Why should we bother with preaching anymore?
I mean, come on, this is the 21st century. People aren’t into listening anymore. This is the age of conversation, of opinions, of open sharing. Preaching is so one-dimensional, so limited, so non-Facebook-like. People need something more interesting, more interactive. Something that lets them connect with God and others at the same time. You can’t post comments on a sermon.
Does anything good really come out of sermons?
Yes. Emphatically yes.
1 Timothy 3:16-17 says:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
But aren’t these verses just speaking of Scripture in general? Can’t I get all the benefits of scripture by sitting at home and reading my Bible?
No. You can’t get all the benefits of scripture through private bible study.
In the very next verse, Paul says to Timothy:
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Is it an accident that Paul links the effects of God’s word to the preaching of God’s word? I don’t think so. The true preaching of God’s word always gets things done in our lives. By the preaching of God’s word we are reproved and corrected. We’re exhorted and trained in righteousness. We’re equipped to do good works for the glory of God.
This equipping, correcting, reproving, and training happens in a unique way through preaching that doesn’t occur through personal Bible study. Don’t get me wrong, personal Bible study is absolutely indispensable. But so is preaching.
If we don’t hear God’s word preached, we won’t be properly equipped to serve God. We desperately need the correction, reproof, equipping, and training in righteousness that comes through preaching. I want to serve God at maximum capacity.
So I need preaching. And so do you.
+photo by Brent Nelson