Posted by: Terry | February 7, 2016

The message we preach, or should

 Reading The book of Acts this weekend It was striking how Peter, and Paul preached basically the same message in each of their sermons. These were the first to proclaim the message of the Messiah after his death, it would make sense that if anyone knew what was the essence of Jesus’ message they would have it. They were proclaiming the Good News, the Gospel, it would also make sense that their message should be our message today.
Paul said it succinctly, “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.” Both Peter and Paul expanded most every message with the basic outline of:

  •  Jesus was the promised Messiah
  •  He was killed,
  • He rose from the dead
  • If you repent and believe that you will be forgiven 

People flocked to that message, sometimes thousands in one day. Paul said he preached nothing but Christ and Christ crucified. Peter did the same and their message “turned the world upside down.”

That was the message of Moody, it was the message of Billy Graham. They prove that it is still relevant today. Yet much of what we read and hear these days is so different. Preachers attempt to make Jesus desirable for life, yet with little explanation regarding why.

Could it be that the message of Peter and Paul was the most relevant message the world needs to hear? Then and now? This is the message that changes lives, and changes our world.

People long for hope, they know something is wrong with the world, and the outlook does not look bright. The real good news is that God, the creator, sent his Son to begin the process of restoration by dying, God proved his death had meaning by bringing him back to life, death was conquered. Now there is a deep longing in each of us because we know we fall short, we know the world is in a mess; that deep longing can be satisfied when we accept that the one who created it all has made it all right.

I donate regularly to Langham Partnership, founded by John Stott, Ravi Zacharias, and Allistir Begg because they all proclaim the same message that Peter and Paul proclaimed.

As a Bible teacher the one desire I have is to proclaim in its various forms the message that Jesus was the Promised one, he died and rose again, and believing that brings forgiveness of sins and entrance into the kingdom of God. The legacy of Peter and Paul must continue. If we preach prosperity, self help, or feeling good we are off topic. 

If this graying teacher has any advice for the upcoming preachers it is to stick to the message, because the true Good News actually brings all of the benefits we desire.



  1. This is so true. Many churches and Christians are not teaching the true words from the bible.

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