Does your preaching reflect a bold, dynamic God or a thin, flat deity?
Speaking at the recent Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Matt Chandler told 10,000 attendees that a healthy awe of God fuels a believer's endurance through personal trials and public opposition. Chandler is pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, and president of the Acts 29 Network
“Thin, flat pictures of God will not sustain with the courageous force of a big, deep, beautiful, borderline-frightening, glorious God,” Chandler said. “If you preach Him flat, if you preach Him small, if you preach Him worried … your people will not be bold.”
Preaching from Romans 11:33-36, Chandler said Christians can have absolute confidence in God's wisdom and provision. “Christian courage, inflamed and informed by the glory of God, will be the undoing of every empire but the Kingdom of God,” Chandler said. “Brothers, be fearless to preach the fullness of the character of God.”
Chandler prompts a valuable question for each of us as we preach: what is the picture of God presented in each message? Do we present a God in whom we can rest confidently in the midst of life’s storms?