“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“The Great Commission” 1:1-4
The commissioned servant of the Lord ministers from a very advantageous position, he is proclaiming from a concrete platform (v2). This faith, this knowledge spoken of has its backdrop in eternity. You see this man is a man who has himself a sure and certain future, he knows where he is going, he has an anchor for his soul (Hebrews 6:19), or happen he should not be preaching at all. His citizenship is not in this world, it is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Ah! but you say that is arrogance! No it is not. It is confidence grounded in God, that is what I mean about a concrete platform. His confidence is in the God who cannot and does not lie, who pledged himself way back, before all his creative activity began. God’s promises are rooted in his eternal counsel. The gospel which this servant preaches is no emergency plan, God sat down and worked it all out from the beginning. With this sureness in God, the minister, you and I, find a concrete platform for their ministry and for our lives. When we remain on this platform, steadfast, immovable, we demonstrate stability to the world. You see and meet people day by day who have tried, who have hoped in all sorts of ideas and philosophies of men. People whose hopes have been dashed again and again. They go to these modern-day philosophers, who are one day saying one thing, and then the wind changes direction and so do they, it is the world. Some dare not hope in anything else again. But when the proclaimer, the Christian stands on this God-given platform, O they may not listen the first or second time, but eventually they come to see we are always saying the same thing. For our answer, our message to them is always the same, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
The business of this sent one is communication! Of God’s word that is. To proclaim, to herald the message. Preaching. The herald shouts out publicly so that all hear the message he has been sent with. Microphones and address systems have been the bane of preaching, for years now, because men rely upon them to do that which they have been called to do themselves. It has led to men speaking rather than preaching, yes, there is a difference. We speak today of ordering speakers. Well we do not want speakers, we want preachers, heralds, proclaimers, who will fill their God-given lungs and ‘preach’ the word of God. How did Jesus cause himself to be heard to over five thousand people? How did George Whitfield and John Wesley cause themselves to be heard to over ten thousand people? By lifting up their voices and ‘preaching’ the gospel. George Whitfield said;
“I love those that thunder out the Word! The Christian world is in a deep sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can waken them out of it”!
Let’s get back to preaching.
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)