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06/16/2009

 
 The Preacher’s Notebook 
The Paper and Electronic Pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Mineral Springs, NC 
(Delivered by E-mail and Us Postage Through Subscription as an Extension of the Pulpit Ministry of this Church)
Dr. Terry W. Preslar – PO Box 388 – Mineral Springs, NC 28108
(704)843-3858 – E-Mail: preslar12@windstream.net
Copyright (C) 2007. Terry W. Preslar All rights reserved. 
Vol. IIFebruary, 2008Issue 2
Preachers and Preaching 
 Introduction
This “Preacher’s Notebook” issue is especially prepared for those called to a Christian preaching or teaching ministry. However, it will serve and help any who are called upon to share thoughts on theScriptures. Many churches and chapels in small localities depend on what is termed ‘lay’ ministry.This is the first (introductory) unit in a series on preaching. While certain emphases in the series willhave particular relevance to those in full-time ministry, it is hoped that all who are in this vital work of thekingdom, will derive some help. Indeed the articles will have been worthwhile if only they help the man inthe pew to appreciate a little more the task of those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word. Contraryto what many people think, the Christian ministry is not one of life’s soft options, but; when properly andconscientiously performed, it is the most responsible and demanding work in the world.I have heard it said that a sermon is the Word of God filtered through a person's life. Based on thisdefinition I believe that each preacher needs to write his own sermons. This material is presented to add tothe dialogue as others study and prepare their sermons. Do yourself and your congregation a favor. Studyand pray and allow the Holy Spirit to move you. God called you to be a preacher. Answer that calling withaction!The ministry of preaching is the major work of the Gospel minister. Preaching is the most intense hour in the life of the pastor. There are several factors that bring the preacher to that hour and these elements cannot be overlooked. Some were born for this office but it is a professional office and divine interest is vitalin this position.
Preachers and Preaching in the Bible
(“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb Isanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jer. 1:5).Preaching is defined by a short passage of Scripture: “And I, brethren, when I came toyou, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thingamong you, save Jesus Christ, and himcrucified. And I was with you in weakness, andin fear, and in much trembling. And my speechand my preaching was not with enticing wordsof man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of theSpirit and of power: That your faith should notstand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:1-5)Preaching is more than Communicating information, more than speaking on religious themes, more thanan oral address to the popular mind. Dynamic quality is involved activated in a sense of man’s desperatespiritual need, God’s divine call and the preacher’s driving, compelling, conviction that eternal consequences
 
rest upon the response to his messages.Preaching is the heralding of God’s Word under the anointing power of God’s Spirit, in a dynamicfashion, with an organized pattern that aims to meet the hearers spiritual needs. Preaching is “...not by mightnor by power but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Host.” (Zech. 4:6)The above short outline is full of truth and reeks of wisdom – but seems to have no author that can befound – so it is with
Truth
– no human pen can claim the strokes that make the words nor the grammar thatties them together – but men who wish to be used of God can claim these precepts and serve the eternal purpose of the Creator. (1 Cor. 1:18)Modern preaching could have no better model than that found in the Bible. In this day when the“Preacher” says more and more about less and less it may seem that the long-winded preacher is the effective preacher. The New Testament speaks of a long-winded speaker named Paul who preached in an old-time“watch-night” service that past midnight and one of the listeners fell asleep and tumbled from a high windowto his death. (Acts 20:7-11). It might be best not to preach that long sermon unless you can raise up thelisteners if they fall under the weight of time.The only book of the Old Testament that uses the word “Preacher” in its subtitle is the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon takes up the character of the preacher and poses the question of Vanity. The whole book is a sermon that probes the depth of men’s hearts even after these nearly 3,000 years. Do your sermonsendure that long?The impact of preaching was meant to be great. So much has been committed to preaching. Jonah preached God’s message in Nineveh and the King stepped down from his throne and took on “Sackcloth andashes” in repentance (Jonah 3:2-6). Most of the preachers of this day are more concerned with being filledwith pudding than with power. It is Holy Ghost power that will impact the heart of the king in any day (Zech.4:6).This generation has forgotten the most vital element, beyond the call of God. This ingredient is theanointing, the Oil of God, the Breath of the Holy, the Smile Glory. This vain hour has substituted fame,fortune, fantasy, friends and family; but these all come to folly in the face of this filling of the Anointing of Holy Power. The Prophet Isaiah claimed this power (Isa. 61:1) and was quoted by the Lord (Luke 4:18). Wefind few parallels of this in the modern pulpit. Oh, how we need this on, in and through us. Vanity wouldfade, pride would perish and boasting would turn to glory for the Lord (Gal. 6:14).Places to preach seem to occupy most of us. “Bookings,” appointments, dates...all this seems to becounter to the cause of Christ. When it comes to Zeal for preaching, we seem to lose most of the drive whenthe mere “street corner,” rest home or jail cell is mentioned. John the Baptist preached in the wilderness of Judah (Matt. 3:1). The 12 apostles were told to preach the message on the “housetops” (Matt. 10:27). JohnWesley preached from his father’s tombstone, George Whitefield preached in the open fields to 10's of thousands in England and America in the mid 1700's, Billy Sunday was saved when he heard an unknownstreet preacher from The Pacific Gardens Mission in front of the bar where the baseball player and histeammates had been drinking all night. Sunday left the curb of that Chicago street to preach in tents, arborsand tabernacles across America and won a generation to God. Robert Sheffie was rejected for ministerialcredentials from his denomination but still preached in the woods to the “bootleggers,” in people’s homesand by the roadside of Virginia and became one of the most beloved preachers of our past history. Whereto preach? ...or When to Preach? It is not where or when but WHAT to preach. We MUST narrow our focusto “what” and preach that ANYWHERE and ANYTIME. (1 Cor. 9:16).Confrontational preaching on controversial themes is often avoided by the modern pulpiteer. In our pastthis was not true as we have the record of these pulpit heroes. Even the Lord Jesus often angered His hearersto the point of violence (Luke 4:28-31). These super-sensitive people are still among us (or some of their relatives) and they will strike out at the message and the messenger. I have known the wrath of thesemembers of the synagogue in resent days but Peter said “...think it not strange...the fiery trial...” (1 Peter 4:12). James said “...count it all joy...” (James 1:2). Take up the prophet’s mantel and do twice the worksthat he did – take on the convictions of Peter Ruckman (the champion of the KJB), the determination of Jack Wood (the prophet of Houston, Texas), the compassion of Bubba Key (the friend of wayward boys and
 
