12.1.6.3.2 The objective of the proclamation of the word

The "preaching of Jesus Christ" calls listeners to obedience of faith (Romans 16: 25, 26). The sermon's primary goal is to awaken and preserve the faith which Jesus expects to find at His return. The Apostolic proclamation of the word is always geared toward preparing the congregation for the coming of Jesus (2 Corinthians 11: 2).

Belief in the imminent return of the Lord has an effect on the believer's conduct in daily life. According to Galatians 5: 22-23, the activity of the Holy Spirit is to produce the "fruits" of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The proclaimed word imparts comfort and confidence, promotes knowledge, and strengthens trust in God.

Through the word of God, listeners are presented, as it were, with a mirror in which they can recognise themselves and become aware of what is necessary in order to grow into the nature of Christ (James 1: 22-24). This also entails accepting in faith the reconciliation with God effected by Christ, and summoning up the willingness to reconcile with all people as a result.

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