Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Priority of Preaching

Pastors are often expected to perform many tasks. They preach; they teach. They marry; they bury. They counsel; they encourage. They pray; they plan. The list goes on. But, among all these responsibilities, one rises above the rest and should consume the majority of the pastor’s time: the preparation and delivery of biblical sermons.

The priority of preaching is clearly seen in Acts 6:1-7. The Hellenist widows were being neglected in the daily food distribution and they began to complain (vs. 1). The twelve apostle’s response is telling; they said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables” (vs. 2). The apostles did not deny the importance of taking care of the widows, but they understood the ultimate priority of preaching. Their solution was simple: select godly men to take care of the widows, which would allow the apostles to commit themselves to prayer and preaching (vs. 3-4). The church selected men to take care of the widows, and the apostles continued to proclaim the gospel. The result is stated in verse 7: “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”

So, pastors should pray, prepare, and preach. It is biblical (the apostles did it), and it is practical (people heard God’s Word and sinners were saved). May those of us called to full-time ministry always remember the central role of preaching in our ministry!

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The Relationship between the Holy Spirit and Homiletics.

In October, the Evangelical Homiletics Society (EHS) hosted their annual conference for students and professors of preaching. The theme for the conference was “Spirit-Led Preaching” and examined the relationship between the Holy Spirit and preaching. I have been reading the papers from the conference, and I am fascinated by the different answers to the question, “What is the Holy Spirit’s role in preaching?” Some professors place a large amount of emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit in preaching, while others do not believe the Holy Spirit is really involved in the proclamation of God’s Word as much as He is the preparation and reception of that Word. It is an interesting discussion to be sure.

 

One of the major points of contention in the papers is the concept of unction. Does unction exist? Does the Holy Spirit anoint or empower preachers to boldly and faithfully communicate God’s Word? Or, is this concept of divine empowerment unbiblical? I believe the Holy Spirit empowers preachers to communicate God’s Word, but I want to make sure this position is grounded in Scripture. I plan on studying this subject over the next few weeks…I’ll let you know what I discover!

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Busy, Busy.

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy for me. My mom had an accident and spent about two weeks in the hospital, so I spent a large amount of time with her and my family. She is slowly getting better, for which I am thankful, but she still has a long road of recovery before her. Please pray that she will continue to heal and that her recovery will be complete.

I have also been busy with school work. This past week, I was on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for a seminar on American Preaching. We discussed preachers and themes within each of the major periods of American history, and the class was very insightful. I am already looking forward to my seminars next semester, where I will continue to learn and continue to develop the relationships that were started this trip.

So, long story short, I’ve been busy and unable to post the last three weeks, but I hope to post more frequently over the next couple months. We shall see…