The Foolishness of Preaching

A. Preaching is to Proclaim Publicly with Authority

1. Proclaim. to speak out with a loud voice...this is not rude or ungodly, for God has a loud voice and his prophets preached their prophecies in a loud voice.

Isa. 8.19 Familiar spirits peep and mutter
Deu. 5.22 The LORD spake with a great voice
Mic. 6.9 The LORD's voice crieth
Pro. 1.20 Wisdom crieth without, uttereth her voice in the streets
1 Ki. 13.2 He cried against the altar in the word of the LORD
Isa. 13.2 Exalt the voice unto them
Isa. 40.3,6,9 The voice said, Cry...lift up thy voice
Isa. 58.1 Cry aloud, lift up thy voice like a trumpet
Jer. 4.15,16 A voice declareth...give out their voice
Jer. 31.6 The watchmen shall cry
Amos 3.4-8 The lion roars, God speaks and men prophesy
Jon. 1.2, 3.2 Cry against it...preach unto it
John 7.37 Jesus stood and cried
John 12.44 Jesus cried
Acts 2.14 Peter lifted up his voice
Acts 23.6 Paul cried out in the council
Rom. 9.27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel
Rev. 5.2 An angel proclaiming with a loud voice

-The following verses are used as objections to defining preaching as speaking with a loud voice.

Isa. 42.2 He shall not cry, nor cause his voice to be heard
Mat. 12.16-21 He charged not to make him known to fulfill Esaias
Acts 5.42 In every house ceased not to preach Jesus Christ
Acts 8.35 Unto him alone? It does not say he was alone.

2. Publicly. Preaching is a public exercise, and our ministry is primarily a public ministry, not a closed-in meeting as it usually is today.

Jer. 11.6 Proclaim all these words in the cities and in streets
Jer. 17.19 Stand in the gate, in all the gates of Jerusalem
Mat. 10.27 Preach ye upon the housetops
Acts 10.42 Commanded to preach unto the people
Acts 13.44 Came almost the whole city to hear
Acts 16.13 Went out of the city by a river side
Acts 17.22 In the midst of Mars' hill
Acts 18.28 Convinced the Jews and that publicly
Col. 1.23 Preached to every creature

3. With Authority. Boldness, assurance, warning. We are accused of being dogmatic arrogant, proud, aggressive, accusative, divisive, and lacking in love. But here we can see that preaching is speaking boldly what we know, not for pride, but because we believe what we preach.

a) Authority delegated by God to men

Num. 12.8 Wherefore not afraid to speak against my serv.?
Acts 23.4,5 Thou shalt not speak evil of ruler of thy people
1 Sa. 24.5-8,11 The LORD forbid seeing is anointed of the LORD
1 Sa. 26.9-11 Against the LORD's anointed be guiltless?
2 Sa. 1.14 Wast not afraid to destroy LORD's anointed?
Mat. 7.29 He taught them as one having authority
Mat. 28.18,19 All power is given unto me, go ye therefore
Luke 9.1,2 Gave them authority and sent them to preach
Mat. 10.40 He that receiveth you receiveth me
Luke 10.16 He that despiseth you despiseth me
John 13.20 That receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me
2 Co. 5.20 We are ambassadors for Christ
Tit. 2.15 Speak, exhort, rebuke with all authority

b) Authority for being the very words of God

Exo. 4.22 Thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD
1 Sa. 2.27 Man of God said, Thus saith the LORD
1 Ki. 22.14 What the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak
Jon. 3.2 Preach the preaching that I bid thee
Acts 4.19,20 We cannot but speak things we have heard
Gal. 1.11 The gospel preached of me is not after man
1 Th. 2.13 Not the word of men, but the word of God
1 Pe. 1.25 The word of the Lord is preached unto you
2 Co. 2.17 As of God speak we in Christ
2 Co. 4.13 I believed, and therefore have I spoken

c) Authority by understanding, by being right and upright

Pro. 28.1 The righteous are bold as a lion
John 7.25,26 Lo he speaketh boldly and they say nothing
John 19.35 He knoweth that he saith true
Acts 4.13 The boldness of unlearned and ignorant men
Acts 4.29,31 Grant that with all boldness they may speak
Acts 9.20,27,29 He had preached boldly at Damascus
Acts 14.3 Speaking boldly in the Lord
Acts 18.26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue
Eph. 6.19,20 That I may speak boldly as I ought to speak
Php. 1.14 To speak the word without fear
Php. 1.20 Not ashamed, with all boldness, as always
Php. 1.28 In nothing terrified by your adversaries
1 Th. 2.2 We were bold in our God to speak the gospel

B. Preaching is God's method of evangelism.

- God chose a specific method to spread the truth, and if we do not preach it, we do not obey him.

