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Critical Elements Of Biblical Preaching - Pt1 by David Guzik

Most preachers and teachers want to do their work in the best, most effective way possible. There are a lot of helps available for them - better techniques, finding a better process in preparation and delivery. All that is good, but it isn't of prime importance. God-honoring, effective preaching and teaching comes from a certain type of life, not just from a process or techniques.

When I speak of it coming from a life, I don't mean only a moral and ethical life (as described in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1) - though that comes first. The kind of life that produces effective preaching and teaching has specific characteristics related to the work of a teacher. Here are seven character qualities I think that are important.

Honest

God-honoring teachers will be honest with the text. They will take it for what it says, not for what they wish it said. For example, when we come to 1 John 5:7-8 in the King James (or New King James translations), we must be honest with the difficulty of the text. Though the Trinity is definitely a Biblical truth, we must be honest and say that1 John 5:7-8 doesn't address the Trinity in the way many hoped. I might wish that it gave me an airtight statement of the Trinity, but the textual evidence says otherwise. If we are not honest as expositors we will be prejudiced, manipulative, and careless.

Secure

If we don't have a sense of security of who we are in Jesus and in the power of God's Word, we will never please God with our work as a preacher or teacher. Paul recognized that living to please men and living to please God don’t go together (Galatians 1:10).

Hardworking

To fulfill your ministry as a preacher and teacher will take many years of hard work. You can't be lazy or always look for the easy way out. You must be able to do the hard work of study and preparation time. It's not just a matter of time (though that is part of it), it is also a matter of focus and concentration.

Bold

The effective preacher and teacher will have a sense of boldness; not arrogance, but a genuine confidence in God and His word. The boldness does not come from any confidence in self, but from a justified confidence in God. The timid or hesitant preacher simply will never fulfill their ministry as they could.

Passionate

If you don’t care much about what you are teaching, why should anyone else? God forbid that we should conjure up a fake passion or enthusiasm. God's word is filled with greatness on every page. If you can't see it and have a genuine sense of its goodness and significance, don't blame your hearers for their boredom.

Teachable

The effective preacher and teacher will keep pressing on to learn. They will not have the sense that they have “arrived”. They won't have a sense of self-confidence, self-assurance, or self-satisfaction. Like Paul in Philippians 3:13-14 they will keep pressing on, pursuing the high call of God in Jesus Christ

Sympathetic 

In Hebrews chapter four, verse 15 describes the priestly ministry of Jesus towards His people, telling us that He can sympathize with our weaknesses. If Jesus has this sympathetic heart towards man, so should his messengers have this same heart when they preach and teach. They should think through how things will sound in the ears of those who hear them, and seek to persuade them. More than eight times the Book of Acts speaks of the persuading work of Paul, and you can't persuade unless you have some sense of how your hearer thinks and feels. The unsympathetic preacher will be perceived as being rude, hard-hearted, and harsh.

If someone has these seven characteristics, there is much they can learn and grow in as a teacher or preacher. Without them, all the best techniques or technologies will not be effective to fulfill one's ministry.

 

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Critical Elements Of Biblical Preaching - Pt1

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The Great Omission

The Great Omission  

 

Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations, and Paul said that some preach and others send.

 

This is known as The Great Commission; sending or being sent. Actually, John Piper rightly says that there’s only three options for the Christian regarding missions: GO, SEND OR DISOBEY.

Every person must be a missionary, support missionaries or be in disobedience. That means that the majority of people are not following The Great Commission, The Great Commission has turned into The Great Omission.

 

GO

Mexico, for hundreds of years, has received thousands, if not tens of thousands of American and European missionaries. A lot of them has suffered persecution, sickness, loneliness, lacking, or discouragement with the simple objective that Mexico can know a Jesus. And it has worked, in Mexico today, there’s millions of Christians. We thank God for them, but we can’t just thank God for the sacrifice of thousands of missionaries, we must also follow their example.

 

There are various opportunities for Hispanics in missions.

1.   Church Planting

One of the ways that we can contribute to missions is by planting churches. Whether you personally start a church or you become part of a group that goes out to plant a church.

With the growth of Christianity in Latin America every city needs more churches. Acts is filled with church planting. Because the result of biblical missions is to start biblical churches.

 

2. Indigenous Communities

There are people in our country that have never heard the Gospel, let alone in their native language. One of the opportunities that we have is to leave our urban culture and take on a native culture and learn their language with the focus to reach out to that community.

 

3. Transcultural Missions

This is something I think Mexico needs to take to heart. A lot of Americans can’t go to places like the Middle East, but a Hispanic could go without a problem. A lot of Americans would not survive at an Indian garbage dump, because they are not used to it but some Mexicans have stomachs of steel. But the problem isn’t that there aren’t many who are willing to go, but rather there aren’t many that are willing to send.

 

Sending

Sending means to support financially and spiritually those people who have decided to dedicate their life to the preaching of the Gospel. There are a few ways you can send missionaries.

1.    Meeting missionaries and support them personally.

2.    Tithing in churches that are supporting missionaries and have a budget support.

3.    Meeting agencies and missions ministries and support them. 

 

Missions Month

In Horizonte on the month of February we are having missions’ month to learn how we can apply these truths in our church more. Every Wednesday of February at 7pm we will have a special preaching by a missionary. If you are from Ensenada this is an excellent opportunity for God to challenge your heart. And if you’re from far away we will be uploading our videos on our YouTube channel.

 

Jonathan Domingo 

 

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