Cool preaching vs. content

Posted 1/21/22

Brothers and sisters, perhaps we agree that the pulpit or ministerial stage should not be a platform for sensationalism. Just preach the Bible. Proclaim God’s message. Do preachers need to be …

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Cool preaching vs. content

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Brothers and sisters, perhaps we agree that the pulpit or ministerial stage should not be a platform for sensationalism. Just preach the Bible. Proclaim God’s message. Do preachers need to be cool, or is the content of the sermon more important?

Where to start?

First, should the church be a money-making, entertainment business or a place of worship?

Money or souls?

Next, preachers, just preach the Word of God, and that is enough. Messages do not have to be funny stories or quotations from famous philosophers; instead, preach the Word. Don’t worry about trying to flaunt a big-personality arena, trying to be cool with the young folks or trying to be so creative with new revelations. We need the anointing, altar calls and gospel preaching with conviction. Let’s get back to the burden of evangelism. Lift Him up, and He will do the drawing (John 12:32).

In 2 Timothy 4, Apostle Paul exhorted young Timothy to be a Godly pastor: Preach the non-compromising gospel/sound doctrine, not false teachings. Timothy was required to teach (2 Timothy 2:24) and preach, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

“Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2). Paul instructed Timothy to preach the Word. Be ready, whether or not the time seems convenient. Point out errors, warnings and encouragement.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears … and they will turn their ears away from the truth…” (2 Timothy 4:3,4). Preach Christ’s finished work on the cross, because humans would rather hear smooth things — something to scratch itching ears.

Preachers, don’t be afraid of empty seats and losing money. Really, how much pressure is there to preach keep-them-happy, keep-sending-the-money sermons? Preach the pure Word.

Next, here are other questions:

Where is the accountability? Some leaders are found in error with no accountability, so they go unchecked for years. Where are nurturing mothers in Zion who instruct ladies, for example, if they are switching a little too tight up there while leading Praise and Worship? Why run from conference to conference? Are there unproductive church ministries that need to be revamped or slashed? Can somebody please turn the lights on and turn the disco lights off in the sanctuary? God doesn’t need all that to illuminate His glory. Where are today’s Pauls who pull preachers aside and have conversations about message content and delivery?

Good old-fashioned advice: Let’s forgive errant leaders, for we are all human and need mercy, but accountability is yet necessary.

Prayer: Lord, do it. Do it for me right now. Lord, it’s me again, standing in the need of prayer. Not my brother. Me. Victory! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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