Summary: God commands us to preach when it’s convenient and when it’s not, to reprove, rebuke, encourage with great patience and instruction. (2 Tim. 4:2) B. Preaching follows the models of Christ, Paul, and the Prophets. We are told to imitate the faith of thos
WHY IS PREACHING SO IMPORTANT?
A. God commands us to preach when it’s convenient and when it’s not, to reprove, rebuke, encourage with great patience and instruction. (2 Tim. 4:2)
B. Preaching follows the models of Christ, Paul, and the Prophets. We are told to imitate the faith of those who have gone before. (Heb. 13:7)
C. Preaching has great power, potential, and capacity to bring about change in individuals, institutions, and societies. (Mt. 28:19,20)
D. Preaching is one of the most effective ways of winning people to faith in Jesus Christ. (Mk. 16:15)
E. Historically, preaching has become the principle means of leading, teaching, and feeding the flock of God. (Jn. 21:15-17)
F. Despite all the competition, preaching continues to remain the most popular form of expositing the word of God throughout the world. (Rom. 1:16)
G. Preaching offers tremendous variety in presenting the truth of God from the scriptures (Expository, topical, biographical, thematic, textual, devotional, evangelistic, children’s sermons, weddings, etc)
H. Preaching is fit for all types of occasions; funerals, baptism, weddings, launchings, graduations, tithing conferences, revivals, church planting conferences, Sunday morning services, prayer meetings, naming ceremonies, child dedications, film shows, conventions, board meetings, building dedications.
I. Preaching offers great authority which people recognize through the credibility of the word of God.
J. Some preaching can also be used to forward personal interests over the interest of the scriptures. It is for this reason that we must be careful how we use the pulpit lest God be displeased.
K. Poor preaching has a way of detracting from the essential messages of scripture.
L. Incomplete preaching has a way of communicating only partial truths that are out of balance with the full counsel of God.
M. False preaching can dangerously lead people into heretical doctrines.
N. Counterfeit preachers can lead people down paths of destruction.
O. Social preachers can inadvertently fool people into thinking that they are doing the full will of God.
P. Poorly prepared preachers will be accountable to God for their failure to feed, teach, and mature their flock.
R. Incompetent preachers will come under stricter judgment from God for their distorted teaching. (Jm. 3:1)
S. Preaching has universal appeal in its ability to communicate truth simply, clearly, and convincingly.
T. Preaching can reach the highly educated as well as the uneducated.
U. Preaching can cut across all tribal, social, political, age, sexual (Male-Female), cultural, physical, and language lines if done properly, contextually, and effectively.
V. God continues to speak through preachers today in powerful, timely, and relevant ways. Who are we to refuse to listen to God’s message?
W. Preaching can touch many different people in many different ways. The Holy Spirit can take the message of scriptures and use it to convict individuals in personal ways.
X. Biblical preaching can never grow old since the scriptures are living and active with the ability to discern the thoughts of each person’s heart.