This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Why Preaching?, given on January 22, 2017.
In the first verse of 2 Timothy 4, Paul gives one of the most solemn charges in all Scripture: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word.” Indeed, preaching is the priority in our worship together every Sunday. It is a primary means by which God changes our lives. Let’s take a few minutes to think about why preaching is so important.
Read II Timothy 4:1-2
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Why do you think Paul gave Timothy such a strong encouragement to be faithful to preach God’s word?
Paul reminded Timothy, as a pastor, that through his preaching he should use God’s word to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort.” In saying those things, Paul was reminding Timothy that preaching is one of God’s primary tools for transforming the lives of His people.
- How does the preaching that we hear change us?
- Can you think of anything you have heard in a sermon that convicted or changed you? What was it?
In a letter to a friend, John Newton referred to his church attendance that morning as “going to court.” He wrote, “You must not expect a long letter this morning. We are just going to court in hopes of seeing the King. For He has promised to meet us.” He was eager to get to the service because he knew that God had promised to “meet them.” They could experience God Himself through the preaching of God’s word.
What would be different this Sunday is you came to church with the same thoughts as John Newton: that God would meet you there?
[post written by Rich Humphrey]