unwanted children), the integrity of David Hubbard (the
“Baptist”
missionary to the United Methodist for 50 years) or the deep concern of Rudolph Lemmons (the patron of Gospel preachers for a lifetime) or manyother unknown masters of pulpit heroism. Take to it as if it is your bread of life and feed thereon.We have a vocabulary of failure – having to admit no converts under our preaching we go about toexcuse this state with platitudes that comfort us and placate those we report to. Oh, that God would give usfruit. After being filled with the Holy Ghost, Peter stepped out of the upper room into the light of day andcalled out the invitation seeing 3,000 souls swept into the Kingdom. Peter preached about Noah who hadonly eight souls on the record of his ministry but was called a “preacher of righteousness.” (2 Peter 2:5). Bythis epitaph it is found to be true that souls are the factor that brings “righteousness” to the preacher’saccount.Philip’s preaching had an impact that saw many saved including Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:5-15). UponPhilip’s preaching of Christ the work was done and God’s Grace was known by many. No doubt, thisformula is given to us as the very method to preach. (“...even so must the Son of man be lifted up” John3:14; “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” 12:32). What will you preach thatwill bring better results?The greatest contribution the Church can make today to a troubled and frightened generation is to returnto the consistent and always relevant preaching of the Word of God! All Christians would agree that whatis most needed in the present age is a releasing of the power of God among us, but what is often forgottenis that the proclamation of His word has always been God’s chosen channel of power. “He sent his word,and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions...” the psalmist declares (Psa.107:20).Following this approach, through the years I have gained a growing sense of the grandeur of preaching. Ihave seen many examples of its power to transform both individual lives and whole communities. I haveincreasingly felt a divine compulsion to preach, so that I know something of Paul’s words, “Woe is me if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16). But even more – I feel a deeply humbling conviction that I couldnever be given a greater honor than the privilege of declaring “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” I often fillthe deep conviction that this is how the public should regard us; as servants of Christ and stewards of themysteries of God! A servant of Christ! A steward of the mysteries! I can think of no greater work than preaching.
A Lack of Bible Preaching
If the reader does a “Google Search” on the internet, you will find that many totally opposing church bodies (
 Presbyterians, UMC, Church of Christ, SBC, Independent Baptists of several stripes and evenCharismatic Pentecostalist 
) all claim to be “Bible Preachers.” It is ridiculous to think that thesedenominations, all form different theological positions could all be
“Bible Preachers.”“Bible Preaching”
can not be defined by either of these factions contending to practice this style of  preaching. “Bible Preaching” is in a sad lack in this modern hour. There is such an effort to support some private agenda that “Bible Preaching” has been the victim. This fact has degraded the practice, broken thewill of our cadre of preachers, minimized the skills needed to prepare for “Biblical Preaching” and produceda false criteria to judge preaching. A false “litmus test” is applied to our pulpit ministry and must be brought back to truth or we have seen the last of “Bible Preaching.”In order to understand the title of this course we must understand the purpose of preaching. When werefer to preaching we are talking about heralding or proclaiming words. The words we are referring to arethe gospel or the good news of salvation and way of eternal life. So, the meaning and purpose of preachingis to proclaim a message that will give people the opportunity to obey the gospel of Christ, which saves. Thegospel of Jesus Christ is referred to by the apostle Paul as the “power of God unto Salvation” (Rom. 1:16).If it is the power of God unto salvation, then it should go to say that it is the message we should preach, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith”(Rom. 1:17).Today in our “politically correct” society it is not a very popular thing to do, preaching the gospel.Preaching the gospel is not even considered popular or mainstream in some of the churches of Christ today.Often, it is more common to find a story or a blown out of proportion illustration than to hear the Word of 

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