Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Expository Preaching

I wish I had another  fifty years or more to continue studying and preaching God’s Word. But now at 78, I know my time on earth is limited.   I first learned the joy and value of preaching book by book, chapter by chapter and verse by verse through the Bible back in 1963. Through the years it has grown increasingly more exciting as in my search for God’s truth I have unearthed truths for which I was not even seeking.  It’s been amazing how God has led me to deal with pertinent truths just when they were needed. 

Most of the articles in HIDDEN TREASURE  have come from my expository preaching. Expository preaching is not simply parroting a Bible commentary. It is more than simply explaining the meaning of verses.  Of course, it includes that; but an expository message comes as a preacher prayerfully seeks first the meaning of the verses to be covered. The passage being studied must be seen in its context and in its relationship to the whole Bible.  Most importantly, the preacher must study the passage until he sees the message God has for his church in that passage.  There must be a practical application of the passage to his own life first  and then to his congregation.  By the time he is  ready to face his congregation he ought to be so filled with the message God has given him that he is thrilled and anxious to deliver it.

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Preaching | Comments Off on Expository Preaching

#2 The Gospel of God

The word Gospel means good news.  The Gospel of God is the good news from God.   The natural man, a sinner in the sight of God, cannot appreciate the good news until he has heard and comprehended the bad news. 

Until one understands the Gospel of God,  he has a perverted idea of Christianity.  He thinks that only good people go to Heaven and that bad people go to Hell.  He spends his life wondering whether he is  good enough to deserve Heaven.  That’s why people are so religious.  All the religions of the world are man’s efforts to seek favor with God and they all lead to futility and hopelessness.

As you proceed through our study of Romans, read the first three chapters of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and you will become well aware of the bad news, the worst news you could possibly imagine. By the time you’ve finished that third chapter, you should be feeling utterly helpless, hopeless and in despair. All false sense of self-righteousness with its pride will be gone.  

Only then will you be ready for the Gospel, the good news of Romans chapter 4 & 5.   Go ahead and read those first five chapters in Romans right now.  You don’t have to wait until we’ve written and you have read the future messages covering those chapters on this web site.



Though we won’t get into the details of this good news until we come to Romans chapters 4 and 5, Romans 1:3 introduces us to the  Gospel of God which concerns the good news of Jesus Christ, that news prophesied by nearly all of the Old Testament prophets.  Read Isaiah 53 for a good example. It won’t take you very long to recognize that the promised Saviour spoken of in that prophecy concerns Jesus Christ.  The Acts 8 account of the conversion of an Ethiopian eunuch confirms that Isaiah was speaking about Jesus, our suffering Saviour,  in Isaiah 53.   

Christ was that Seed promised to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15 after their fall into sin.   This is that promised Seed to Abraham  in what is known as The Abrahamic Covenant,  in Genesis 12:1-3.  This is that Seed promised to David in what is known as The Davidic Covenant, found in II Samuel 7:12-17.

Romans 1:4 teaches us that the final and ultimate proof that Jesus is the promised Saviour in found in the truth of  Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead after His crucifixion. That fact proves that Jesus is God in the flesh, for only God Himself could rise from the dead and give that resurrection power to us who belong to Him by faith in Him.

The Gospel of Christ is what Paul delves into in detail in his Epistle to the Romans.  Paul tells us in the first chapter of  his Epistle to the Galatians that he received this Gospel directly from the risen Christ Himself.  My prayer is that this Gospel of Christ will excite you the way it excites me.


May 12, 2011 Posted by | Romans | Comments Off on #2 The Gospel of God