In thinking through what defines great preaching (see recent “Top 100” post), I came across an article from The Carolina Messenger by David N. Powell titled “God’s Definition of Preaching” (The Carolina Messenger seems to be a paper of the non-instrumental churches of Christ)
I know nothing of Mr. Powell, except that the article says he preaches in Bluefield, WV. The article is not even dated.
The article does not explicitly define great preaching (or even preaching) and doesn’t explicitly lay out what “God’s Definition of Preaching” entails. The closest he comes is to quote Nehemiah 8:8- “They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.”
I question God’s definition of preaching when I…
- put decibels over doctrine (God used both trained & untrained preachers. He examined the heart, not their tongues or college degrees). 2 Timothy 4:2
- put undue emphasis on excitement (style over substance has always been the downfall of the shallow) 2 Timothy 4:3-5
- feel his message will fail unless augmented by my ability. (“The excitement ought to be from the truth realized during sermon preparation and not merely as some speaking tactic. Some put on a preaching voice that is as phony as Monopoly money. Why in the world do they feel the need to jazz up their delivery? Is the Bible so dull, or study so infrequent, and our members’ attention so short that God’s book is not enough? Anything I do that draws
attention to me takes attention from what I supposed to be heralding.”) Romans 16:18
- put my oratory over his oracles. I Cor. 2:4-5; 2 Cor. 11:6; I Cor. 2:2
At least worthy of consideration. Find it here.