The more we examine Paul’s method of preaching, the more we see a servant who saw God’s “Big Picture”. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit has confirmed over and over to us at NFI that we must keep God’s “Big Picture” before us and those we speak to. Western Bible School and Seminary training has long adopted a ‘dissecting and specializing’ type of education rather than drawing connections with all of Scripture. Paul did this at Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:13-41). He drew from “the Law and the Prophets” which were known by his audience and taught God’s truth as it related to the present work of God through His Son, Jesus Christ among first century Jews.
This contrast between Paul and our day is not so much a criticism as it is a plea for all in ministry that seek help from the Holy Spirit to be more effective in our mission by presenting the gospel and truth in the frame-work of God’s “Big Picture”. No one element of truth is ever a disconnection from all the rest. God’s truth is ONE! The more we see this the more we will realize there are no contradictions in Scripture, no matter what its critics may say. The more we give others God’s “Big Picture”, the more they will see His eternal plan for themselves and the church.
See also Luke 24:27, “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
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