Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Difference Between Preaching Christ and Preaching About Christ

The Rev. Dr. Ken Korby left a great impression on many pastors and laypeople. One impression he left on me was the distinction between preaching Christ and preaching about Christ. He illustrated it in this way:

If you were standing before a judge, having been condemned and convicted of a crime, could you tell the difference between the judge talking about a parole and the judge actually declaring that you are paroled?

The Gospel is not telling people about Jesus. It is, as the apostle Paul declared, preaching Christ -- and Him crucified (1 Cor. 1:23; 2 Cor. 4:5; Phil. 1:15-16; Col. 1:28).

Lutheran pastors don't merely preach about forgiveness, they forgive in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

1 comment:

Fred L said...

Deja vu! Before resigning from a call in St. Paul in 1987, I happened to attend a worship at the University Lutheran Chapel at which Dr. Korby preached. It may have been a Maundy Thursday. The sermon was the New Testament in Christ's Blood. I don't remember any other details, but do remember being greatly edified by God's Word being preached in its truth and purity.