1. He chose preaching as his method

1 Co. 1.21 Pleased God by foolishness of preaching to save
Rom. 10.13-17 How shall they hear without a preacher?
Tit. 1.3 Hath manifested his word through preaching
Heb. 1.1 God spake by the prophets
Rev. 19.10 The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy

2. God commanded men to preach

Mark 16.15 Go and preach the gospel to every creature
Luke 9.60 Go thou and preach the kingdom of God
Luke 24.47 Repentance and remission should be preached
Acts 10.42 He commanded us to preach unto the people
2 Ti. 4.2 Preach the word
Amos 3.8 The LORD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

3. God chooses and calls certain men as preachers

2 Ch. 36.15,16 The LORD sent by his messengers, his prophets
Isa. 6.8-11 Whom shall I send? Go and tell this people
Isa. 61.1 The LORD hath anointed me to preach
Isa. 62.6,7 Have set watchmen which shall never keep silence
Jer. 1.5-10 I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations
Eze. 33.7 I have set thee a watchman
Hag. 1.13 The LORD's messenger in the LORD's message
Amos 2.11 I raised up of your sons for prophets
Amos 7.14,15 I was no prophet, LORD took me, Go, prophesy
Acts 9.15 He is a chosen vessel to bear my name
Acts 13.2 Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work
1 Th. 2.4 We were put in trust with the gospel
1 Ti. 2.7 I am ordained a preacher
2 Ti. 1.11 I am appointed a preacher

4. This calling, how it is done, how it is known. Not all are called to preach, but all are responsible to see it is done.

a) God calls sometimes by speaking directly

1 Sa. 3.3-10 The LORD came, and stood, and called
Num. 12.8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth

b) Sometimes through visions or dreams

Isa. 6.1,8 I saw the Lord, I heard the voice
Acts 9.3-6 Shined a light from heaven, heard a voice
Acts 16.9,10 Assuredly gathering had called us to preach

c) Sometimes through recognizing the need

1 Co. 15.34 Some have not knowlege of God, your shame

d) Sometimes through recognizing your gift

Acts 6.8-10 Stephen, full of faith, power, wisdom and spirit
Acts 16.1-3 Timotheus, well reported, him would Paul have
Acts 18.24-26 Apollos, eloquent, instructed, fervent, diligent

e) Sometimes through the understanding and the faith a man has

Amos 3.8 The LORD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
Acts 18.24-26 Apollos, mighty in the scriptures
2 Co. 4.13 I believed, therefore have I spoken

f) Most often through an inward necessity

Psa. 39.1-3 My heart was hot within me, then spake I
Jer. 4.19 My bowels, my bowels! I cannot hold my peace
Jer. 20.9 His word was as a burning fire in my bones
Luke 24.32-34 Our heart burned within us...returned, and told
Acts 17.16 His spirit was stirred in him, therefore disputed
Acts 18.5 Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified
Acts 20.22-24 I go bound in the testify the gospel
Rom. 9.1-3 I have great heaviness and continual sorrow
1 Co. 9.16 Necessity is laid upon me, woe is me if not

C. The Purpose of preaching

1. To teach all the world the truth

Mat. 28.19,20 Teach all nations, all things I have commanded
Acts 5.28 Ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine
Tit. 1.3 Manifested his word through preaching
Pro. 1.23 I will make known my words unto you
Ecc. 12.9 Because the preacher was wise, taught the people
Psa. 105.1 Make known his deeds among the people
Acts 4.10 Be it known unto you all
Rom. 16.25,26 Made known to all nations
Eph. 6.19 To make known the mystery of the gospel
Col. 1.28 We preach, teaching every man in all wisdom

2. To give an opportunity to all men to be saved God knows that these men will despise the gospel, but he desires to give the opportunity anyway.

