Monday, December 15, 2014

Preaching in the Bible

What should we preach?  Who should preach?  How long and when?

We normally leave "preaching" for a pastor and think that he should "preach" a sermon.  But is that a Biblical idea?  Awhile ago I did a word study of preaching (passages below).  Here's what I learned:

It was a word that Luke (the author of the Gospel and Acts) absolutely loved.  It seems that nearly every chapter he mentions preaching.

Nearly every time... enough that I could say "Every Time"... what was preached was the "good news" (or a similar variation like "the Gospel", "the message of Jesus", etc.)  There are only a few times you could even make a vague connection to our modern-day sermons.

Sermons aren't bad things, but when we delegate preaching only to those who are comfortable up in front of a crowd, we've taken away something that anyone should be able to do: Preach the Good News to those around them.

The sense you get from the whole new testament use of the word is that anyone can preach, everyone should preach and we should all be preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ.

So today.. preach it!

Matthew 11:5; Luke 1:19, 2:10, 3:18, 4:18, 4:43, 8:1, 9:6, 16:16, 20:1; Acts 5:42, 8:4, 8:12, 8:25, 8:35, 8:40, 10:36, 10:42, 11:20, 13:32, 14:7, 14:15, 14:21, 15:31, 16:10, 17:18; Romans 1:15, 10:15, 15:20; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:16, 9:18, 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 10:16, 11:7; Galatians 1:8-9, 1:11, 1:16, 1:23, 4:13; Ephesians 2:17, 3:8; 1 Thessalonians 3:6; 1 Peter 1:12, 1:25, 4:6

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