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Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)
TITLE: Questioning the Pulpit
By jan post
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Where did the pulpit come from?
When Jesus, our greatest teacher, was on earth, did he use a pulpit? His listeners were spread at his feet, or crowding and pressing in and around him. His ministry was “hands on”. How often does the Bible say: and he put, he touched, he laid, he placed his hands on them? Jesus was always in among the crowds that gathered; He was amid the throngs that came to hear him teach.
Were they silent listeners? No. They asked questions when they did not understand, they answered when they were asked, they shouted praise when he did miracles, and they rejoiced when they were amazed. There was constant interaction between Jesus and his listeners, even when they were the commonest of people.
Can we not teach each other on a level playing field? Should we not be able to meet each other eye to eye, and in arms reach? Is it not true that some days we are the teacher, and on other days we are the pupil? For this to be true then, do we not have to be standing on the same thresh hold, so that we can move about freely as the Holy Spirit moves us?
Is that where the “church” went wrong? By putting a gulf between a teacher and his pupil, by elevating one above the other, by restricting our movements? We are all God’s pupils and He uses each one of us to love, encourage, and teach one another. Let’s take out the platform then, and come together as brothers and sisters in Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to move freely among us and use us as He would!
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