Preach the Word!

The Apostle Paul warned his protege Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“The time is coming when people will not endure sound (healthy) teaching, but having itching ears (yearning for novelty) they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth (Scriptures) and wander off into myths.”

I would suggest to you that we are living in these times that Paul is describing to Timothy. There are more conferences, books, churches and preachers and yet there seems to be more deception than ever before. You could liken some of our generation to the false teachers in Ephesus who were “always learning but never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”

How is it that we have become so deceived? Amongst other reasons, could it simply be that the RAW Gospel of Jesus Christ just isn’t ‘sexy’ enough for us anymore. 1 Cor 1:18 tells us that the “word of the cross is ‘folly’ to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” Repentance from sin and dying to self is utter foolishness to people who are perishing but to those whose hearts and minds have been illuminated with truth, it is pure and powerful.

Paul says in Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Paul wasn’t ashamed of the gospel, even though he knew it would be ridiculed and distorted by false teachers to accommodate the popular ideology of the day.

The only reasonable, rational and biblical response to such a time as this is 2 Tim 4:2 “Preach the Word, in season and out of season.” The phrase, “Preach the Word” refers to the Gospel, not just in the evangelistic sense but in the whole counsel of God sense that points us to Jesus Christ. The Gospel is outlined for us in 1 Cor 15:1-3 summarised as, “Jesus died, Jesus was buried and Jesus rose again.” Why is the Gospel so powerful because it bridges the gap between man’s sinfulness and God’s righteousness.

Romans 10:14-17 reminds us, “How will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’…So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.”

St Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel and if necessary use words.” I think many Christians have taken this as being their sole approach to evangelism and ignored Romans 10:14-17. Our actions and example are important and we are to be salt and light in the world we live in but sooner or later we need to open our mouths and declare the truth of the Gospel if ‘faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.’

Lead the Change!

3 Responses to “Preach the Word!”

  1. “Preach the Word” is my church’s ‘sub-heading/motto’ 🙂

    Again, some good solid stuff flowing mate!

  2. Love it… This is the same in kids min. I have heard many people ask for more ‘meaty’ ciriculum yet shy away from reading more scripture than a ‘memory verse’ because it’s “boring”!
    Preach it and don’t shy away from truth, only then will you get bible loving, Christ believeing, faith strong kids and ministries.
    Love it Corey 🙂

  3. Steve McCracken Says:

    Good stuff Corey.

    I have always felt the phrase “preach the Gospel and if necessary use words” has been a wrong thought because Jesus Himself, the Son of God and our greatest example in all things, constantly used words. If He needed to, and He did, then why would we think we can adequately and fully preach the Gospel without speaking the truth?

    Bless ya buddy.

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