SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:1-14
When I was writing my newsletter this week and talking about how our new audiovisual system will allow me to move around more as I preach, I realized that I was wearing a hole in the one piece of carpet where I have been standing for the past two years. Then, I got to thinking that maybe that wasn’t so bad. One of the sermons that my grandfather preached that my grandmother liked so much was about a minister who wore the same shoes to preach each Sunday. He kept them under the pulpit because they fit so nicely into the spots on the worn carpet at the pulpit where he had been preaching for many years. At Tabernacle Baptist Church, there was a square of rug that was a little different from the rest. It had been replaced as it had been worn out!
There was a story about a traveler who was attempting to find a minister in an old country church. He asked a man where the minister lived. The man replied, “Oh, the signpost. He lives in that large what house on the corner.” The traveler’s curiosity was aroused. He asked, “Why do you call the minister the Signpost?” The man replied, ” Like a signpost, he points the way but always stays in the same place himself, preaching the same message.”
In church, we receive our message from the person behind the pulpit. It is at the pulpit that we read the word of God. On the pulpit sits the Bible which is the word of God. God is the spiritual leader of our church. Some churches don’t have Bibles in the pews. These churches think that the Pastor or the spiritual leaders are the authorities. God is our authority.
The pulpit is dedicated to the presentation of the Word of God. In Acts 20:21 we hear about the whole counsel of God. “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Corinthians 1:17, we hear about the preaching of the Gospel. “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” We hear about the preaching of the truth in 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.” The pulpit must be empowered by the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5: “because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.”
With such an understanding of the pulpit as God’s throne, it is important to know that it is the center of truth. Jesus Christ was always interested in sharing the truth. He stood before the people and talked about God. When people said that they had never seen God, he replied. “He that has seen me, has seen the father.” When people asked Jesus if he had the grace of God, Jesus replied, “My father is greater than I.” When people asked, what is the kingdom of God like? He replied, it is like a grain of mustard.” In Matthew 13:31:33, He told this parable. “The kingdom if God is like a mustard seed which the man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
We have been planted here. From this pulpit comes the word of God which allows us to grow spiritually, become better people, and spread his word to others so that they can become better people too.