Faithfulness in Preaching God’s Word.

FAITHFULNESS IN PREACHING GOD’S WORD/ Evening Devotion/ Manifestations of Faithfulness/ 200F-003/ Key Text: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, Rebuke, Exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

Heart Questions: [1] Why is Paul urging Timothy to Preach the Word? [2] How can ministers take the task of preaching more seriously in their busy schedules and remain faithful to God? [3] What are the 5 key elements of effective preaching?

Scripture is clear in asserting that every last person in the world succumbs to sin (Jer. 17:9) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23). Beloved, our greatest problem is sin. Our greatest need is the Saviour. There are 7 things you need to know about Sin. — Sin is the ultimate human problem, for which divine salvation is the only solution; Sin cuts humanity off from God; Sin enslaves humanity to evil; Sin results in universal condemnation and death – (the Second Death). Because of sin, the fallen man is in a dead and desperate state; the fallen man needs to be saved or else perish; the fallen man cannot do anything to effect his own salvation. Therefore, we need a Saviour who will save us from our sins (Mt 1:21). That part has already been taken care of: Jesus came to “save His people from their sins.”

The greatest task we have now (Mt 28:19-20) is to proclaim the Gospel—the good news of Jesus and His Salvation. This brings me to the today’s lesson: “Faithfulness in declaring God’s Word.” In Romans 10, there are three important questions: “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?” (Romans 10:14, NKJV).

This text stresses on the need/ the urgency for all preachers to go out into the world to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These three questions are self-explanatory. Unless a person has heard the doctrine of Jesus Christ, [and remember, Jesus is the focus of the whole Bible], unless a person has heard the Gospel, he does not know enough to be saved or how to be saved.

Unless people understands the significance of the words being read/ preached to them, and realize that a response is required of them, they might not know how to respond, or much less, how to be saved. That’s why in every study here at The Gospel’s Voice, you will hear this question: “What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do?”In other words, what does God want me to do with this message now?

Listen beloved, if people have not been given a chance to hear about the Gospel – (which can be in the form of discussions, or Study Guides, or Prophecy Seminar, or a Sermon, or simply a Devotional Thought like this one) — there could be no belief, no hearing, no decision, no conversion, no call, and no nothing. And that’s why God needs faithful preachers who will take the mantle of proclaiming His message of Salvation faithfully and seriously.

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? The message our Key Text (2 Tim. 4:2) is meant for preachers, so these words of conclusion are directed to them.

[1] Preach the Word: Proclaim the doctrine of the crucified Christ. Point them to Jesus Christ—“Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.” Tell them that “Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.” (SDAH 367).

[2] Be ready In Season and Out Of Season — There will be times when the people are listening and when they are turning a deaf ear to the message. Regardless of how the wind may be blowing at a particular time, the preacher is to stand forth and preach the Word of God.

Preach in bad and good times, in difficult and opportune time. Don’t just preach/ prepare Bible Lessons when it’s convenient. Be prepared to do so all the time, 24/7. Be ready when there is obstructions or hindrances to the Gospel; when there’s a threat to ban the Gospel; When haters of the Gospel shall “revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for Christ’s sake” (Mt 5:11); When there’s a danger for imprisonment, etc. (Rev 2:10).

ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE PREACHING:

[3] Reprove –It must be a Convicting Message: The kind of preaching that brings conviction; that corrects the errors in certain beliefs and practices; that exposes sin and evil.  

[4] Rebuke – It must be a Confronting Message: While a “reproof” exposes the sinfulness of sin; a “rebuke” exposes the sinfulness of the sinner. This is the personal side of preaching. Sin must be confronted before sinners will be convicted! Our preaching must warn the sinner of the dangers of his sin.

[5] Exhort – It must be a Comforting Message: The verb “exhort” means to strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something. We are to encourage and comfort the people of God. Never forget, when you stand before a congregation there are people listening who are broken and in need of a word from the Lord.

[6] Longsuffering – It must be a Compassionate Message: “Longsuffering” has the idea of “patience, endurance.” That is, with a patient and persevering spirit even in the face of opposition.

Remember that you are “the servant of the Lord,” Thus you “must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending).” Instead, you must be “kindly to everyone and mild-tempered,” a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong. You must correct your opponents “with courtesy and gentleness,” in the hope that God may grant that “they will repent and come to know the Truth” (2 Tim.  2:24–25)

[7] Lastly, our preaching must include a Confirming Message – “Doctrine” – Paul returns to where he began: the Word of God. Your opinions, your beliefs, your thoughts are irrelevant! What matters is what “thus saith the Lord!” The Bible is our sole authority!  It tells people how to live and how to grow up in Christ.  It teaches them how they are to respond to the reproofs and the rebukes of preaching. 

Beloved, when we do these things, the Holy Spirit will take our preaching and use it to illuminate the minds of people. He will draw men to Christ. Many souls will be saved, and thus we will have done our duty faithfully.

Have a Good Night: “How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” (Isaiah 52:7, NKJV)

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