PREACHING     by Pastor Paul Locke

I have been asked “What is the difference between preaching and teaching?”  I say that when we read the letters to the churches it is teaching the believers how to walk in the will of God.  For it is written, “As every man has received the gift, even so, minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  (1Ptr 4:10)  To speak this type of verse is teaching on perfecting of the Saints.

Preaching is for the unconverted who think it strange that we do not run with them in debauchery and they speak evil of us.  Therefore, “Who shall give account to Him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead?  For this cause was the Gospel preached…” (1Ptr 4:5-6)  The preaching of the Gospel has the power to change hearts to righteousness in the belief that Jesus Christ died for them.  Every Gospel message should convict of sin. 

The Word of God is powerful, “The Word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is the word of faith that we are proclaiming. (Preaching)  That if you confess with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rm 10:8-9)  Jesus came to preach the good news, the Gospel of Salvation to release the imprisoned those bound by sin through faith in His blood.

The style of preaching varies but the end result should be a relationship with Jesus and assurance of our destiny.  Preaching means forth telling, pronouncements, and can be non verbal such as Gospel messages in flyers, sky writing, and chalk on footpath saying ‘Eternity’.  Friendship evangelism is another way of preaching but is a gradual, conversational, incremental, introduction at a personal friendship level.

We are called to preach repentance and to understand that it is better that people do not repent if they do not receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit to protect them.(Mtt 12:45)    We as competent ministers should know that the Holy Spirit baptism must be at the time of repentance, for “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2Cor:3:6)

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