While on his third missionary journey, Paul came to Troas where he spent the week. He met with the brethren. Worshipped. Communed. And preached. (Acts 20:6-7)
Preaching. It’s been a part of worship since the first century church began on that Pentecost Sunday in Acts 2. Peter preached. He preached Jesus. His death. Burial. Resurrection. And ascension. He preached God’s plan for salvation.
Peter’s preaching was plain. Understandable. Relevant. And directed to people who needed it.
Billy Sunday, the baseball player turned evangelist, was known for his bluntness in the pulpit. On one occasion he was asked to “tone it down and stop offending people.” They said “Stop rubbing the cat’s fur the wrong way.” He replied, “I’m not changing my preaching. Let the cat turn around!”
Preaching calls people to repentance. Obedience. And a personal realization of their standing before God.
Today around the world where Christians meet there will be preaching. May it be Biblical. Unmistakable. Uncompromising. And unadulterated by the philosophy of the world.
Preaching. Let it be presented with power. Spoken with love. And communicated with care, concern and compassion for struggling saints and unsaved sinners.
May God bless all today who preach the Word. And those who receive it with the right spirit.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman