Col.1:28,29 – Christ is our message! We preach to awaken hearts and bring every person into the full understanding of truth. It has become my inspiration and passion in ministry to labor with a tireless intensity, with his power flowing through me, to present to every believer the revelation of being his perfect one in Jesus Christ.
I often talk about how I was changed by a Holy Spirit visitation in the 1990’s. One of the things that changed for me was my preaching. I felt it was my duty as a pastor to be an expert on virtually all topics. I would preach on finances, marriage, child raising, healing, church growth and even dabbled a little in the political world. My subject changed drastically shortly after my 1994 encounter with the Holy Spirit. Rather than preaching topics my message became Christ. Christ as Savior, as Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Provider, Deliverer, Healer, and soon coming King. The Lord said that He had called me to be an artist. He said to paint pictures of Jesus with my words. Here is how Wolfgang Musculus responded to the preachers and priests do his day, his answer was to preach Christ.
“Do they not also proclaim Christ? They proclaim Christ, we confess, but what kind? The only begotten of God, true God, of one substance with the Father, and true man, as he is according to the Gospel stories? I confess that truly in this they fall short because they do not proclaim Christ as our only righteousness and only mediator, but in the matter of justification and our salvation they add in intercessions, different merits, offerings of oil and roses and our good works.”
As we magnify Christ with our words while we are preaching or testifying, the Holy Spirit always comes. I often think of how Peter’s message was the message of Christ. In Acts 10 when he was preaching to a gathering of gentiles at a Roman officer’s home the Holy Spirit actually interrupted Peter’s preaching. Sometimes interrupted preaching is a good thing. What kind of message does God Himself interrupt? Part of what Peter preached was this “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Peter started rehearsing what he had seen and heard Jesus do and the room was suddenly filled with the glory of His presence. Let Christ be your message, anything else tends to bring us back into a works mentality or worse.