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?