Not To Be Taken Lightly

It's easy, when it comes to preaching God's word, to fall into the temptation to preach only that which you know your hearers will appreciate, enjoy, and not easily be offended at. But we can't do this. To preach God's word is a matter which must be taken very seriously. I know too often that I have not.

James, the brother of Jesus tells us, "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness" (James 3:1). 

This morning, in reading C.H. Spurgeon's Lectures To My Students, I was again reminded of the importance that we know, understand, and truly believe the truth that is found in the whole of scripture. 

There is something definite in the bible. It is not quite a lump of wax to be shaped at our will, or a roll of cloth to be cut according to the prevailing fashion...We have to deal with God, whose servants we are, and He will not be honored by our delivering falsehoods; neither will He give us a reward, and say, "Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast mangled the gospel as judiciously as any man that ever lived before thee." (Lectures, pg. 221).

Spurgeon summarizes it well for us. Rightly handling the Word of truth and life is no game. 

The Heart Of Epaphras

I'd be willing to bet that his name goes mostly unnoticed. It's only mentioned twice in Paul's letter to the Colossians, but this man, Epaphras, plays a very significant role in the church at Colossae.  

For starters, Ephaphras is the guy who first brought the good news message to Colassae. Paul tells us that Ephaphras is the faithful witness who first preached Jesus to these people (Colossians 1:7). But it's not this detail that most intrigues me about Epaphras...

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