Friday, January 18, 2008

One of my professors yesterday said this:

"Expository preaching requires commanding."
2 Timothy 4:2 2 preach the word

1 Timothy 4:13 13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

One thing we must remember is that as preachers, our job is not to simply give people our thoughts. When we look into the Word of God we are confronted with this reality that the preacher is to command his people to change. Read a sermon by Whitefield, or by Edwards, or by Spurgeon, or by Calvin. These men commanded their hearers to change.

May we as preachers not say from the pulpit, "Well this might possibly be something that God, perhaps, may want you to apply to your life... I think this is what you should do." Rather, let us say, "Thus says the LORD from His authoritative Word..."

Preachers, preach with authority because you are preaching the Words of the one who is the absolute Potentate!


Dad said...

Good post son!

I am told that Dr. Rayburn at Covenant Seminary ( previous president of the school)would tell the men in preaching class to imagine him standing at the back of chapel saying "what are you telling me to do?".

Sometime, for fun, count the number of imperatives in the little letter of 2 Timothy.

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