Too often as Pastors we find ourselves busy with those things our parishioners should be doing. Remember our assignment is to equip them for the work of the ministry.
One of the questions asked during the ordination process is, “What is preaching?” Preaching is divine communication from God, to man, through man.
I Timothy 4:1-5 (English Standard Version) 1 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: 2 preach the word…
The Strong’s talking Greek and Hebrew dictionary transliteration of the word, “preach” as “kēryssō” which means a “herald,” a public proclaimer from the king who authoritatively declares the king’s law to the people which must be obeyed. In other words, the “herald” was to sound out the king’s word with the voice that was loud but at the same time clear. The message was to be heard and heeded. The “herald” was to be respected and unhindered because he was a representative of the king. The Lord authorized and sent out His preachers or "heralds" into all the world and their sole work is to proclaim His message, the gospel.
I am writing this today because I was just having this conversation on yesterday. The job description of the preacher is short, sweet and simple, “preach the Word.” Now the trouble came in when Satan and man began to tinker with the preacher’s job description. So, here’s how this work. By his devices, Satan delays, distracts, diverts and devalues the importance of the preaching of the Word. Then members, deacons, trustees, ministry leaders, small group leaders and Sunday School teachers shift and shuck their responsibility given in Ephesians 4:12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Finally, even the preacher perpetuates this madness by expanding his role to satisfy something lacking in them or the people they serve.
What is the preacher, the herald, to busy himself with? Paul writes, “Preach the Word.” “The Word,” refers to the whole counsel of the Bible. If the preacher, busies himself with preaching the whole counsel and being a preacher of the Word and being a man of the Word, then he would not have time to do things that are not a part of his calling. Recently in our brand new “Praying for our Pastors” conference, the Holy Spirit spoke these words, if your pastor-teacher can be the deacon, caretaker, superintendent, business manager, trustee, supervisor, building manager, counselor, visitation minister, worship leader and children church director then his preaching is sub-par at best. If the preacher has to leave the praying of the Word, the preparation in the Word, and the preaching of the Word to go and wait on tables then he is not able to do his job or he needs to learn what his job is.
In order to be God’s preacher, it requires much time with the Word. I often tell young preachers that being called to preach is the easy part, in the same way as accepting the divine work of Jesus, you just have to open your heart to God’s call. However, that’s when the real work begins, after you become saved and after you have accepted God’s call to the ministry. Two scriptures, Acts 20:27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God and 2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” should always ring in the preacher’s mind and heart. The preacher’s life is to be a lifetime of commitment to studying the Word of God. His family, friends and his flock need to understand this and support the man of God in his effort to grow in the Word!
Simply, put nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, will take the place of the preaching of the Word of God. Nothing! Not a puppet, not a pony, or even a play, will ever replace preaching! It is through the preaching of God’s Word that sinners are saved, members are matured, ministries are mobilized, and souls are satisfied.
Will you join the movement to, “Pray for our Pastors?” We need preachers who are connected, committed and consecrated to preaching and teaching The Word!