Lesson 15

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

AN INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

C Define preaching.

C Identify subjects upon which Biblical preaching should focus.

C Explain the importance of demonstrating God’s power when preaching the Word.

C Identify six Biblical warnings regarding preaching.

KEY VERSES:

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? (Romans 10:14-15a)

INTRODUCTION

This chapter introduces the subject of Biblical preaching. It defines preaching, identifies the subjects of Biblical preaching , explains the importance of the demonstration of God’s power when preaching, and identifies Biblical warnings regarding preaching. In the next chapter you will learn how to plan a Biblical sermon.

TEACHING AND PREACHING

You learned the definition of "teaching" in Chapter One of this course:

Teaching is the act of instructing others. It includes showing,

demonstrating, informing, imparting knowledge, training, and guiding the studies of another.

Here is the definition of "preaching":

Preaching is the act of delivering a discourse [a sermon or systematic examination of a subject] which instructs others in a formal manner.

Preaching and teaching are similar, in that they both communicate the truths of God’s

Word to others. You will learn in the next chapter that preparing a sermon is similar to preparing a lesson to teach. But preaching and teaching usually differ in the methods of instruction used and the style of delivery.

COMBINING PREACHING AND TEACHING

The effective sharing of the Gospel combines both preaching and teaching. Jesus taught and preached:

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)

(See also Matthew 4:17,23; 9:35; 11:1,5; Mark 1:14,38-39; 2:2; Luke 4:43-44; 9:6; 20:1; I Peter 3:19; 4:6).

One of the main missions of Jesus was to preach:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor…to preach deliverance to the captives…to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)

Jesus died in order that repentance and remission of sins could be preached:

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47)

THE COMMISSION TO PREACH

The disciples were commissioned by Jesus to preach:

And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach. (Mark 3:14)

And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. (Matthew 10:7) (See also Matthew 10:27; Luke 9:2,60).

The goal of the early church was to preach the Gospel to those who had not yet heard it:

To preach the Gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. (II Corinthians 10:16)

Like teaching, preaching was not confined just to the formal church setting:

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:42)

Neither was preaching confined to just the full-time pastors or ministers. Believers in the first church were scattered because of persecution and…

…they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the Word. (Acts 8:4) (See also Acts 11:19-20).

As believers, we also are commissioned to preach the Gospel to the nations of the world:

And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)

Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

THE SUBJECT OF PREACHING

Like teaching, preaching should always be based on God’s Word. For example, in the sermon of Peter in Acts 2, 12 of the 23 verses were quotations from Old Testament
Scripture.

Biblical preaching should focus on:

REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS:

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)

And they went out, and preached that men should repent. (Mark 6:12) (See also Acts 13:38; 14:15).

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD:

And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)

(See also Matthew 9:35; 11:5; Mark 1:14; 16:15; Luke 4:18; Acts 8:12; 14:7,21; 16:10; 20:25; Romans 1:15; 15:19-20; I Corinthians 15:1; II Corinthians 2:12; 10:14; 11:7; Colossians 1:23; I Thessalonians 2:9).

THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD:

…preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. (Acts 4:2) (See also Acts 17:3,18).

THE WORD OF GOD:

And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no not so much as about the door: And He preached the Word unto them. (Mark 2:2)

But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you. (I Peter 1:25)

(See also Acts 8:4,25; 13:5; 14:25; 15:35-36; 17:13; II Timothy 4:2; Titus
1:3).

THE WORD OF FAITH:

…The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. (Romans 10:8) (See also Galatians 1:23).

ALL THINGS CONCERNING JESUS:

…Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ…(Acts 28:31)

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.
(Ephesians 3:8)

(See also Acts 5:42; 8:5,35; 9:20; 17:3,18; Romans 16:25; II Corinthians 1:19; 4:5; Colossians 1:28).

PEACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST:

The Word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ… (Acts 10:36) (See also Ephesians 2:17).

THE CROSS:

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (I Corinthians 1:18) (See also I Corinthians 1:17-22).

THE DEMONSTRATION OF POWER

The demonstration of God’s power is to accompany preaching as well as teaching:

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)

Paul said:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power;

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:4-5) (See Mark 1:39; Luke 9:6; Romans 15:19; I Corinthians 1:17-18).

The demonstration of power is important because it confirms the preaching of the Word:

And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following. (Mark 16:20)

THE PREACHER

Earlier in this course we discussed personal qualities that should be evident in the life of a teacher . These same qualities should also be in the life of one who preaches the Gospel. Colossians chapter l identifies three additional qualities of a preacher of the Gospel:

HE IS A MINISTER OF CHRIST:

"A faithful minister of Christ" (Verse 7). Christ must be exalted in all his preaching.

HE IS A MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL:

"The Gospel…whereof I, Paul, am made a minister" (Verse 2 3).

HE IS A MINISTER OF THE CHURCH:

"…The church , whereof I am made a minister" (Verses 24-25).

BIBLICAL WARNINGS

Here are four Biblical warnings regarding preaching:

PREACHERS MUST LIVE WHAT THEY PREACH:

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? (Romans 2:21)

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (I Corinthians 9:27)

IF YOU ARE CALLED TO PREACH, IT IS NOT AN OPTION:

Preaching is not an option for those specifically called by God to do so:

For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel.
(I Corinthians 9:16)

PREACHING MUST BE BASED ON GOD’S WORD:

But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

And we said before, so say I now again, if any may preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9) (See also II Corinthians 11:4).

MOTIVES MUST BE RIGHT:

Paul discusses motives for preaching the Gospel in Philippians 1:15 -18. Read this passage in your Bible. Paul noted that…

Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good

will. (Philippians 1:15)