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The Listener's Agenda (Part 2)

What regard should those committed to the exposition of scripture have for the felt needs of their hearers?

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PreachingToday.com: We looked at an example from Jesus; let's focus now on Paul. In Corinthians, Paul the apostle says, "Now, about the things you wrote about." So, he's dealing with questions that they have presented to him. They've said, Paul, what do we do about this? And here he writes a book of the Bible responding to the listener's agenda. Again, how does that relate to our task as preachers?

Bryan Chapell: In, Paul says, "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season. Correct, rebuke, and encourage." Those are all the straightforward, Just preach it, man. Just do it . But then he goes on to say, but do this "with great patience and careful instruction." There's the wonderful human touch. He says you have to do it with great patience. Be aware of the persons to whom you're talking. Some of them must take the truth out of eyedroppers, and some of them need to take it from fire hydrants. With great patience ...

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