Daily Devotions: Matt 4

“From then on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near’.” Matthew 4:17

Check out what Matthew Henry’s Commentary has to say on this verse: “This he preached first upon; he began with this. Ministers must not be ambitious of broaching new opinions, framing new schemes, or coining new expressions, but must content themselves with plain, practical things, with the word that is nigh us, even in our mouth, and in our heart. We need not go up to heaven, nor down to the deep, for matter or language in our preaching…This is preached often upon; wherever he went, this was his subject, and neither he nor his followers ever reckoned it worn threadbare, as those would have done, that have itching ears, and are fond of novelty and variety more than that which is truly edifying. Note, That which has been preached and heard before, may yet very profitably be preached and heard again; but then it should be preached and heard better, and with new affections; what Paul had said before, he said again, weeping, Phil. iii. 1, 18.”

In our endeavors to be creative, relevant, and fresh, we can never forget the most basic fundamental message of Christ: “repent and turn to God”, “for it is an unspeakable privilege that room is left for repentance.”, as Matthew Henry’s so eloquently puts it.


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4 thoughts on “Daily Devotions: Matt 4

  1. eric

    Love it… Mark 1:15 – His first message… “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.”

    His last message… Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

    Do you think we should preach anything else?

  2. eric

    Does preaching the gospel have to be relegated to the oral tradition, or can it be done in other ways?

    Many of you have heard about the band “Ten Shekel Shirt”. Their album “Much” was released in 2001 with the #1 radio hit “Ocean” (still heard on Air1 today). Many of you have heard me do the song “Unashamed Love” from that album as well. It quickly became a favorite @ Life Church in the early years.

    Well, I just learned that the lead singer took a break from music in 2002. He started an orgainzation that deals with the abolition of child slavery, worldwide. Now he’s back in the music scene and releasing not one, but two new albums in the fall. One to the secular industry and one to the Christian…

    What do you think about them apples??? Is he preaching the gospel in 3 different arenas or… is he just really confused with what to do with his life???? 😉

    Check him out at…

    http://www.myspace.com/lamonthiebert

  3. alex mclean

    hmmm… I think people are called into different areas of “ministering” the gospel, but the gospel never changes; that is the message. The fundamental building block of Christianity is “repent and turn to God”. I think sometimes people get excited about this cause or that cause – all good and worthwhile investments (such as abolition of slavery). But sometimes (and I stress, sometimes) these issues can rise above the basic message of the gospel. I’ve met people who demand that their pet issue be addressed by the local church and completely sideline the true gospel – which is calling people out of sin and into a relationship with the true and living God.

  4. jamesmclean

    Right on Alex! It is all about redemption. It is all about God winning back that which was lost in the fall. Restoring our relationship back through Christ!
    “If because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”- Romans 5:17
    You can say it however you want, as long as this is at the core, I’m all for it!

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