On Sunday we covered our seventh core value: The Profitability and Priority of Preaching. Our sermon came from 2 Timothy 4:1-4, where we examined the Apostle Paul’s solemn charge to his young protégé, Timothy, to “Preach the word!” We walked through the text paying particular attention to four things, 1.) The command for biblical preaching 2.) The content of biblical preaching 3.) The conduct of biblical preaching and 4.) A cause for biblical preaching.
At Redeemer Church we are committed to the systematic exposition of scripture through expository preaching, because we believe this method of preaching best positions us to obey the Bible’s charge for pastors to “Preach the word!” We stand in complete agreement with Pastor Mark Dever when he says, “Expositional preaching is important because God’s Word is what convicts, converts, builds up, and sanctifies God’s people. Preaching that makes the main point of the text the main point of the sermon makes God’s agenda rule the church, not the preacher’s.” We hope these questions are helpful as you further consider, the profitability and priority of preaching.
1.) What is a specific example of God using faithful preaching to shape your life?
2.) The content of all faithful preaching is the word of God. What other material have you heard preachers use as the content of their preaching? Why is the word of God the only effective content of biblical preaching?
3.) How does the systematic exposition of scripture through the expository method of preaching serve as a protection for both the preacher(s) and the congregation?
4) What is the danger of seeking preaching that is only focused on addressing your specific passions?
5.) Preachers can fail at preaching in a variety of ways. What are some ways we can fail at listening to preaching?
As pastors we believe the greatest thing we can do for those we’re called to shepherd here at Redeemer (with the exception of praying for you) is to faithfully preach the word to you. Please continue to pray for us regularly that the Lord would train and prepare us to preach faithfully. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!