One of the hardest questions that Christians face is the apparent change that occurs in God's commands between the Old Testament and the New Testament. According to the New Testament, it is clear that Christians are not bound to the Old Testament Law, but why does this change occur? Did God's definition of righteousness simply change, or is this change even an indication of error in the Scripture? What is the Christian's relationship to the Law? Ryan explains in this exposition of Matthew 5:17-20.
From Jeff to the listener: After a week off for prayer and meditation, I came back home understanding at least one thing: in order for my ministry to remain effective, my calling must remain biblical. On December 12th, 1994 I received the call from God to preach the Gospel. I've never second guessed that call. Yet the call does not reside in the past, it is alive today. I wasn't called...I AM called.
Many forces seek to influence what a pastor does. Some of these forces are unseen elements of this age. Other potential influences can come from the demonic realm - from spirits who know that, if they can influence the pastor, they can influence those who follow him. There is also the possible influence of well-intending people. What is the pastor to do? He must not allow any influence to become greater than the ownership of God over his life and ministry.
This message is an impassioned plea from me to the people of Meadow to mutually understand what God expects of me as their pastor. It is not a pretty message nor an easy one to preach or hear. But it is God's charge to me as a Gospel preacher and it contains something that every preacher must remember: behind the call of God is also the trust of God. He entrusts His message to me. I must never fail Him in this privilege.