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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT PREACHING
Recently, I was asked by a younger preacher who was doing a survey among preachers of all ages what I love about preaching. Here is the response I made to him.
1. Seeing a soul respond to the message of the cross to obey the gospel and become a child of God.
2. Seeing a soul respond to the word of God to acknowledge that he/she has been away from the Lord and wants to repent and come home.
3. Reading, studying, and preparing sermons/lessons that hopefully will inform, inspire, and encourage the hearers.
4. Having someone say to me, “I never had thought of that,” or, “I’ve read that passage many times and never noticed that.” (Not long ago a long-time member of the church and excellent song leader told me following my lesson during the Bible school hour that he had never noticed that the word in Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV) is “strait,” not “straight.” I had pointed that out during the course of the lesson.)
5. The joy of seeing the “light come on”that “aha” momentwhen a person finally sees the reality and beauty of undenominational Christianity; when one sees that the Lord’s church is not a denomination originating with men and that one can be a member of it today; when one sees that it is possible to be just a Christian without being a member of any denomination; when one sees that baptism is not a work of human merit but an integral part of saving faith and a prerequisite to receiving the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
6. Being able to bring God’s peace and comfort to souls who are hurting because of sickness and death, heartaches and disappointments, family problems, etc.
7. Seeing a young man, or even an older man, grow and develop spiritually and telling me, “I want to be a preacher of the gospel.”
8. Returning to places where I have formerly lived and seeing the congregation thriving spiritually, at peace, and those who were young when I lived there now serving as elders, deacons, teachers, etc.
9. Enjoying the friendship and fellowship of the “preacherhood”having the confidence of my brethren and my long-time preacher friends, and rejoicing in their accomplishments.
10. Knowing that when I preach God’s word faithfully, in love, yet with conviction, it will not return void but will accomplish its purpose.
The above things are on my list of what I love about preaching because I want to save both myself and those who hear me. (I Timothy 4:16).
The late Paul Rogers who preached for the Lord’s church in Centerville, Tennessee for almost 50 years was fond of saying, “God only had one Son, and He was a preacher!” And so He was! And so am I!
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