Preaching / Teaching
In Hebrews 10:24-25, the Hebrew writer expounds upon one of the
primary purposes for the worship assemblies, And let us
consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of
some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the
Day approaching. When we come together, it is for edification.
Edification is accomplished by several means. As we speak to
one another in song (cf. Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16); pray (cf.
Colossians 3;16); declare the Lords Death in his supper; (cf. 1
Corinthians 11:26), etc.; we are built up in Christ.
One of the primary means of edification is through the preaching and
teaching of the word of God. Paul preached to the saints in
Troas on the Lords day, Now on the first day of the
week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to
depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight
(Acts 20:7). He also, in his epistle to the Ephesians, noted
that the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher
"for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to
the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a
perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that
we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried
about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the
cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love,
may grow up in all things into Him who is the head Christ
from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what
every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which
every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the
edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:12-16).
The text above indicates clearly that the teaching of Gods word
is needed to cause growth, and to protect the brethren from the false wind
[-s] of doctrine which could endanger souls.
Three important things to consider as we point out
the need for such preaching and teaching:
First, it is important that the whole counsel of God
be preached to the brethren. Paul said this to the Ephesian
elders as he indicated that he had prepared them for the ravenous
wolves which would come in among them, For I have
not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God
(Acts 20:27). Error can come from any direction, and those who
have been schooled only in a portion of Gods word are
vulnerable to attack. Further, if the preaching is not
balanced, the Christians development will be uneven. For
example, he may be doctrinally strong due to strong
preaching, but sinning morally due to a dearth of teaching in this area. The
pulpit is no place for hobbyists.
Second, there are times when error must be dealt with.
Jude said, Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you
concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you
exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for
all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). The necessity of
this defense of the gospel was because of errorists who had crept in
unnoticed, and were endangering souls. We, as Paul, must be
willing to expose the false teacher, and refute his error. (cf.
2 Timothy 4:2-5). The pulpit is no place for cowards.
Third, the gospel must be preached in humility. It must
always be remembered that the purpose of preaching is to save souls.
A proper spirit is needed. This in no way indicates that the
preacher or teacher should be timid in a defense of truth.
However, no teacher can be effective whose message is cloaked in pride.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are
spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering
yourself, lest you also be tempted (Galatians 6:1). The
pulpit is no place for the arrogant.
Whatever the case, for the edification of the brethren, the preaching
of the gospel is needed in our worship assemblies.
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.
Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching
(2 Timothy 4:2). May we all be blessed by the faithful
proclamation of truth.