The importance of biblical preaching is hard to overstate. It pleases God to use the foolishness of preaching to save the world (1 Cor. 1:21). Here are some vital truths about biblical preaching.
1. Those who preach should preach as if God Himself were delivering the message (1 Peter 4:11).
2. Biblical preaching should call the world to repentance (Matt. 4:17; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30).
3. The primary focus is the Word of God (Acts 8:4; 2 Tim. 4:2).
4. Preaching depends on a confidence in the Word of God and its ability to change hearts and lives (Heb. 4:12).
5. Those who preach should be ready to do so at any time (2 Tim. 4:2).
6. Biblical preaching balances correction, encouragement, and rebuke (2 Tim. 4:2).
7. Sound doctrine means healthy teaching. Faithful preaching is healthy and leads to spiritual health and maturity for those who hear it and apply it (2 Tim. 1:13; Titus 2:1).
8. Biblical preaching is accompanied by divine authority (Titus 2:15).
9. Preachers don’t preach themselves . Those who hear biblical preaching will learn a lot more about Jesus than they do about the preacher (2 Cor. 4:5).
10. One of the long term goals of preaching is for hearers to be able to stand before God mature (Col. 1:28).
11. Faithful preaching depends more on conviction about Jesus than in human cleverness (1 Cor. 2:1).
12. The focal point of preaching must be on the person and work of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 2:2).
13. One’s preaching may not be impressive by human standards but can still be effective as a demonstration of the Spirit and power of God (1 Cor. 2:4-5).
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14. Those who listen to biblical preaching should listen with a heart and desire to do whatever God commands (Acts 10:33).
15. Preachers don’t have to decide between preaching the truth or love because gospel preaching necessitates preaching the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).
16. One of Jesus’ gifts to the church is preachers who prepare the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
17. When we hear the Bible faithfully proclaimed we should receive it as the Word of God and not as the preacher’s opinion (1 Thess. 2:13).
18. Preachers should remember that there are matters of personal conviction and be sure not to necessitate their opinions in those matters on their hearers (Rom. 14:1-23).
19. No matter who preaches, God is the one who deserves the credit for giving the increase (1 Cor. 3:6-7).
20. Preachers are simply servants who help others believe (1 Cor. 3:5).
21. Praising and favoring one of God’s messengers above another is carnal and spiritually immature (1 Cor. 3:4).
22. God is pleased by the foolishness of preaching and uses it to save those who believe (1 Cor. 1:21).
23. Though preaching seems simple and unimpressive to the world, it’s God’s instrument of choice in saving the world through Jesus (1 Cor. 1:22-25).
24. Those who preach the gospel can be financially supported for doing so (1 Cor. 9:14; Gal. 6:6).
25. We should carefully examine the preaching we hear to ensure it’s faithful to the Bible without viewing every preacher with skeptical suspicion (1 Thess. 5:20-21; 1 John 4:1).
26. Preachers should adequately prepare for the task of being God’s messenger to God’s people (1 Tim. 4:13-15).