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The Type of Preaching/Teaching I Enjoy

I enjoy hearing good solid Bible preaching and teaching.  On my iPhone are several podcasts of all different types of preachers.  Some are better speakers than others but the type of preaching/teaching that I am attracted to is one that is full of the Word of God.  I enjoy hearing Bible teachers who fill their teachings with the Word of God.  I prefer expository preaching/teaching mixed with allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture and pointing to other passages of Scripture that are relevant to the text.

Most preaching/teaching today is full of stories.  Lots of illustrations.  While there is certainly nothing wrong with an illustration, too often in modern Bible teaching, the illustration becomes what is remembered or focused on.  This happens when video illustrations are used or drama skits.  The focus is not then on the Word of God (no matter what the Bible teacher may say).  The focus is on the skit or the vivid illustration.  The Word of God becomes just part of the show.  The Bible is certainly quoted and referred to but the illustration is the focus.  This should not be.

The focus of the true Bible preacher/teacher is the Word of God for the Word of God is what God uses to lift up His name and to save sinners (1 Peter 1:23).  The Word of God cuts deep into our hearts and exposes our true selves (Hebrews 4:12-13).  The Word of God sanctifies the people of God (John 17:17).  The Word of God is the agency by which God draws the lost unto Himself (Romans 10:17).  The Word of God alone is the inerrant and infallible truth of God (Psalm 119:89; 2 Peter 1:16-21) and the Word of God makes the servant of God “competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).  The Bible alone is the breathed out Book of God (2 Timothy 3:16).  Jesus said the Word of God cannot be broken (John 10:35).

The focus then must be on the Word of God.  When illustrations or skits or movie scenes are the focus, the Word of God is lost.  There is no denying that even still the Word is powerful (Isaiah 55:11) but the heart of the Bible preacher/teacher is on explaining Scripture.  This is our heart and passion.

I urge you, if you teach the Bible, to do just that: preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2).  The Bible gives us our authority to speak for God (Titus 2:14).  This authority is lost when you make your illustrations, your funny stories, your personal experiences, or skits the focus.  Fill your teaching with the Word.  Let Scripture dominate.  When people walk away from hearing you teach the Word, let them remember the Word and may you fill their minds with the Word.  Let them accuse you, if they must, of being too biblical, of spending too much time in the Word.  When people hear you speak, let them learn how to study the Bible.  Teach them how to interpret Scripture, how to exegete the passages, how to apply the texts, and fill them with the Word of God (Matthew 4:4).  May they remember the Word above all else and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through faithfulness to His Word (John 14:23-24).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/03/2014 at 3:08 PM

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  1. This is great and I’m right with you on this! Christ should be exalted and His word on our hearts and minds!


    09/04/2014 at 12:09 AM

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