28 January, 2006

The Apostle Paul's View of Preaching

I find it to be expedient in the light of the last post (see post below) to allow the Apostle Paul, the New Testament theologian, to give his insights on preaching and the necessity of preaching well. Paul's view was that people would not BE SAVED without preaching (from a sent preacher)! If this is the case, and I believe that it is, then we should, as preachers and hearers of preachers, be careful to know what scripture says about preaching:

Romans 10.13-15

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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?

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

* There were a variety of questions in the last post that I will address this Sabbath evening.


Droll Flood said...

In regards to this distinction that people like to make between the Bible and the Word preached: If the Word is proclaimed/preached as to the sense of the Word, it is the Word of God.
Peter agrees with this in 1Peter 1

1. I believe Acts 8 has something to say to the matter, regarding the Æthiopian Eunuch

Nate, good call in bringing the ‘foolishness of preaching’ being the means of conversion to our attention in the last post. This doctrine is much neglected, even in the Reformed camp. I lately have been enjoying these posts.

Droll Flood said...

Also especially 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Again, preaching as according to the sense of the text is the Word of God.
Note well what Paul says of his preaching how he talks of what was heard by the Thessalonians "...when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." -1 Thes. 2:13

-All this, and the first comment I made paint the concept of the "foolishness of preaching" to a point where many evangelicals/fundamentalists would start screaming bloody murder. But this is the word of God, believe it.

-Nate I'm still looking forward to that beer. I have not forgotten...