Mark 1.38 That I may preach there also, therefore came forth
Luke 4.43 I must preach to other cities, for therefore am sent
John 5.33,34 I say these things that ye might be saved
Rom. 10.13-16 How shall they hear without a preacher?
1 Co. 9.22 That I might by all means save some
2 Co. 10.16 To preach in the regions beyond you
2 Ti. 4.17 That all the Gentiles might hear

  • -Notice that God wants to give opportunity even to the rebellious
  • Luke 20.13 It may be they will reverence him when they see him
    Jer. 36.3 It may be that they will hear, they may return
    Eze. 12.3 It may be they will consider, though be rebellious
    2 Ti. 2.25 If God peradventure will give them repentance

    3. To produce faith in the hearers. Preaching has characteristics that make it efective. One of these is that preaching demonstrates the faith of the preacher, both by the foolishness in it, the boldness, and the endurance of persecution. The preacher's faith produces faith in the hearer.

    a) Faith comes by hearing the message preached

    John 13.19 I tell you that when it is come ye may believe
    John 19.35 He saith true that ye might believe
    Acts 4.4 Many of them which heard the word, believed
    Acts 8.12 They believed Philip preaching
    Acts 10.44 The Holy Ghost fell on all which heard the word
    Acts 15.7 Hear the word of the gospel and believe
    Rom. 10.17 Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by word
    1 Co. 3.5 Ministers by whom ye believed
    1 Co. 15.11 So we preach and so ye believed
    2 Th. 1.10 Our testimony among you was believed
    1 Co. 1.21 By preaching to save them that believe

    b) Preachers actually persuade unbelievers

    Acts 13.43 Speaking to them, persuaded them
    Acts 18.4 He reasoned and persuaded
    Acts 18.13 This fellow persuadeth men to worship God
    Acts 18.28 He mightily convinced the Jews
    Acts 26.28 Almost thou persuadest me
    1 Co. 14.24,25 If prophesy, he that believeth not is convinced
    2 Co. 5.11 Knowing the terror, we persuade men
    Tit. 1.9 Able by sound doctrine to exhort and convince

    4. To condemn the unbelieving. We know that we are not worthy to condemn anyone but God uses our preaching as a supreme condemnation. And who is sufficient for these things?

    a) Our faith condemns the world

    Mat. 12.41,42 Niniveh shall rise in judgment because repented
    Luke 11.31,32 Queen shall rise in judgment, she came to hear
    Heb. 11.7 By his faith Noah condemned the world

    b) Christ came as a stumblingstone also

    John 3.18,19 This is condemnation, light is come into world
    John 9.39-41 I am come that they which see might be blind
    John 15.22 If I had not come...they have no cloke for sin
    Rom. 9.32,33 They stumbled at that stumblingstone
    2 Pe. 2.21 It had been better for them not to have known

    c) Job well done when we are rejected

    Mat. 10.14,15 Not receive you, shake off dust of your feet
    Mark 6.11 For a testimony against them
    Luke 9.5 For a testimony against them
    Luke 10.11 We do wipe off against you, be ye sure of this
    Acts 13.46,51 Necessary first been spoken...shook their feet
    Acts 14.22 We must through tribulation enter the kingdom
    Gal. 5.11 The offense of the cross is necessary

    d) That God may be justified when he judges

    Rom. 1.19,20 Shewed unto them, so they are without excuse
    Rom. 3.1-4 That thou mayest be justified in thy sayings
    Eze. 2.5 Yet shall know hath been prophet among them
    2 Co. 2.14-16 Savour of death to death...who is sufficient?

    D. Results we should expect.

    -By these things we may judge our preaching. If we do not receive generally these same results then we are probably not preaching correctly.

    1. Opposition, Disputes. We have been told that true servants of the Lord never argue, or strive, and they quote 2 Ti. 2.24. We do not intend to strive, but strife is often inevitable.

    Acts 4.2 Being grieved that they taught the resurrection
    Acts 4.18 Commanded them not to teach in name of Jesus
    Acts 5.17 They were filled with indignation
    Acts 5.28 Ye intend to bring this man's blood upon us
    Acts 6.9 There arose cetain disputing with Stephen
    Acts 9.22,29 Saul confounded the Jews, disputed with Grecians
    Acts 14.4 The city was divided
    Acts 16.19 The hope of their gains was gone
    Acts 17.17,18 Disputed he in the synagogue
    Acts 18.4 He reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath

    2. Uproars, stirring of the people. We have been told that our causing uproars proves we are doing something wrong.

    Acts 14.2-4 The unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles
    Acts 17.5 Set all the city on an uproar
    Acts 17.13 Came thither also, and stirred up the people
    Acts 19.23 There arose no small stir about that way
    Acts 19.29 The whole city was filled with confusion
    Acts 21.27 Stirred up all the people

    3. Persecution, false witness This should not surprise us, we must be careful not to give opportunities to false accusers.

