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The purpose of this group is to encourage senior pastors and ministers to incorporate the disciplines of biblical and systematic theology in their sermon preparation and delivery.

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Latest Activity: Nov 8, 2012

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Is confession that the Bible is the Word of God enough?

Started by Rev. Andre L. Pickens. Last reply by Mark Edwards May 9, 2012. 3 Replies

Is faith in the Bible as the Word of God enough? Or should a person be able to articulate that faith in their own language, and have it tested by the rigorous canons of historical grammatical…Continue

Systematic Theology

Started by Mark Edwards. Last reply by Dave Hostetler May 9, 2012. 9 Replies

Teaching Elders (Pastors): I believe that we all would agree that there is a need for more understanding of systematic theology in our Churches.  Lets assume for a minute your elders/deacons/council…Continue

The Comprehensiveness of the Gospel

Started by Rev. Andre L. Pickens. Last reply by Mark Edwards Mar 29, 2012. 3 Replies

The Apostle Paul gives a summary of the gospel with these words,  "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which…Continue

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Comment by Josef I. Chaplar on May 28, 2012 at 3:22am

As a missionary pastor evangelist I came to realized more and more the importance systematic theology.In churches I found members and even they pastors with knowledge gained from reading much and from many souses yet with out gaining security in faith.

Th problem as I found in my own life is the problem of building.

I can research and know about all the materials for building a house if no one teaches me the skill of building,no one can fill secure in among piles of materials or gain anything but frustration.David most have viewed the materials and plans for the temple satisfied for having them and frustrating longing to see the Lord and His people in the building.

Preaching and teaching should be about forming the living stones according to the Masters plans and helping them to find there place in His temple the church.The disciple collects the materials and the Master build HIS church.

Systematic Theology a most for a preacher-teacher and a souse of security and peace for the HIS people.BUILD THE HOUSE AND BEOUTYFYIT

systemically for the glory of the FATHER.

          

Comment by Rev. Andre L. Pickens on March 29, 2012 at 11:10am

@ Danny, I would like to know the purpose of your quoting 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 and its relevance to the discussion?

Comment by Rev. Andre L. Pickens on March 29, 2012 at 9:24am

"Brethren, if you are not theologians you are in
your pastorates just nothing at all. You may be fine rhetoricians, and be
rich in polished sentences; but without knowledge of the gospel, and
aptness to teach it, you are but a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal." - C. H. Spurgeon

Comment by Rev. Andre L. Pickens on March 28, 2012 at 8:27am

Robert your comment speaks so deeply to my heart. I long for the passion to preach the gospel as Spurgeon and the Puritans did. Although we do not seek to communicate the Word of God in the manner of another century,  nevertheless I desire their passion and anointing for the truth as it is in Jesus. These are discouraging days indeed for Biblical preachers, "But God"! We often hear the phrase "life then doctrine", but that seems to turn things upside down. The gospel is a message that gives eternal life to those who believe it. I feel all alone in the ministry, but the words of the Apostle seems to come to mind,  "But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion." 2 Timothy 4:17 (NKJV)

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Comment by Robert M. Sprung on March 27, 2012 at 9:57am

Without proper theology, we cannot know God  beyond the superficial.  Preachers are expected and, to me, required to be men of breadth and depth in their theology.  I refer not to the scanning of a tome that slowly brings a narcolepsy condition to the reader, but the assimilation and distillation of doctrine as put forth by the divines who traveled before us (or presently teach).   Expository preaching will include doctrine that is necessary for the edification and maturity of the church.  How can we prepare sermons and not ponder the depth of truth which inevitably declares sovereignty, hard sayings of Christ, or controversial modern (or ancient) errors?  We as communicators in the capacity of pastor/scholar must sift through the  technical language and make the complex relevant.  Jesus used parables as pedagogue -- the audience understood His objects (e.g., sower and seed).  He also confounded the elitist religious leaders with rabbinical questions to turn the discussion towards truth rather than tradition!!  We are charged with such a grave responsibility and challenges for truth brings its detractors.  There will  always be a Diotrephes or two who must not be allowed to dissuade us from the mission of preaching the whole counsel of God.  

Ever theologian and scholar are susceptible on various points and the pastor must  be able to challenge or, at least, find representative arguments on matters of core beliefs.  Quoting Owen or Hodge is not the definitive answer.  It is the guide to aid in our work as expositors seeking the balm to heal our sheep, understanding when to use the crook and staff, and when to gently reassure the flock that the still waters are safe (Psalm 23). 

I come with a sense of fear and trembling as I enter the pulpit for my words are to convey the message the audience needs.  Moreover, I will give an account of ever moment I spend delivering the message.  Pray, pray, pray before you continue to plug away.  Peace

 

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