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The Right Preaching

by Johnny Ramsey

Great Bible preaching has always been the great bulwark of the church of the Lord. Faithful Christians rely on and demand strong presentation of God's truth. Piety is based upon solid Scripture and the backbone to proclaim it. Paul made it clear: "Woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel of Christ" (1 Cor. 9:16). Jeremiah was compelled to keep the fire of evangelism alive and active (Jer. 20:9). A failure to enunciate God's word to others is a crime against mankind (2 Cor. 4:3). When our "delight is in the law of the Lord" (Psalm 1:2), nothing will deter us from the clarity of the message of redemption.

Following is a list of the kind of preaching we desperately need today: Power - Romans 1:16; Passion - Acts 17:16; Purpose - Acts 26:18; Pungency - Acts 14:1-3; Persuasion - 2 Corinthians 5:11; Perseverance - Galatians 6:9; Preparation - 2 Samuel 24:24; and Provoking Response - Hebrews 10:24.

A fitting passage to magnify all of these points is the following: "As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving" (Col. 2:6-7). Gospel preachers turned the world upside down in the first century Acts 17:6. We can do the same thing today if we really want to!

We cannot give God the scraps of our lives, as did the people of Malachi's day Mal. 1:6-8. That which costs us nothing will never get the job done. Sometimes older preachers rest on past laurels and become ineffective. This should never happen. The courage to persevere reminds us that while we accept the promise of the Lord that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:3-6), we dare not turn back and fail to do our part in the divine relationship.

Preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ is not a professional duty, but a passionate privilege. May we never, ever forget it!

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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