A preacher should always, both literally and figuratively, be pointing to a biblical text. This Word-centered focus is the defining mark of all true expositors.
We are guilty of arrogance, not merely neglect, when we fail to beg for the Spirit’s help in the study of Scripture. God will likely give understanding through the tools we use, but when we use tools while neglecting Him, the tools have become idols.
As we think through the Christocentric hermeneutic, we need to take a step back and think about the importance of preaching. Preaching is mandated by God, vital to the church, pivotal in our ministries, and of course then, important to God. Think about the wording in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved […]
This summer, Dr. Dale Ralph Davis will teach on how to exposit the Old Testament in the Doctor of Ministry Summer 2017 session. To learn more about the Doctor of Ministry program and to apply, visit tms.edu/dmin. I am a bit puzzled over why many Christian seem to think the Old Testament is such a “problem.” I […]
Preaching ought to reflect our conviction that God’s Word is infallible and inerrant. If we believe that “all Scripture is inspired by God” and inerrant, must we not be equally committed to the reality that it is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be […]
Yesterday, in discussing Paul’s final instructions in 2 Timothy, we examined the first of five reasons to preach the Word. Today’s post highlights a second compelling motivation. Motivation 2: Preach the Word Because of the Devotion of the Saints (2 Timothy 3:10–14) The faithful preacher is also motivated by his love and appreciation for those believers […]
(Today’s post is adapted from Keith’s article “Evangelistic Preaching in the Book of Acts,” originally published in Expositor Magazine.) Evangelistic preaching has a rich heritage. The first evangelistic sermon of the Church Age was preached by the Apostle Peter nearly 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. Luke records the essence of Peter’s message in Acts […]
Part 1 In the verses surrounding 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul provided his protégé with much-needed motivation to stand firm and persevere to the end. For Timothy, the command was clear: preach the Word; and the calling was deadly serious: souls were at stake. In order to equip him for the task, Paul gave Timothy five […]
Here are ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as articulated by some of history’s greatest preachers. 1. Effective ministry consists not of fads or gimicks, but of faithfully preaching the truth. Charles Spurgeon: Ah, my dear friends, we want nothing in these times for revival in the world but the simple […]
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Motivation 5: Preach the Word Because of the Deceptiveness of the Sensual (2 Timothy 4:3–4) Having reminded Timothy of the ultimate accountability, Paul continued by warning him that faithful preaching will not necessarily be popular preaching. As the apostle explained, “For the time will come when they […]