    Acts 4.3 Put them in hold unto the next day
    Acts 5.18 Put them in the common prison
    Acts 6.13 Set up false witnesses
    Acts 7.54-59 They stoned Stephen
    Acts 8.1-3 There was a great persecution against the church
    Acts 9.1 Breathing out threatenings and slaughter
    Acts 12.2 Killed James with the sword
    Acts 13.50 Honorable women raised persecution against Paul
    Acts 14.19 Having stoned Paul
    Acts 16.23 They laid many stripes upon them
    2 Ti. 1.8 Be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel
    1 Th. 3.3,4 These afflictions, we are appointed thereto

    4. Dishonor, ridicule

    Mat. 13.57 A prophet is without honor in his own country
    Acts 2.13 Others mocking
    Acts 5.41 Worthy to suffer shame for his name
    1 Co. 4.9-13 We are made a spectacle unto the world
    2 Co. 6.8 By honour and dishonour

    5. False brethren, cults. It doesn't much matter which false doctrine they teach, but false brethren are a hindrance to the truth.

    Acts 8.18,19 When Simon saw, he offered them money
    Acts 13.8 Elymas the sorcerer withstood them
    Acts 19.13-16 Certain vagabond Jews, exorcists
    Acts 20.29,30 Grievous wolves, to draw away disciples
    Gal. 1.7 Some trouble you to pervert the gospel
    Gal. 2.4 False brethren unawares brought in
    1 Ti. 1.6,7 Some having swerved unto vain jangling
    1 Ti. 1.19,20 Some having put away concerning faith

    6. Burdens, stress, fears, labours, weariness. Watch for laziness.

    Acts 4.29 Behold their threatenings...grant unto thy servants
    Acts 18.9 Be not afraid, but speak
    1 Co. 15.19 We are of all men most miserable
    2 Co. 1.8,9 We were pressed out of measure, above strength
    2 Co. 4.8,9 Troubled, perplexed, cast down
    2 Co. 7.5 Flesh had no rest, without fightings, within fears
    2 Co. 11.27,28 Weariness, painfulness, watchings, fastings
    1 Th. 2.9 Labour and travail, night and day
    1 Th. 3.7 We were comforted in our affliction and distress

    7. Loss, great disappointments

    Acts 13.13 John departing from them returned to Jerusalem
    2 Ti. 4.10 Demas hath forsaken me
    2 Ti. 4.16 All men forsook me

    8. Envy, rivalry, contention, and pride among us. This ought to be avoidable, but it is very common among preachers

    Num. 11.27-29 Enviest thou for my sake?
    Mark 9.38, Luke 9.49 We forbad him, because he followeth not us
    Acts 15.37-39 The contention was so sharp between them
    2 Co. 10.12-14 Comparing themselves among selves are not wise
    Gal. 2.11 I withstood him to the face
    Php. 1.15,16 Some indeed preach Christ of envy and strife

    9. Success, believers, churches established

    Acts 2.37 They were pricked in their heart
    Acts 2.47 Favour with all people, the Lord added to church
    Acts 16.5 Churches established in the faith
    Acts 19.20 Mightily grew the word of God, and prevailed

    10. Followers, preachers, helpers

    1 Th. 1.6-8 Followers of us, from you sounded out the word
    1 Th. 2.14 Ye also have suffered like things
    2 Ti. 1.6 Gift in thee by the putting on of my hands
    2 Ti. 2.2 Commit thou to faithful men who shall teach others

    E. Proper Attitudes of Preachers

    1. Meek, not seeking vainglory. Understanding that our meekness is concerning ourselves, not concerning the defense of truth.

