The importance of good preaching

It is God’s wish to reach everyone with the gospel message, and he’s gone to great lengths to make it possible. He gave us a conscience that lights up when the true gospel is preached ((2 Corinthians 4:2), and he pours out his Spirit all over the world to enable us humans to understand truth when we hear it (Acts 2:18). So he hasn’t made it difficult for us to understand the gospel message. In fact, Romans 10:8, “‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the world of faith we are proclaiming.”

God, therefore, has certainly done his part to enable us humans to “confess with our mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead,” verse 9, so that he can then “richly bless ALL who call on him,” verse 12.

But the key to that actually happening is good preaching, because, as Paul asks in verse 14, “How can people call on the one they have not believed in?” In other words, what’s the likelihood of people turning to Jesus if they’ve never been given a reason for turning to him? “And,” Paul continues, “how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” because if people haven’t heard anything about Jesus worth listening to, why on earth would they even want to believe in him?

So how do people get to hear about Christ in a way that rings true to them – and in a way that they want to hear more? Well, Paul asks in verse 14, “How can they hear without someone preaching to them?” What they need is a good preacher. Someone who can explain to them, in words they can easily grasp, who Jesus is, why God sent him, and what he’s doing now. Because that’s the way God set things up. He isn’t reaching people by talking to them personally – like a voice in their heads – he’s reaching people through good preaching.

He makes sure that such preachers exist too, because, as Paul asks yet again, “How can they preach unless they are sent?” verse 15. But God has always sent good preachers, from the Judges and Prophets in the Old Testament, to the apostles and preachers in the New Testament. And the proof they are preachers sent by God is that they “bring good news!” verse 15. If there’s any bad news in their message, it’s a clue right there that they haven’t been sent by God.

God set things up so that it’s good preaching about the good news that people respond to. That’s why good preaching is so important.

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