Preach It, Brother

"Preach the Word: be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage -- with great patience and careful instruction" 2 Timothy 4:2.

How many times have we heard it recited and declared in the sermons we have heard over the years? Its understandable message cannot be dissected into something it is not. What declaration is it that God wants His spokesman to sermonize? It is the significance of the Holy Word.

"And how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which is able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" 2 Timothy 3:15.

Even with the Lord's commandment to preach the word, and in the face of the command to proclaim the good news as recorded in Mark 16:15, people are not frequently thrilled with such a design. Some listeners do not want to attend to the pure Word of God. Others that preach do not really yearn for preaching directly from the Bible anymore.
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Nevertheless, God still says: "Preach the Word." People prefer to hear a more modern message, but God still says: "Speak the Word." Man thinks that just any sanctimonious statement is good enough to salvage souls, but God still states: "Preach the Word." Man sobs for sermons that are more witty and full of showmanship, but God says: "Speak the Word." People look down on the scriptural sermons that rebuke their sins, but God still says: "Preach it anyway." People want to hear tall stories and humorous tales. But God still says: "The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow: it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" Heb. 4:12.

A lot of folks think that a church stage show would be more touching, but God still says: "Preach the Word anyway." Some others say that the Bible's message is dehydrated and humdrum, but God still says: "Preach it." People just love to listen to tales about personal alleged experiences, but God still says: "Preach the Gospel." Some think if we would give a sermon that has more attractiveness to the crowds, we would get bigger, while others think, "If we don't dilute the sermon, we will never be a magnet for people from the community," but God says, in spite of all these ideas: "Preach the Word."

God's direction is always true. Since that is what the Lord desires, we must do it! Preaching the Word is what our community needs. Preaching the Word is also what this congregation needs continually to be solid spiritually and prepared to meet the strategy of Satan head on. Yes, people say a lot, but God nevertheless says: "Preach the Holy Word that can save your soul."

By Rick Woodall

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