The Foolishness of Preaching, Part 1

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Romans 10:14-15

1. How are they to call on him in whom they have not believed?

  • Joel 2:32 – And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
  • Ps 18:1-6 – I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. 4 The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; 5 the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
  • Lam 3:55-57 – “I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit; 56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’57 You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’

2. How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?

  • Matt 13:14-15 – Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.15 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

3. How are they to hear without someone preaching?

  • Amos 3:7 – “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
  • Eph 4:11-13 – And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
    12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
    13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
  • Acts 8:4,5 – “Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.”
  • 1 Cor 1:21 – For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

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