unwanted children), the integrity of David Hubbard (the
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