Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Preaching: the Ordinary Means of Grace

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on April 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

Herman Hoeksema: “Through the preaching it pleases God through Christ, the exalted Lord, the chief prophet of God, who alone gathers his church, to speak to his people unto salvation. This is evident from Romans 10:14, which, according to the original, asks, ‘How shall they believe in him whom they have not heard?’ Through the preaching, therefore, you do not hear about Christ, but you hear him. The difference is easily understood. When you hear about or of someone, he is not present. You do not hear his own voice, but the voice of someone else who tells you something about him. But when you hear someone, you hear his own voice. He is present with you. He is addressing you personally. This is the sense of Romans 10:14, which teaches that you cannot believe in Christ unless you have heard him speak to you, unless you have heard his word addressed to you. This is exactly the meaning of the words, ‘How shall they believe in him whom they have not heard?'” (Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 2, p. 289). .

Pastor Tom Lyon delivered an excellent message titled “Preaching: the Ordinary Means of Grace” at the 2011  ARBCA General Assembly.  Listen here

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