From time to time I hear well intentioned Christians say that preaching is no good anymore. We live in a post-modern culture that doesn’t want to sit and listen to one person deliver a lecture. Our culture values everyone’s opinion, and so everyone should have an equal chance to share. Preaching just doesn’t reach our modern, interactive, opinionated culture. It’s boring. It’s too much monologue and not enough conversation. Or so the argument goes.
I never want to lose preaching. Much of my spiritual life has been shaped by preaching. For the past fifteen years I’ve had the privilege of listening to my dad preach, Sunday after Sunday, month after month, year after year. I probably couldn’t discern spiritual growth at the end of each sermon, but the cumulative effect has been huge. God has used dad’s faithful preaching to slowly transform me into the image of Christ, much like a river slowly shapes a rock over time. By God’s grace, my life is rooted in glorious biblical truths. Why? Week after week of hearing those truths proclaimed.
God has also used particular messages by particular men to radically affect my life. A number of years ago I heard C.J. Mahaney give a message entitled “The Main Thing”, in which he passionately exhorted Christians to keep the gospel at the center of their lives. I cannot overstate the the impact of this message on my life. To this day I still experience the daily effect of this message
In 2 Timothy 4:1-2, Paul exhorted Timothy:
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
I’m grateful for godly conversations between friends, but I also want preaching. I need to hear the word preached on a weekly basis. My spiritual life depends on it.
Let me encourage you to do one thing today. Email your senior pastor and tell him how grateful you are for his preaching. Tell him specific ways that his preaching has helped you. You’ll honor God and you’ll bless your pastor.
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