    2 Co. 4.5 We preach not ourselves
    2 Co. 10.12 Dare not compare ourselves, commend ourselves
    Gal. 6.14 God forbid that I should glory
    Php. 2.3 Nothing done through vainglory, but in lowliness
    1 Th. 2.6-8 Nor of men sought we glory
    2 Ti. 2.24,25 Gentle unto all men, in meekness instructing

    2. Sincere, not covetous. A sincere longing to save others.

    John 5.34 I say, that ye might be saved
    Acts 26.29 I would to God that thou were such as I am
    Gal. 6.13 Desire to have you that may glory in your flesh
    2 Co. 1.12 In Godly sincerity to you-ward
    2 Co. 2.17 As of sincerity speak we in Christ
    1 Th. 2.5 Not flattering, nor covetousness...desirous of you

    3. Grave, serious, not lightness

    Rom. 9.1-3 Great heaviness, continual sorrow
    2 Co. 1.17 Did I use lightness?
    2 Co. 5.10,11 Knowing the terror of the Lord
    Jude 23 Others save with fear

    4. Frank, not with wisdom of men, not pleasing men, not proselytizing

    Exo. 4.10 I am not eloquent
    Jer. 1.6 I cannot speak: for I am a child
    Mark 10.21,22 Jesus loved thing thou lackest
    1 Co. 1.17 Not with wisdom of words
    1 Co. 2.4 Not with enticing words of man'w wisdom
    2 Co. 4.2 Not craftiness, but by manifestation of the truth
    Gal. 1.10 If I pleased men I should not be servant of Christ
    1 Th. 2.4 Not as pleasing men, but God

    5. Aggressive, blunt, rebuking, contentious, fearless

    Luke 11.38-44 Ye fools, hypocrites, woe unto you!
    John 2.14-18 The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up
    Acts 2.23 Ye have taken, wicked hands have crucified
    Acts 4.10 Whom ye crucified
    Acts 7.51-53 Ye stiffnecked, ye do always resist
    Acts 9.22,29 Confounded the Jews, disputed with the Grecians
    Gal. 2.5 We gave place, no, not for an hour
    Jude 3 Earnestly contend for the faith

    6. Energetic, spirited

    Mark 3.17 Sons of thunder
    Isa. 13.2 Exalt the voice, shake the hand
    Eze. 6.11 Smite with thine hand, stamp with thy foot
    Acts 26.1 Paul stretched forth the hand
    Acts 4.33 With great power gave the apostles witness
    Acts 18.28 He mightily convinced the Jews

    F. Subjects of Bible Preaching

    1. Jesus. We preach about Jesus, we learn to praise Jesus.

    Acts 3.20, 5.42 Jesus was preached unto you
    Acts 8.5,35 Preached Christ unto them
    Acts 9.20 He preached Christ in the synagogues
    Acts 17.3,18 Jesus, whom I preach unto you
    Rom. 16.25 The preaching of Jesus Christ
    1 Co. 1.23 We preach Christ crucified
    2 Co. 1.19 Jesus Christ, who was preached among you
    2 Co. 4.5 We preach Christ Jesus the Lord
    Gal. 1.16 To reveal his Son in me
    Php. 1.15 Preach Christ of good will
    Col. 1.28 Whom we preach, warning every man

    2. Repentance. Repentance is the principal demand of both testaments. Without it faith is vain, we preach to produce it, we do not avoid hard doctrines that actually provide the opportunity of repentance in the hearers.

    Mat. 3.2 Repent ye
    Mark 6.12 Preached that men should repent
    Luke 3.3 Preaching the baptism of repentance
    Luke 24.47 Repentance should be preached among nations
    Acts 14.15 We preach that ye should turn from these vanities
    Acts 17.30 Now commandeth all men everywhere to repent
    Acts 26.20 Shewed that they should repent

    3. Faith

    Mark 1.15 Believe the gospel
    John 10.37,38 Believe the works
    Acts 16.31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
    Acts 20.21 Testifying faith toward our Lord
    Rom. 10.8 The word of faith which we preach

    4. The word, doctrine. We teach the ignorant.

    Mat. 10.27 What ye hear, that preach ye
    Mat. 28.19 Teach all nations
    Acts 5.28 Ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine
    Mark 2.2 He preached the word
    Acts 4.2 Preached the resurrection from the dead
    Acts 13.5, 14.25 Preached the word of God
    Acts 17.13 The word of God was preached
    1 Co. 15.12 If Christ be preached that he rose from the dead
    2 Ti. 4.2 Preach the word
    Heb. 4.2 The word preached did not profit them

    5. The law, sins, righteousness, judgment. It has been said that we should not preach against fleshly sins because that implies salvation by works. Nevertheless this subject is Biblical.

