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Questioning God’s Definition of Preaching

8 September 2009

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.”

BUT…he DOES give a helpful list that could be entitled “Questioning God’s Definition of Preaching.  Here is a summary of what he states: image

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.

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One Comments to “Questioning God’s Definition of Preaching”

  1. I must say that I tend to agree with Mr. Powells thoughts on sprucing up the study/preaching of the Word. It speaks for itself and if it is not enough to keep the people in the seats from snoring, than they may need prayer as apposed to a loud or abnoxioius deliverer. Of course, in fellowshiping,it is always nice to find alternative and many ways to share with each other on a weekly/ daily basis to keep Gods Words working and having fun in doing so.

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