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Semper Informanda: Prolegomenon
God's Call to Preach His Word
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2Timothy 4:1-2 ESV).
The preaching and hearing of God’s Word is so serious because of the nature of God’s Word. Now, more than ever, the Church desperately needs pastors who fulfill their highest calling—who respond to the divine summons to feed the flock by preaching the whole counsel of God.
We need men of God expounding the Word of God so the voice of God may be heard, the glory of God seen, and the will of God obeyed. Preaching is heralding the truth. If God’s Word is the truth then that is what we are to be urgently proclaiming. Preaching is proclaiming “the” Word, not “my” word.
More than anything else, Christians need pastors who will declare with passion, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, with intensity “this is the Word of God!” In other words, tell his listeners what the meaning of the text is. There is only one truth for each text to proclaim. What does the text mean? Not what does it mean to the preacher or to the hearer. What does God say through the inspired writings? The kind of preaching the Church needs is that which proclaims what the inspired Word of God declares and therefore what we should believe.
The preacher’s confidence is built upon the fact that the Scriptures are the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. We do not have to make the Scriptures relevant because they are relevant! Christians need pastors who will call them to a decision; challenging our thinking, our desires, our actions and our attitudes.
Concerning the sacred task of preaching, the great reformer and excellent preacher, John Calvin, stated that “preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace.” This strikes at the very heart of what expository preaching truly is. It is preaching the Bible, explaining the true meaning of the Scripture in a way that conveys divine judgment if it is refused and divine grace if it is obeyed.
Therefore, at the core of any healthy congregation is a vibrant exposition of God’s Word. A strong pulpit ministry leads to a strong church. Preaching is a means of glorifying God! The great Puritan preacher, Richard Baxter, used to pray that he would “preach as a dying man to dying men.” May God call many godly men to boldly preach His Word in our generation—SDG!
Dr. Kevin Collins
Director of Admissions
Orlando Semper Informanda | Volume 7 Issue 11