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Power & Purpose Part 2: Preaching

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Our attitude toward preaching is important!
Acts 2:42 ESV
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Acts 2:42
Preaching is important in scripture because it is powerful.
Acts 20:7–9 ESV
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
But what exactly is preaching?

Preaching is Proclaiming the Good News of Christ and His Word

The two most frequently used Greek words for preaching in the New Testament help us understand what preaching really is.
‘Kerysso’ used over 60 times means ‘to proclaim as a herald.”
1. ‘Kerysso’ used over 60 times means ‘to proclaim as a herald.”
‘euangelizo’ used 54 times means ‘to announce good tidings.”
Preaching is primarily about the good news of Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 4:5 ESV
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
Preaching is primarily God’s wisdom not man’s.
Acts 20:27 ESV
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
We should desire to hear all of what God has to tell us through the proclamation of His Words.

Preaching was a Main Purpose of Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church

One of Jesus’ main purposes was to preach the word.
, 42-44
Mark 1:38–39 ESV
And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Mark 2:1–2 ESV
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
Luke 4:18 ESV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
Luke 4:18
Luke 4:42–44 ESV
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
The Apostles main purpose was to preach the truth.
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Mark 16:15-16
Mark 16:15–16 ESV
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Acts 5:42 ESV
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
Romans 1:15 ESV
So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
1 Corinthians 9:16 ESV
For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
Acts 6:1–3 ESV
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
Acts 6:1-3
Preaching is what the church in Acts did and the Kingdom spread.
Acts 8:4 ESV
Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.

Preaching has been God’s means of changing the world

Consider how God has used preaching throughout history to reach out to the world.
2 Chronicles 15:1-15
2 Peter 2:4–5 ESV
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
God chose preaching to be a main avenue by which the truth would be shared.
Titus 1:1–3 ESV
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
Preaching is still powerful today because God’s truth is powerful.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Romans 10:14–15 ESV
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Romans 10:16 ESV
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
Preaching relays God’s truth about every area of life. Preaching helps us know how God desires for us live in our families, marriages, occupations, church families, relationships and all other roles and actions.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
If we humbly accept God’s word in to our hearts it has the potential to work within us to help us be formed into the image of Christ.
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