“Preach the word” –the Apostle Paul, 2 Timothy 4:2
Preaching the word of God is the primary ministry of the church. Preaching is the proclamation that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again, and this gospel is of first importance in all that the church does (1 Cor. 15:1–11).
Wherever there is strong, biblical, gospel-centered, evangelistic preaching, there will be disciples of Jesus. Where there are disciples of Jesus who get a strong diet of evangelistic Jesus-centered preaching from the word, there is often a movement of the Holy Spirit.
This is why Paul, in the ﬁrst words of the last chapter of his last letter, commands the young pastor Timothy simply to “preach the word.” Notice that he does not say preach “about the word” or “around the word” or to use the word as a “jumping off place to talk about other stuff” —he says, “Preach the word.”
DON’T TRY TO BE COOL
Let the Bible speak! Let God’s voice in the Bible penetrate the ears of his people. This is where the power comes from (1 Thess. 1:5). This is where conversion comes from (Rom. 10:14-15). This is where maturity comes from (2 Tim. 3:16-17). This is where unity comes from. Let the Bible’s words be proclaimed in the gathering of the church by a man who is on ﬁre with truth.
We must trust that it is the faithful preaching of the word of God that makes evangelism and church growth effective.
Don’t try to be cool. Preach the word. Don’t try to be slick. Preach the word. Don’t try to be anything but a messenger of a message sent by the King.
STRONG PULPIT, STRONG CHURCH
The preacher’s job is to preach (Acts 6:1–7)! Jesus’ primary earthly ministry was to preach the word (Mark 1:15). He came preaching and then sent his ministers to preach his word for the building of the church (Eph. 4:11–16). If you read the book of Acts, you will see that the apostles emphasized the preached word (Acts 2:42).
Preaching in our churches is vitally important to what Jesus is doing and wants to continue doing. As John Calvin said: “The government of the church, by the preaching of the word, is first of all declared to be no human contrivance, but a most sacred ordinance of Christ.”
Preaching is not all that the church must do, but it is the primary thing that the church must do. Strong pulpits make strong churches that make strong movements. And preachers are formed through the teaching of strong preachers.
PREACH THE WORD CONFERENCE
Have you been called to preach the word? Would you like to learn more about preaching the word?
Then join us this May 14 and 15 at Living Stones Church in Reno, Nevada, for the Acts 29 West Regional Conference: Preach the Word.
This conference will bring together several great preachers of the word and the breakout sessions will provide practical training for preachers, executive pastors, worship leaders, and more. This conference is free of charge and is open to everyone, so register today