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Of First Importance (part 2)

Eight words that help us preach the gospel correctly.

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This is part two of a three-part series. In part one, the author explained two of the eight key words that help us preach the gospel correctly, based on 1 Corinthians 15. He resumes here with the third descriptive word.

D. A. Carson: The gospel is biblical. "Christ died according to the Scriptures" (vv. 3–4).

It's important that our hearers see that we preach the gospel from the Bible. An expository sermon demonstrably explains what the Bible says. Demonstrably—that's the crucial word. So at the end of the day people say, In truth that is what the Bible says. If someone wants to disagree with what I've said, they have to disagree with my understanding of the Bible, which they have every right to challenge me on, but the authority finally is the Bible and not me.

There is something wonderfully freeing about being a biblical expositor. The preacher of the gospel stands under the authority of God's Word, and everybody sees that the preacher stands under the authority of that Word.

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