“The biggest mistake people make is that we think that sermons will produce spiritual maturity.”
This is very very sad. You can probably produce change in people apart from the preaching of the word, but it may not be the change that God wants to see...thats the only way i can read 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:6
Now the Lord[a] is the Spirit, and where(A) the Spirit of the Lord is, there is(B) freedom. And we all, with unveiled face,(C) beholding(D) the glory of the Lord,[b](E) are being transformed into the same image(F) from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Therefore, having(G) this ministry(H) by the mercy of God,[c] we do not lose heart. But we have renounced(I) disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or(J) to tamper with God’s word, but(K) by the open statement of the truth(L) we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even(M) if our gospel is veiled,(N) it is veiled only to(O) those who are perishing. In their case(P) the god of this world(Q) has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing(R) the light of(S) the gospel of the glory of Christ,(T) who is the image of God. For what(U) we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with(V) ourselves as your servants[d] for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said,(W) "Let light shine out of darkness,"(X) has shone in our hearts to give(Y) the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
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