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I want to remind you that preaching is not a spectator sport. It is not a matter of sitting and watching. It's not a form of spiritual entertainment. Preaching is really a form of engagement, it's a conversation. And I've always believed that you get from it what you bring to it. And one of the things that expository preaching does is engage you beyond the preacher with the Scripture. And that's the intention, that you bring your Bible, and even if you sit back in the corners far away from me where I can't really command your attention, the Word of God can command your attention because it's right there before your eyes in your hands. And that's very, very important because you're engaging when you come here not with me, I'm merely a tool, I'm really a light, a reflected light to point you toward the true light which is the Word of God.

Your benefit from preaching is going to be in direct proportion to your engagement thoughtfully in the text. Sometimes that's a little easier if you're closer to the front, but as long as you have the Word of God in your hand, you need to engage your heart and your mind with the text. And I'm saying that here because the text with which you are about to engage is one of the most important sections in all the 66 books of the Bible. In fact, one could argue that this might be one of the three or four most important scriptures in the Bible, and that's not simply because it is in fact the words of our Lord, although that is essential in itself. Every part of Scripture is the Word of the Lord even though it doesn't come directly from the lips of Jesus, but rather it is important because of the nature of the content here, having to do with the issue of regeneration or new birth, which is the first great miracle that takes place in the salvation of a sinner....

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