23 May, 2006

Dignity of the Pulpit II (Westminster Larger on Preaching)

Q158: By whom is the word of God to be preached?
A158: The word of God is to be preached only by such as are sufficiently gifted,[1] and also duly approved and called to that office.[2]

1. I Tim. 3:2, 6; Eph. 4:8-11; Hosea 4:6; Mal. 2:7; II Cor. 3:62. Jer. 14:15; Rom. 10:15; Heb. 5:4; I Cor. 12:28-29; I Tim. 3:10; 4:14; 5:22

Q159: How is the word of God to be preached by those that are called thereunto?
A159: They that are called to labor in the ministry of the word, are to preach sound doctrine,[1] diligently,[2] in season and out of season;[3] plainly,[4] not in the enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power;[5] faithfully,[6] making known the whole counsel of God;[7] wisely,[8] applying themselves to the necessities and capacities of the hearers;[9] zealously,[10] with fervent love to God [11] and the souls of his people;[12] sincerely,[13] aiming at his glory,[14] and their conversion,[15] edification,[16] and salvation.[17]

1. Titus 2:1, 82. Acts 18:253. II Tim. 4:24. I Cor. 14:195. I Cor. 2:46. Jer. 23:28; I Cor. 4:1-27. Acts 20:278. Col. 1:28; II Tim. 2:159. I Cor. 3:2; Heb. 5:12-14; Luke 12:4210. Acts 18:2511. II Cor. 5:13-14; Phil. 1:15-1712. Col. 4:12; II Cor. 12:1513. II Cor. 2:17; 4:214. I Thess. 2:4-6; John 7:1815. I Cor. 9:19-2216. II Cor. 12:19; Eph. 4:1217. I Tim. 4:16; Acts 26:16-18

1 comment:

Stephen said...

These are sobering words.