Summary: Five essential elements to New Testament preaching
“THE ESSENTIALS OF NEW TESTAMENT PREACHING”
A Bible college student was asked to fill the pulpit of a congregation located not too far away from the school while their minister was on vacation. He’d not had the chance to preach yet but he worked very hard on a sermon for that Sunday and really thought he had done an admirable job..
When he stepped into the pulpit that morning, he was surprised to see his preaching professor sitting in the congregation. Even though he was a little nervous, he went ahead and delivered what he considered to be a good message.
After the service was over, the proud young man asked his professor to critique his sermon. The professor said, “Young man, I have three things to say about that sermon. Number one: You read your sermon. Number two: You didn’t read it very well. And number three: It wasn’t worth reading.”
The passage we’re going to look at this morning tells us about Peter’s first sermon. He did a lot better than the Bible college student.
As you study the church of the New Testament, you begin to see that preaching had a pre-eminent place. As we studied last week, the church started with dynamic preaching on the day of Pentecost. -God poured out His Spirit so that His Word might be declared
Preaching is indispensable to Christianity. Rom. 10:13-15 – for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who”bring good news!”
2 Tim. 4:2-4 – Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Preaching is essential to God’s purposes because it performs two important functions. Number one, it tells those who are lost in sin how to be saved. It helps those who are stumbling around in darkness and confusion how much God loves them and cares for them and that He wants a relationship with them. And number two, it tells those who are saved how to grow in their relationship with Jesus. It helps those who are already supposed to have a relationship with Him to grow in mercy, grace, and service.
Let’s look at God’s Word from this passage in Acts and see what elements comprise New Testament preaching.
Acts 2:14-41 – Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,