Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 3

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Read Part 2 Here

Part 3 today concerns Anointed Preaching. The best of example of what I’m talking about is found in Peter’s inaugural address on the Day of Pentecost, found in Acts 2:14-42(NLT):

14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days,’ God says,
    ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
    Your young men will see visions,
    and your old men will dream dreams.
18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit
    even on my servants—men and women alike—
    and they will prophesy.
19 And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below—
    blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
20 The sun will become dark,
    and the moon will turn blood red
    before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
    will be saved.’

22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. 24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. 25 King David said this about him:

‘I see that the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
26 No wonder my heart is glad,
    and my tongue shouts his praises!
    My body rests in hope.
27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
    or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
28 You have shown me the way of life,
    and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’

29 “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us. 30 But he was a prophet, and he knew God had promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne. 31 David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave.

32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.34 For David himself never ascended into heaven, yet he said,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
35 until I humble your enemies,
    making them a footstool under your feet.”’

36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

Anointed Preaching has to do with, the right person at the right time with the right message.

First of all, “the anointing,” a phrase often used but most often misunderstood, refers to God rubbing or smearing the Oil of the Holy Spirit with your spirit to infuse you with the power you need to accomplish His purpose. That’s the difference between anointed preaching, and someone hooping and hollering and sweating on their own. When the Anointing is there, it is literally God’s own ability coming through your human spirit. That’s why it’s immediately evident that it’s divine in origin, and not coming from the efforts of man.

Secondly, Peter was the right person to deliver that message. He too was a Jew, Peter preaching on the Day of Pentecoststeeped in their traditions, beliefs, and customs. He was also clearly with Jesus during his time on earth. For Peter to be one of their own, and yet showing the Hebrews of his day, that the scriptures were actually and indeed pointing to the man Jesus Christ that they had crucified, was beyond powerful. Because whenever God establishes something, he calls specific people to minister in that established thing, and those people will always be the most effective, because they are God’s choice.

Finally, the message was one that allowed the Spirit of God to move among the listeners and bring them to conviction. That is what the Spirit wants to do when the Word is preached; move upon the hearts of men and women, and bring them to conviction and the acknowledgement of a clear need for the Lord Jesus Christ; that can only happen when the rightly divided Word of Truth is being preached, by people that God has sent to preach it. Peter’s words pierced their hearts, because they were the right words.

And so in establishing any church, the third pillar of its effectiveness will rest upon whether or not God has indeed called the people in leadership to do what they are doing. If He has, then the anointing will be present, God’s own ability infused into their spirits. They also need to preach exactly what God has commanded them to preach. Because that combination is the only way a message can be delivered that will pierce the hearts of the listeners, and allow the Holy Spirit to bring them to conviction.


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