Pastors: may I encourage you when stepping into the pulpit to minister the Word of God – “preach the Word!” Make it your chief aim to exposit the Scriptures as a dying man to dying men. Don’t let quoting Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Piper, MacArthur, etc. be your primary text. Give them the God’s Word! (2Tim 4:1-5) Chris Harper said on his Facebook page.
There have been some I am sure that have had that joy in their preaching.
Since I don’t believe that preaching is to be filled with fillers as so much preaching is, I believe the TEACHING of God’s Word should be the explanation of God’s Word. So much of preaching is about delivery, its about humor, its about been interesting, its about been current, its about how well you put a well written phrases, its about pulpit mannerism, its about how you look, its about stories, its about application, its about how short you can make a sermon, its about using common language of the day, its about speaking correctly as not to offend, its in the voice, its bout how to preach with power, its about just about everything but about the heralding of the Word of God.
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:31) What does that mean?
“Is there any word from the Lord?” What does that mean?
It is amazing how such a man can have intellectual ability, personal appeal, and charisma, and not be ready to preach. What does that mean?
We’re not ready to strengthen the brethren and feed the sheep until we have spent time with the Shepherd. Like the psalmist we ask, “Could there be something the matter with me?” Robert Murray M’Cheyne said, “My people’s greatest need is my personal holiness.” How is my relationship with the Master?