Recently the discussion of preaching has been in my ears and before my eyes. Sadly, like most pastors and church goers, preaching has taken a back seat to “felt needs”, humanism and pragmatic comedy and proverbial enlightenment. Creativity has taken the place of awe of the Creator and application has replaced worship.
Much needs to be said, however, much has already been said for thousands of years on this topic. Sadly, the debate will continue and many will dismiss the reality of the present state of the church as “where we are” and try to fix it by continuing down the path of a reducing the Word of God to a plan apart from a Person who is Jesus Christ our KING!
In this, for those who desire to truly know, Spurgeon has a few thoughts on preaching. Historically, he has been entitled as the “Prince of Preachers” so it would do us well to hear what he has said. It would also do everyone well to visit 2 Timothy 4
[4:1] I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.  For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.  As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
(2 Timothy 4:1-5 ESV)
In light of this, the command PREACH THE WORD is enforced by the amazing reality that God in His awesome power and purpose in Christ has come and His Kingdom is established through through His glory therefore, Jesus will judge all creation and one can be certain He will judge preachers according to James 3:1. Thus, preaching is required of pastors, it is required of those who are called by God, not to deliver man’s creative exploits as derived from the scriptures, but with complete patience one must reprove, rebuke and exhort through teaching of the Apostle’s writing as it was intended to be read and understood. Many will not approve of such things in the name of “church growth” but Paul addresses that as well, that the time has come where people will not endure the truth.
Look at what Spurgeon had to say in line with this: Continue reading “Preaching is God’s Natural Means to a Supernatural End”