    Psa. 40.9 I have preached righteousness
    Isa. 58.1 Shew my people their transgression
    Lam. 2.14 They have not discovered thine iniquity
    John 16.8-10 Reprove the world of sin, righteousness, judgment
    Acts 3.26 Turning away every one from his iniquities
    Acts 24.25 Reasoned righteousness, temperance, judgment
    Rom. 2.21 Preachest a man should not steal
    2 Co. 11.15 Ministers of righteousness
    Tit. 2.10-12 Grace teaches denying ungodliness, worldly lusts
    2 Pe. 2.5 A preacher of righteousness
    Col. 1.28 Warning every man
    2 Th. 2.12 Believe not, had pleasure in unrighteousness
    Heb. 12.4 Striving against sin
    Jude 14,15 To convince of their ungodly deeds

    6. The kingdom of God. The spiritual world, the second coming.

    Luke 9.60 Preach the kingdom of God
    Luke 16.16 The kingdom of God is preached
    Acts 8.12 Preaching things concerning the kingdom of God
    Acts 19.8 Things concerning the kingdom of God
    Acts 28.31 Preaching the kingdom of God

    7. The gospel, forgiveness, salvation

    Isa. 61.1 Preach good tidings
    Mat. 11.5 The gospel preached to them
    Luke 4.18,19 Preach gospel, deliverance, liberty
    Luke 24.47 Remission of sins should be preached
    Acts 13.38 Preached unto you the forgiveness of sins
    1 Co. 1.18 The preaching of the cross
    1 Co. 9.16 I preach the gospel
    1 Co. 15.1-4 The gospel I preached, Christ died for our sins
    Gal. 2.2 The gospel which I preach among Gentiles
    Eph. 3.8 Preach unsearchable riches of Christ
    Acts 10.36 Preaching peace by Jesus Christ
    Eph. 2.17 Came and preached peace to you afar off

    G. Suggestions for preaching:

    1. Remember that truth and accuracy are most important

    a) Quote correctly, know where to find the text
    b) Avoid unclear arguments, twisting scripture, confess ignorance
    c) Do not accuse or allege what you cannot prove

    2. Remember that the message is what is important

    a) Preach from the Scripture
    b) Preach on pertinent, relevant themes
    c) Be specific and detailed, not vague and general
    d) Repeat a lot, quote a lot
    e) Keep it simple
    f) Don't get sidetracked into politics, invented sins, and the like

    3. Remember that being ridiculed is necessary

    a) Do not avoid ridicule, because it awakens curiosity in those that pass by, pricks the conscience of sincere, and illustrates your faith
    b) Do not let mockers guide your message...getting back at them only demonstrates your weakness, fear or anger...and it cheats the sincere listener of your message.
    c) Do not mock when you are mocked. It is not profitable, and even though it might satisfy the flesh for a moment, that is not your objective.

    4. Do not forget that we are in debt to all men

    a) Never assume that no one will believe, always expect someone to be curious, never expect to be ignored.
    b) Give the listener the benefit of the doubt, do not assume he is against you let him tell you so.
    c) Do not feign indifference or apathy when you are rejected
    d) Do not try to draw a crowd, address those listening
    e) Do not speak harshly or severely when it isn't necessary, never in order to shock, get even, or get attention
    f) Do not deceive, let all men know who you are and what you believe
    g) Make sure that all the listeners learn something, even those who pause only a moment, and even those who are obviously not in agreement
    h) Always provide the solution, leave well understood what God expects the listener to do next
    i) Always require a decision, invite to believe, warn the unbelievers, provoke them to choose well

    5. Remember that your faith is demonstrated in your preaching

    a) Be fervent, not delirious or raving, but also not monotone or tired
    b) Never feign passion, meditate your message until it burns in you
    c) Do not use cute expressions, or practiced gestures...let your spirit move you naturally
    d) Do not entertain...teach, clarify, communicate
    e) Speak with grace seasoned with salt, not salt seasoned w/ grace
    6. Keep in mind that you are the hope of those who hear you
    a) Speak with authority, boldness, without fear
    b) Never apologize for your ignorance, or lack of ability...You are not the issue, and you are all they've got.
    c) Remember the gravity of your message, do not become a clown, a beggar, a con-artist, nor a "holier than thou."

