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Responsibilities of preachers

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Those entrusted with the responsibility of preaching are to discharge it faithfully, boldly and persistently in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Christian community should honour faithful preachers and challenge those who fail to honour their responsibility.

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The responsibilities of preachers

They must be diligent in their preaching

2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
See also 1 Ti 4:13–16; 2 Ti 4:1–5

They must be faithful in their preaching

Acts 20:20 NKJV
how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house,
See also Je 26:1–2; Je 42:4; Ac 20:25–27

They must be persistent in their preaching

2 Timothy 4:1–5 NKJV
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
See also Ac 18:4–6; Ac 20:31; 1 Th 2:1–2

They must be bold in their preaching

Acts 28:31 NKJV
preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.
See also Je 26:7–15; Am 7:10–17; Ac 4:18–20; Ac 5:27–29; Ac 14:1–3

They must be encouraging in their preaching

Acts 14:21–22 NKJV
And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
See also Ac 15:32; 1 Co 14:3–5; 1 Th 2:11–12; 2 Ti 4:2

They must be filled with the Holy Spirit

Ac 1:8; 1 Co 2:4
See also Ac 4:31–33; 1 Th 1:5; 1 Pe 1:12

They must be compassionate in their preaching

Mark 6:34 NKJV
And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
See also Mt 9:35–38

The responsibilities of the church towards preachers

Faithful preachers should be honoured

1 Timothy 5:17 NKJV
Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
See also Mt 13:53–57; Lk 10:3–8; Heb 13:7

Unfaithful preachers are to be exposed and will be judged

Galatians 1:6–9 NKJV
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
See also Je 14:14–16; Eze 13:1–23; 1 Ti 1:3–4; 1 Ti 4:1–7; Tt 1:10–11; 2 Pe 2:1–3; Re 2:14–16; Re 2:20–23
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