The Primacy of Preaching

In his opening chapter The Primacy of Preaching from the book Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea For Preaching Dr. Al Mohler wrote, “Evangelical pastors commonly state that biblical preaching is the hallmark of their calling.  Nevertheless, a careful observer might come to a very different conclusion.  The priority of preaching is simply not evident in far too many churches.

 

We must affirm with Luther that the preaching of the Word is the first essential mark of the church.  Luther believed so strongly in the centrality of preaching that he stated, ‘Now, wherever you hear or see this Word preached, believed, professed, and lived, do no doubt that the true ecclesia sancta catholica (Christian, holy people) must be there….And even were no other sign than this alone, it would still suffice to prove that a Christian, holy people must exist there, for God’s Word cannot be without God’s people and, conversely, God’s people cannot be without God’s Word.’”

 

Before he died the great Bible expositor James Montgomery Boice wrote, “I do not think it is too much to say that preaching really is an essential means perhaps even the most important means, of grace.  If that is the case, then we should be very careful in our Christian lives to expose ourselves to the best teaching and attend the best churches available.”

 

2 Timothy 3:13-4:5; John 21:15-17; Col. 1:25-29; Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 1:23, 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:13-18; Ezra 7:10; Neh. 8.

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  1. […] Before he died the great Bible expositor James Montgomery Boice wrote, “I do not think it is too much to say that preaching really is an essential means perhaps even the most important means, of grace. If that is the case, then we should be very careful in our Christian lives to expose ourselves to the best teaching and attend the best churches available.” Caleb Kolstad […]

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  3. These are wise words from Al Mohler.
    I fear that sometimes Gospel-minded evangelicals (of whom I name myself one) tend to talk up preaching without always practicing what we preach, if you know what I mean.
    I have wrestled with this in my teaching of Homiletics at Wycliffe Hall: it is possible that in filling up my students toolbox with all the tools of the trade they may actually be less equipped in the end if they’re not ongoingly committed to giving their pastoral energy to preparing their sermons and themselves before God on each occassion they preach (http://metamorphe.wordpress.com/)

  4. Simon- A fair warning to pastors. Thanks for dropping by.

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