Peter Mead: Is our View of Preaching Too Small?

I get asked from time to time: “Why do we even have preaching?”  This is usually followed by some Enlightenment reasoning that minimizes the spoken and written word.

Peter Mead has an excellent answer to all those who ask, “Why do we even need preaching?”
As John Broadus once wrote, “Preaching is characteristic of Christianity.  No other religion has made the regular and frequent assembling of groups of people, to hear religious instruction and exhortation, an integral part of divine worship.” This is fine, as far as it goes, but I would suggest this quote alone does not go far enough.
Preaching is unlike any other speech, either instructional or exhortational.  When we preach, our goal is to preach the Word, so that the Word of God itself speaks.  When the Bible speaks, God speaks.  When God speaks, He is at work.  Preaching is not just talking about God at work.  Biblical preaching is God at work.  Perhaps we need to rethink our view of preaching, for too often and too easily, our view of preaching is much too small.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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