Preaching is always grace driven

Recently I have been making use of John Sittema’s Meeting Jesus at the Feast: Israel’s Festivals and the Gospel in our Sunday afternoon Bible studies.  The following quote is from his chapter on the Feast of Trumpets:

“Biblically defined, preaching is always grace driven, for it declares the person and work of Jesus the Messiah as Savior. It is also royal, for it proclaims that Jesus the Lord wants your life and calls you to follow him. Preaching is clothed with ambassadorial authority, for the preacher represents the King. Sometimes it is a royal irritation, for it moves unapologetically from the indicative to the imperative, sticking the nose of God’s Word into your life. Preaching doesn’t merely try to talk you into accepting helpful information as if you were buying term life insurance. Instead, it insists that you must answer the King in faith, repenting where sinful, changing where disobedient, following where called. Good preaching just stands there-–like the King’s messenger it is–-fully expecting an answer. Preaching, biblically understood, always provokes a crisis in the life of the one who hears it.”

John R. Sittema, Meeting Jesus at the Feast: Israel’s Festivals and the Gospel, p. 100.  © 2010, John Sittema,  Pub. by The Reformed Fellowship, Inc.

I heartily recommend the book.  It is available for purchase at

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I serve as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Newberg, Oregon.
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