on preaching the word


2Timothy 4:1-2 – In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.


Seems to me that when I read these verses, we miss the part about Jesus as judge the living an the dead.  I tells me that we who are preachers and or teachers must and should have some element of fear in preaching the Word of God – how could we preach anything less?  Seems to me that we should beware of preaching anything other than the Word of God, that is the Bible. 

I have trouble seeing where topics and sermon series on how to be a good dad or mom, son or daughter, or how to be this and that fits into the preaching of the Word.  Now, before y’all get bent out of shape, I think these topics can be discussed but only in conjuction with the Word, meaning when and or if it occurs in Scripture.   I would be concerned that going off and having fun and entertaining sermons with a few Scripture verses sprinkled throughout shows a lack of understanding (and perhaps an undermining) of the authority of Scripture, and the power of the Word of God.

What say you?


3 responses to “on preaching the word

  1. I’m with you on this matter. There a plenty of true and helpful things to learn about, say, being a good parent. But Christian preaching should be invested in appealing to authority. My conviction is that all Biblical authority is truth, but not everything that is out there that is truth has authority. In other words, there should be a big difference between what a pastor does on Sunday morning and what Dr. Phil does on his show. They may both be dispensing truth, but pastors are called not just to dispense truth but the authority of the Biblical text.

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