Philosophy about Preaching

What do I believe about preaching?  There are three passages among many that have shaped my philosophy about preaching. 

First, Romans 10:17 This passage tells us that faith comes through the message of the Word of God.  People cannot be saved or grow without hearing the  proclamation of the Word of God.

Second, John 17:17 This passage tells us that the key ingredient to sanctification (growth and change in Christ-likeness) is the ministry of Word of God.

Third, 2 Timothy 3:16 This passage tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed (the very words of God) and is immediately profitable for four things: 1) Doctrine, the Bible teaches us what is true and false, what is right and wrong, 2) Rebuke, that is, the Bible will show that listeners don’t measure up to the standards, and this brings conviction, 3) Correction, the truths of the Bible do not merely convict, but the show the way to transformation and give hope,  and 4) Training in righteousness, the Scriptures show the listener how to make change a part of his life. The ultimate goal of the Word of God is that it completely equips the trusting believer for “every good work.”

There are three doctrinal truths that shape my philosophy about preaching.

The Bible is inerrant: It is without error in whole or part as originally given by the Spirit-inspired writers.

The Bible is sufficient: It teaches us everything we need to know to live life correctly, in a way that pleases God.

The Bible is authoritative: When it speaks and we understand it correctly, it is God’s final and directive word to persons everywhere. When Scripture speaks, God speaks.

This is why I preach the Word of God, the Bible in an expository fashion. It is God’s truth to all persons everywhere. I find my greatest pleasures and greatest burdens in proclaiming the Word of God from the pulpits of churches.

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