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7757 preaching, effects of

7757 preaching, effects of

Faithful preaching leads to, through the grace of God, the repentance of sinners, the birth of faith and the nourishment of believers. It can also evoke hostility from unbelievers.

The basis of effective preaching

It depends upon the grace of God Ac 4:33 See also Isa 55:10-11; Ac 14:26-27; 1Co 15:10-11

It depends upon the power of the cross, not human wisdom 1Co 1:17-25 See also 1Co 2:1-5

It depends upon the power of the Holy Spirit Lk 4:18-19 See also Isa 61:1-2; Ac 2:1-11; Ac 10:44-48; 1Co 2:4-5

It requires effective, supporting prayer Col 4:3-4 See also Ac 4:29-31; Ac 6:2-4; Ac 13:1-5; 2Th 3:1

It needs to be received with faith Heb 4:2 See also 1Th 2:13

Preaching and the repentance of sinners

Mt 12:41 pp Lk 11:32 See also Jnh 3:1-10; Mt 3:1-6 pp Mk 1:3-5 pp Lk 3:3-6

Preaching and the birth of faith

Ac 4:4 See also Ac 2:38-41; Ac 8:9-13; Ac 17:11-12; 1Co 15:1-2

Preaching and the nourishment of believers

Ac 14:21-22 See also Ro 16:25-27; Eph 4:11-16; Col 2:6-7

Effective preaching and its authentication by miracles

Mk 16:20 See also Mt 4:23-25; Lk 9:1-6 pp Mt 10:5-14 pp Mk 6:7-11; Ac 4:29-30; Ac 8:5-8; Ac 14:1-3

Inappropriate responses to preaching

Amazement Mt 7:28-29 See also Lk 4:31-32 pp Mk 1:21-22; Ac 2:5-12; Ac 4:13-14

Offence Mk 6:1-6 pp Mt 13:54-58 See also 1Co 1:22-23

Mere academic interest Ac 17:16-32 Paul in Athens and before the Areopagus; Ac 24:22-26 Paul before Felix and Drusilla

Mockery Ac 17:32 See also 2Ch 36:15-16; Ac 2:13

Hostility Ac 17:13 See also Ac 4:1-3; Ac 5:27-40; Ac 7:54-60; Ac 13:49-51; Ac 17:5-9

See also

2369Christ, responses to
3212Holy Spirit & mission
3293Holy Spirit, witness of
5454power, God’s saving
7020church, the

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