To Those Who Listen to These Sermons:
Thank you for your interest in listening to these sermons that are based upon the Words of God. It is our desire to help you in your walk with God by providing for you these sermons as preached here at Harvest Baptist Church.
We make no apology concerning the preaching of the truth. The truth is not at all times popular. Jesus was often in the position of raising the ire of those who listened to what He had to say. It was the religionists that opposed Him to the greatest degree. He often
rebuked them, as the apostle Paul also admonishes and exhorts Bible preachers in II Timothy to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” True Bible preaching preaches the truth and exposes error. In Matthew 16:6, for instance, the Bible tells us, “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
While listening to the Bible messages one may find himself thinking or saying, “Hey, he just preached against something my religious denomination teaches," or "something I thought to be true!” The thing to remember is that the Bible, God’s Word, takes precedence over anything that man says or does. Jesus was looked upon by the
religionists as being arrogant, boastful, and wicked. It was His preaching of truth and against the practices of the religious crowd that provoked them to try to stone Him and eventually to crucify Him.
Some might ask, “Would Jesus preach against the practices of certain religious denominations?” Would He? The fact is, He did! A major part of preaching the truth is exposing error. Bible preachers are not told to “tiptoe through the tulips,” but to "reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Listen as He speaks….Matthew 23:15 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”
As a preacher of the Word of God, I must, before God Himself, preach His Words whether they be popular with men or not. If something is preached with which you disagree, so be it. However, let it be known that they were preached with love mingled with zeal and fervency; yes, a love for God, His Words, and for the people who need to hear the truth even when and if they cut across denominational lines, teachings, and practices. I do not claim to know everything, nor do I claim to be infallible, but I do promise, with God’s help, to preach the Words of Him, Who through the apostle Paul, said that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
May God bless you all.
In His Name,