WHY GOD STILL USES PREACHING
I once had someone tell me that preaching was no longer necessary in a church service. They reasoned that in the days of the early church there were no copies of the New Testament yet. Therefore, they needed preachers to inform them of what the New Testament taught. Added to this, most in the first few centuries A.D. were illiterate, and therefore preaching was essential then as well. Obviously today, neither of these circumstances are still the case, therefore, they reasoned, preaching is no longer needed.
Preaching might be distinguished from Christian teaching in a few ways. Teaching imparts knowledge, understanding, and brings clarity to how God expects us to live. It is essentially the exposition of God’s Word so that hearers are familiarised with Scripture, understand its context, and clearly see how to apply the Sacred Text. Preaching on the other hand quickly moves to the last of these teaching goals. It inspires its hearers and motivates them to obey the Gospel.
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
First Corinthians 1:21
Reading through the New Testament Epistles gives us a picture of God’s intention for the church gathering (“assembly”) to: worship in song, celebrate the Lord’s Table, exercise spiritual gifts, pray together, and receive the preaching of God’s Word. The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians that some evil people had hindered them from preaching to the Gentiles and the result was that these Gentiles would not be saved (1Thess. 2:16). He told Timothy not to neglect the preaching of God’s Word (2Tim. 4:2).
Therefore, if you are called to be a preacher, you have a high-calling from God. Charles Haddon Spurgeon famously told his students, “If God has called you to be a preacher, never stoop to be a king!” It is my hope that the articles and resources on this site will help you to grow as a preacher and perhaps enable you to pick up some things you can use to enhance your preaching ministry.
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