Why Preaching?

More and more are calling for less preaching, and if preaching at all, just a few minutes. Things like dramas are replacing much of our preaching in many of our churches.

So why preaching?

God’s people have always viewed preaching as something to be done when the church gathers.  Preaching is proclaiming with authority and passion the truth of God’s Word.  In preaching, the authority of God’s Word is upheld and God’s people are collectively led and taught according to the Scriptures.  The willingness of Christians to sit under preaching is an act of worship, as they humbly submitting to Scripture and the pastor, who is preaching on behalf of the elder team.  Preaching is among the most essential ministries of a church because the authoritative preaching of Scripture informs and leads God’s people in the rest of the church’s ministries.  (Driscoll & Breshears, Doctrine, p. 324, bold added)

A person only has to walk down the corridors of church history to see that God honors the centrality of preaching.

It seems like the Preached-Word is what brings the latter rain, you know, the outpouring of the Spirit in revival among God’s people.

So why preaching?

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6 Responses to Why Preaching?

  1. Indeed for ‘Protestant’ Anglicanism, preaching has always been part of ‘Word & Sacrament’, and itself somewhat sacramental. And in biblical preaching we will find in the electing God a tower to which to run and be safe!

  2. Iris says:

    Preaching and teaching processes have the ability in the Holy Spirit to instill in the hearts of those who hear, a love for what God says – not just the point and not just the practical aspect, but an actual respect/love for what is written. Other methods of presentation are limited in ability to instill. Other methods are profitable, but not for the same purposes. We can use all – but must not avoid preaching.

  3. T.C. R says:

    Iris,

    I like this balance approach. Yes, “Other methods are profitable, but not for the same purposes. We can use all – but must not avoid preaching.”

  4. Colin says:

    Yes I agree that Iris has offered us a wise and balanced view. I cannot see preaching as an optional item. Jesus himself regarded it as central to his ministry (Mark 1) and the Apostles carried that on as Acts shows us. Arguably we see the same practice through the OT, at least in a way relevant to the context. The Biblical imperative looks to be there to me. And I do not deny the place of drama, interactive work etc .

  5. T.C. R says:

    Colin,

    Yes, good overview of the place of the proclamation of the Word. Church is replete with the same as well – even a cursory look at the first 4yrs of the church reveals, and not even talking the Reformation here, where it was central. 😉

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