Presentation on theme: " The pulpit has an unparalleled opportunity to reach the minds of men today (approx. 5 million sermons preached each year in America alone) Yet, the."— Presentation transcript:
The pulpit has an unparalleled opportunity to reach the minds of men today (approx. 5 million sermons preached each year in America alone) Yet, the world would be better off if many of the sermons were never preached! The purpose of preaching is not: to amuse or entertain, to discuss world matters, to get money, to promote self, etc.
Visitors will pick a particular church based upon the positive, entertaining, “feel good”, “pc” preaching style (Isa. 30:9-10) Members/elders looking for a new preacher want the same positive approach Some preachers in churches of Christ are changing their style to fit the modern world When godly men stand up to preach they need to know what true preaching is
God uses preaching to save souls (1 Cor. 1:18, 21) Our model for preaching is found in men like John the B., Jesus, Peter, Stephen, Paul (Phil. 4:9; 2 Tim. 3:10); not the world What’s he (the preacher) doing up there?
When Paul preached (1 Cor. 2:1-5)… He proclaimed God’s word, not man’s word (Gal. 1:11-12) He focused others Christ, not on self (1 Cor. 1:29-30; 3:4-9; 2 Cor. 4:5-7) He was serious, not a dynamic entertainer (1 Cor. 9:16; 1 Thess. 2:3ff) He produced faith, not “feel good” (Rom. 10:8, 15, 17)
To cause repentance and conversion in the lost (Mt. 3:1-2; 4:17; 12:41; Acts 2:37-38; 3:19) To reprove, rebuke, and exhort the saved (2 Tim. 4:1-5) To defend the truth and condemn the error of the false teacher (Gal. 1:8; 2:5) Men, please remember what you are doing up there?