What Is Preaching?

by admin ~ September 19th, 2015. Filed under: Brandenburg.

What is preaching? In 1 Corinthians 1:21, the Apostle Paul wrote, “[I]t pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” The Greek word translated “preaching” speaks of the substance of the message. God uses the substance of what is said. Preaching isn’t a style. What is that substance though? It’s what Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word.” This goes along with at least three other truths. One, the noun “preacher” translates a Greek word that means “herald.” A herald represented a king and just declared exactly the king’s message, not mixing his own message at all. Two, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 say that the spiritual weaponry must be spiritual, not carnal, and the weaponry that pulls down false imaginations is obviously the Word of God (cf. Heb 4:12). Three, Peter teaches that verbal giftedness is seen or heard only in the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11-12) — if it is of the Spirit, it must be the Word of God. This mirrors Ephesians 6:17—“the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.” Someone isn’t preaching, who isn’t preaching the Word of God. Sometimes men preach about the Bible or just use the Bible and do not preach the Bible. Some men use a style that parallels with the ecstasy of Corinth that fakes a spiritual experience. Men feel something and think it is the Holy Spirit, but it has been a manipulation of the flesh.

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