    H. Consider and prepare for the natural characteristics of your listeners

    1) They are in a hurry, pertinent, relevant (2 Ti. 2.23)
    2) They are indifferent, urgent, insistent (2 Co. 5.11)
    3) They are bored, spirited, vehement (Acts 18.28)
    4) They are skeptical, accurate, reliable (2 Pe. 1.16)
    5) They are arrogant, meek, genuine (2 Ti. 2.25)
    6) They are distracted, easily focused, distinct (Acts 6.10)
    7) They are forgetful, patient, repetitious (2 Ti. 2.24)


    I. Conclusions. Principles among the Bible's preachers.

    1. Zero Deception

    They taught the whole counsel, even controversial doctrines, without softening, adjusting or modifying...They confessed their faults and true beliefs...They recognized and challenged their enemies...They did not calculate the consequences of their obedience.

    2. Zero Advantage

    They avoided human wisdom and eloquence...They lacked (and didn't miss) education, money, buildings, modern equipment and methods... They did not use entertainment, games, gifts, politics, nor fads...Nor did they use celebrities, popular artists nor heroes... They were decidedly unbusinesslike, disorganized and materially unprepared.

    3. Zero Compromise

    They did not avoid controversy, conflict, persecution, nor even their own death...They did not long for unity, popularity, nor mutual respect...They accepted no truce with a lie, made no friendship with false brethren, countenanced no yoke with unbelievers...They demanded sincere and public decisions of faith, required true repentance and the fruits thereof, expected real humility, commitment, and total surrender...They made nothing easy.

    4. Zero Conditions

    They did not count on success, crowds, a good income, or the respect of their peers... They attached no importance to consequences, trials or persecutions...They were unmoved by failures, betrayals, and disappointments...They were neither pessimists nor dreamers... They demanded nothing from God, not health, wealth, miracles, not even freedom.

    J. Selected Sermons

    -All of the Prophets except Daniel portray Bible preaching.

    John the Baptist (Mat. 3.7-12, Luke 3.2-18) Peter (Acts 2.14-40)
    Jesus (Mat. 11.7-30, Luke 7.24-35) Peter (Acts 3.12-26)
    Jesus (Mat. 23.1-39, Mark 12.38-40) Peter (Acts 4.8-12)
    Jesus (Luke 4.18-27) Stephen (Acts 7.2-53)
    Jesus (Luke 11.29-36) Peter (Acts 10.34-43)
    Jesus (Luke 11.39-54) Paul (Acts 13.16-48)
    Jesus (Luke 12.15-31) Paul (Acts 14.15-17)
    Jesus (John 5.19-47) Paul (Acts 17.22-31)
    Jesus (John 6.26-66) Paul (Acts 22.1-21)
    Jesus (John 7.37,38) Paul (Acts 26.2-23)
    Jesus (John 12.44-50)  

    Take these sermons with care as our examples, and notice:

    Unflattering speech: Generation of vipers
    Accusations of sin: Hypocrites
    Demands of hearers: Fruits meet for repentance
    Warnings of judgment: Thou shalt be brought down to hell
    God's promises, invitations: Come unto me

    -Take care when following Jesus' example, he had a special understanding of men's hearts.

    K. Notes

    John the Baptist (Mat. 3.7-12, Luke 3.2-18)
    -Used strong language...required fruits, ran off hypocrites...belittled traditions, religion, and homeland...exalted Christ...warned of judgment

    Jesus (Mat. 11.7-30, Luke 7.24-35)
    -Quoted Scripture...accused of unbelief, implied they were fools...warned of judgment... Offered a solution, invited

    Jesus (Mat. 23.1-39, Mark 12.38-40)
    -Spoke frankly, specifically, accused directly of: vainglory, hypocrisy, error, sin... taught doctrine...warned of judgment...invited

    Jesus (Luke 4.18-27)
    - Quoted Scripture...Angered his listeners...Accused of unbelief...Warned of damnation

    Jesus (Luke 11.29-36)
    -Accused of evil...spoke of judgment...warned of danger...gave a solution

    Jesus (Luke 11.39-54)
    Accused...called fools and ignorant...taught doctrine...did not try to please...belittled tradition...spoke of judgment

    Jesus (Luke 12.15-31)
    -Dealt with a particular sin...used a parable...called a fool...spoke of judgment...solution

    Jesus (John 5.19-47)
    -Spoke of judgment...accused of ignorance...required study...based doctrine on scripture

    Jesus (John 6.26-66)
    -Spoke hard doctrine purposefully...allowed anger...demanded surrender

    Jesus (John 7.37,38)
    -Offered salvation...used the scripture...invited

    Jesus (John 12.44-50)
    -Explained true faith...invited...spoke of judgment...exhorted to faith