by Steve Wagers

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The Greatest Commentary on the Bible is the Bible (3 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 5: 17-19

1. The Bible is Explained-Learn It
A) He Created the Law
B) He Completed the Law
2. The Bible is Eternal-Love It
A) The Power that Guards It
B) The Promise that Guarantees It
3. The Bible is Essential-Live It
A) A Demotion to Avoid
B) A Promotion to Attain

I like lively worship. Dead services make me nervous. I have often been asked why I am so dead against dead worship, and the answer is simple: Jesus never hung around dead things. When Jesus showed up, dead things came to life.

I believe singers ought to sing by "Letter"-'rare back and let-ter fly." I believe preachers ought to preach by "Letter" (as we would say in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky)--"lean a'gin the collar and let-ter rip." I cut my teeth on the kind of preaching where if a preacher's shirt was dry, his tie straight, his socks not soaking wet, and he still had half a voice, then he hadn't preached.

Adrian Rogers said, "We need God-called men who will take the Book of God and preach the Son of God with the anointing of the Spirit of God. We need men with warm hearts, wet eyes, clear heads, and tongues set on fire."

I think of Peter Cartwright, a circuit riding Methodist preacher of the 19th century. He was to preach to a large congregation, and right before the service, he was informed that President Andrew Jackson would be in attendance. They told Peter Cartwright, "We thought you would want to know so that what you say won't be offensive to the President." Peter Cartwright said, "Thank you for telling me."

He got into the pulpit and said, "I've been told that President Andrew Jackson is in the congregation, and I've been asked to carefully guard what I am going to say. I want to begin by saying that Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn't repent of his sin." You could have heard a pin drop. But, immedia ...

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