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NEEDED! DEAD OR ALIVE: FAITHFUL PREACHERS!!

02 Feb

As a minister of the gospel, there is no subject that interests me more than the preaching.  I am not just interested in a “fanciful” manner, but I am captivated by this subject because it sums up God’s call upon my life this side of heaven.  But it’s not just preaching in general that interests me.  Rather it is Christ who is to be the Grand Theme and Subject of all faithful preaching!  I am not only called to preach.  I am called to “preach Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23).  “…We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…” 2 Cor. 4:5).  All true preaching is Christ-centered, and all Christ-centered preaching is true preaching.  There are no two ways about it!  Those who are committed to the faithful exposition of Scripture will necessarily preach Christ because all of the Scriptures testify about Him (Luke 24:25-27,44-48; John 5:39).

Sadly, there is a dearth of preaching in our day.  Many are the pulpits which have been severely afflicted and inflicted by this terminal disease.  We do not lack “preachers” capable of giving interesting talks, moral advice or motivational speeches.  There are plenty of those around – everywhere you turn!  But faithful, Christ-centered preachers!  Oh, no!  Those are scarce!  Only a few of them are still standing!  I think the sign below needs to be hang on just about every church door today.

William Still in his book entitled, The Work of The Pastor writes:  “…If the hope of the world is Christ, it is Christ in all the Scriptures, and that hope can only be fulfilled by men pouring out the riches of Christ’s saving grace upon the Lord’s people through the Scriptures” (p. 93)

Why then is there such a dearth of faithful, Christ-centered preaching in our day?  Well, that’s a very good question.  Many reasons can be given as to why this is the case.  But one thing is for certain, there has been a great lost of confidence in Scriptures among both preachers and hearers as Alistair Begg points out in his book, Preaching for God’s Glory (pages 18-19):

The absence of expository preaching is directly related to an erosion of confidence in the authority of and sufficiency of Scripture.  At the beginning of the nineteenth the battle lines were drawn against the forces of liberalism.  Liberals were challenging the miraculous, questioning the divine, and opposing the historicity of the New Testament documents.  Evangelicals weathered that storm, and empty liberal churches testify to the futility of the liberal quest for a demythologized Christ.  But today the battle is more subtle.  The Scriptures are neglected and debased and are used only as a springboard for all kinds of “talks” that are far removed from genuine biblical exposition…There is little, if any, sense of either the preacher or the congregation bowing under the majestic authority of God’s written Word.

I couldn’t agree more!  Let me end this post by asking you to do three things in light of what I have shared here:

First, pray with me that the Lord will raise up a new generation of preachers who will not be afraid or ashamed to preach the “whole counsel of God” and point people to the Lord Jesus Christ in every sermon.

Secondly, pray for your pastors that by God’s grace and the working of God’s Holy Spirit they may be kept faithful and true to their calling. In my view, that is the best way to keep your ministers accountable before God and their congregations.

Secondly, pray for me also that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…that I may proclaim it clearly and boldly, as I should (see Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 4:3-4).  Thank you!

For more on this, please click on this link:  Contending for the Faith in America.

I also recommend the following additional resources:

Essays:  Is Christ-Centered Preaching a Biblical Mandate? by Fred A. Malone;  A Listener’s Guide to the Pulpit by Todd Wilken; Preaching Christ, by Charles McIlvaine (1799-1873)

Books:  Preaching Christ in All Scripture, by Edmund Clowney; Him We Proclaim, by Dennis Johnson, Christ-Centered Preaching, by Bryan Chapell

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6 responses to “NEEDED! DEAD OR ALIVE: FAITHFUL PREACHERS!!

  1. Paul

    February 2, 2012 at 06:54

    Greetings my friend, the words greatest challenge is to peach Jesus.

     
    • Bible Answers

      February 2, 2012 at 09:42

      No problem Paul! I got the message – thanks for you for taking the time to send this comment. You rightly said it, “the world’s greatest challenge is to preach Jesus.” May the LORD help those of us who are preachers to do preach Christ faithful, clearly and boldly for the salvation of sinners and the sanctification of the saints. Blessings in Christ!!

       
  2. Paul

    February 2, 2012 at 06:58

    Greetings friend, thanks for your post.
    The Lord bless you
    (Please forgive me for the previous unedited post which I accidently sent, before I could correct.)
    Paul

     
    • Bible Answers

      February 2, 2012 at 09:43

      No worries! Thanks for the comment – rightly said!

       
  3. Khama Mphatso

    February 3, 2012 at 12:00

    Even when our close friends or those we respect are terribly going the wrong way, most of the Christians have chosen to sacrifice their stance for Christ for the sake of maintaning friendship. Thanks for mentioning “calling”. I take this to be basic in one or the other. We have finally moved our focus from the Kingdom to come, to this very rotten world. Most preachers today dwell on today’s peace and progress at the expense of the Heavenly. The death of Christ, I wonder how we will successfully put it to use if all we preach is today’s success, material wealth, political progress etc.
    We need real followers of Christ who are ready to bring the flock back to the Father. Amen Pastor, I’m blessed.

     
  4. David Challacomb

    February 14, 2012 at 14:53

    Thanks! Great article, great conclusion. Christ centered, in truth, is synonymous with Father centered or Holy Spirit centered. Any one of them must necessarily lead to the others, and forsaking any one is forsaking them all. It is fruitless to deny Jesus Christ’s place as the anointed son of the living God, through whom all things were made and saved. Take Christ out of any of the things Khama mentioned, success, material wealth, political progress, whatever, and you’ve got a hollow shell, you’ve got all that’s perishable, all that’s destined to be replaced. May God continue to show his mercy on us poor sinners, bankrupt except by his grace, lost except for his guidance. May my failures point to his mercy and the necessity of his sacrifice, and may we never forget thankfulness for his supremacy. And thanks again to you Fletcher. I won’t be any good at being thankful to God if I’m not thankful to you first. Take care up there.

     
 
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