to equip other saints for the work of ministry.
Let’s remember the words of Jesus, shortly before His ascension into heaven.
Matthew 28:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,even to the end of the age.” Amen.
We are commissioned by our Lord Jesus to, “go, teach, baptize, and teach,” so that unbelievers may be led to a saving relationship in Christ, and that they will also be able to equip others to do the same thing. The focal point of all teaching in the local congregation is the pastor. That teaching should be directed to believers, to equip them for the work of ministry. The pastor should also be aware that unbelievers may be present during any meetings of the church. Unbelievers should be given clear teaching on expectant and hope of salvation in Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Believers should be taught that, and why, they are secure in Christ. They should also have a good understanding of the events of the end times.
The following subjects are key for any believer in Christ to know, and to be able to discuss with others. Our congregation is involved in a study of all of the following areas of scripture. Visitors are always welcome to learn with us.
Biblical Covenants And Eschatology.
Prophecies Of The Present Age.
Prophecies Of The Tribulation Period.
Prophecies Of The Second Advent.
Prophecies Of The Millennium.
Prophecies Of The Eternal State.
Key topics that fall within the above subjects are:
The Rapture Of The Church.
The Judgment Seat Of Christ.
The Marriage Of The Lamb.
The Anti-Christ And The False Prophet.
The Judgments Of The Tribulation (Seal, Trumpet, Bowl).
The Battle Of Armageddon.
The Second Coming Of Christ, With His Raptured Saints From Heaven.
The Resurrection Of The Old Testament And Tribulation Saints.
The Marriage Supper.
The Binding Of Satan For 1,000 Years.
The 1,000 Year Rule And Reign Of Christ, With The Saints.
The Loosing Of Satan.
The Battle Of Gog And Magog.
The Resurrection Of The Unrighteous.
The Great White Throne Judgment.
The New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem.
“I Am Coming Quickly; Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
It is incumbent upon pastors to teach their congregations in a manner that produces fruit of scriptural knowledge. It is also incumbent upon congregations to ensure that they receive such teaching. Sermons that are mainly, “themes,” also need “detailed things” of scripture included in them. Time is of the essence; it needs to be used wisely.
If any local people are interested in obtaining a good foundation of God’s Holy Word, they are always welcome to join us. We meet on Saturdays at noon. Such a meeting time allows members of other congregations to visit with us and still be able to be present at their own places of worship.
Please consider the following video. It is produced by credible biblical scholars, whose names are familiar to many believers.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
The Rapture, Tribulation, and the Battle Of Armageddon