A Critical Conviction, Evangelical Focus

A preaching ministry is built on a set of beliefs. Beliefs about God, the gospel, about people, about ministry.

It is right that we let these beliefs grow over time as we spend time in the Bible and learn from mentors, from experience, from life.

In this article, I would like to report on one of these convictions.

It’s here: God is a good communicator.

It seems so obvious, but so many people build a preaching ministry without this belief in place.

Here are some implications of this conviction to ponder:

1. No matter how smart you are, what you can make him say is not as good as what God made him say.

So do your best to preach what the text says. Do your best to let the details, as well as the form of the text, influence the way you preach it. Try not just to say what he says, but also to do what he does.

Seek to recreate the effect and affect of the text!

2. Our job is not to make the Bible interesting

Whatever other good reasons there are for using “illustrations” in your sermon, this is not one of them.

We must seek to explain, prove, and apply as well and as interestingly as possible, but above all we must be filled with enthusiasm for God and His Word if we are to communicate it with any contagious influence.

Simply trying to add interesting elements like spicing up a bland steak is not our business.

3. We do not make the Bible relevant, we demonstrate and emphasize its relevance

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful. All. Our job is to help people see that.

4. Reading the Bible is not a curse

Forget preaching it for a moment, some of us seem determined to convince Christians that reading the Bible is a negative thing.

I’ve heard well-meaning Christians teach that it’s hard to appreciate the Bible, so aim for the smallest goals possible.

If we give the impression that reading the Bible is a chore that can only be accomplished through courageous acts of self-determination, then don’t be surprised if people don’t devote a lot of time to it.

God is a good communicator. This conviction is essential for effective preaching.

Peter Mead Is mentor to Cor Deo and author of several books. This article first appeared on his blog Biblical preaching.

Barry F. Howard