I Wonder About Stanley’s Scripture Selection

“While I’m a firm believer that all Scripture is equally inspired, observation tells me that all Scripture is not equally applicable. Consequently, preaching for life change requires that we emphasize some texts over others (Communicating for a Change, page 96).”

I’m a firm believer that every sermon ought to motivate listeners to significant life change, but I don’t know if we need to whittle down the Bible to accomplish that. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 doesn’t just say that God breathed all scripture; it goes on to affirm that all scripture is “useful” to equip the listener “for every good work.”

I’ll never forget listening to Ken Needham motivate a crowd of college students to lives of compassion by preaching through the “begats” of Matthew 1. I guess I preach more often from Ephesians 4 than I do Matthew 1:1-17, but I look forward to transforming lives through Matthew 1 from time to time as well.

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One Response to I Wonder About Stanley’s Scripture Selection

  1. Hernan Diaz says:

    I need to work more on using the Old Testament for my sermons. I tend to use more the New Testament but I lately heard a Hispanic pastor preaching several sermons on the Old Testament and it left me thinking about that. I think that maybe it is because the New testament is easier to use as it talks about more about Jesus and the new life that we must live now. The old testament are stories about how God was experienced by people and how He intervened in their lives when they looked at Him. I need to work on that.

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