Scripture Reading: Titus 2
Memory Verse: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Introduction: The word “preach” sometimes means: to proclaim, to announce, to tell, to cry out, to command, and to use boldness in freely speaking. As the Scriptures employ the term, however, there is inherent in all of these definitions the understanding that preaching is the declaration of God’s will by God’s messengers. The sermon a preacher delivers might be defined as: a speech given with the unction of God’s Spirit; declaring God’s will.
Paul’s preaching demonstrated something more than his mental agility and oratorical prowess; it proved the power of the Holy Spirit’s ability to take a person and use him to declare “… all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Preaching is to be unctionized or anointed by the Spirit of God, and the force of what is said and how it is said makes it evident that God’s will is being declared. The words of Paul, for instance, were words of power, truth, and life. He was not lecturing in a monotone about a dead philosophy but was expounding about a living Savior. As such an act, preaching is vitally useful in bringing sinners to repentance.
These messages from God were intended for salvation of unbelievers and the edification of believers. As such, they must be understandable. The preacher of the New Testament (Covenant) must preach simply and directly.
No better advice could be found as to what a Preacher should preach than that which is provided in the instructions to Timothy: “Preach the word …”
Besides, “rebuking, reproving, and exhorting,” and in addition to “instruction in righteousness,” preachers are also required to preach “doctrine.” Correct beliefs are the very foundation of Christianity whose Christ is the very truth. It also behooves the preacher of today to warn his hearers of false teachings and concepts. It is important subject materials, as our Lord testified by His example.
- How does God provide for necessary faith and belief for one’s conversion? Romans 10:8-17; 1 Corinthians 1:2l.
- Should eloquence and literary composition be the primary objectives of a preacher? 1 Corinthians 1:17; 2:4-5.
- Was Paul’s success as a preacher due to the utilization of his natural talents and acquired training? 1 Corinthians 2:1-4; 2 Corinthians 10:10.
- Harmonize Question 3 with the requirement of being, “… apt to teach …” and “… having sound speech …” in 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9; 2:1-8.
- To whom does preaching seem foolish and unprofitable? 1 Corinthians 1:18-23. Why? 1 Corinthians 2:14.
- How should Christians regard preachers and preaching? 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:5; 1 Timothy 5:17.
- Should preachers be supported in God’s work on a full-time basis? Acts 6:2-4; 1 Corinthians 9:6-14; 1 Timothy 5:18.
- Can preaching ever be direct? 2 Corinthians 3:12. What examples are given that this is permissible? Luke 4:16-21; Acts 7:51; 13:46-47.
- Are all men who are recognized by society as ministers really God’s appointed ministers? Jeremiah 23:31-32; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.
- Do preachers have an example that they are to “practice what they preach”? 1 Corinthians 9:27.