If the church is to grow, we must have preaching from the pew.  The members in the pew do not want the preacher to preach false doctrine from the pulpit.   The preacher in the pulpit does not want the people in the pew to destroy the power of the sermon by selfishness.   There must be power in the pew as well as in the pulpit.   Christians must re-enforce the truth as the early Christians did in Acts 4:32. “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”

In this verse we nave a picture of the church from the INSIDE. They were of one heart and one soul — UNITY.  Private ownership has not been abolished (Acts 5:4).   These were willing to help each other as needed (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32).  Thus, no SELFISHNESS.   They practiced the prayer that Jesus prayed in John 17:21, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”   EXAMPLE!

Preaching from the pew is as important as preaching from the pulpit.  Both must function if the church is to grow and make an impact on society.

Bill Graddy


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