With all the busyness of the Christmas season, the thought of rest seems far off. But, rest with contemplation of the birth of Christ and of the goods and trials of the past year have many benefits. We often forget that rest is very biblical and is God’s means of repair in our lives in a very hectic and trying world. Here are four important considerations for rest as ...Keep Reading
Are You Ready to Move On From The Preaching Of The Word?
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim.4:2)
There are some things that have been around quite a while but it may be new to you. I have done very little or no blogging, articles yes and some have appeared on certain sites, but I guess not a true blog (whatever that means). And no I haven’t tweeted anyone yet, maybe that will be next on my techno agenda. So, I will try to give this a shot each month and see if perhaps it is something I can do or get better at.
Certainly it is the same with preaching the word, godly men have been preaching the word since Old Testament times and yet there are those that are just embarking on that pursuit and trying to figure out how to do it. Obviously there is nothing new about the ministry of preaching the word of God, but for many people they look at it as something they want very little of in their lives and some may say I need something more exciting.
When I was a young Bible student our teachers would speak to us of the importance of preaching the word and we used to talk of the “primacy of preaching the word” which meant that it would be our number one priority when we would pastor a church. We hear very little of that anymore, we hear of churches that more likely will advertise their entertainment, their facilities, their music and hosts of other things that they hope will attract an audience (sound like a boring guy that’s no fun, right)? If we are people of the Bible we should look carefully at three things that should make us stand and take notice in 2 Timothy 4:1-5
- Paul charged Timothy with a command that has to do with more than Timothy but for churches and all biblical preachers to take seriously; “I charge youtherefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.” Could it be that preacher and church will give an account for this?
- Since our most important audience is the Lord, the preacher needs to be faithful to fulfill his ministry to be obedient to that which God wants him to do.
- Oh, and don’t expect everyone to like the preaching of the word because it just may be out of season and people may have an appetite for other things than the truth. It is quickly becoming a lost discipline to listen to a sermon, maybe we just need more practice.