Good Old-Fashioned Preaching

Question:

“What happened to the type of preaching we had in the 50’s and 60’s?”

Answer:

We tend to “remember” things from our younger days in a special way and our selective memories enhance the good parts. I suspect the same is true with preaching. The apostle Paul told Timothy,

“Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you… Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (1 Timothy 4: 16; 2 Timothy 4:2).

Preachers in every generation need to pay close attention to these words. Some may demonstrate more ability in their preaching than others, and the “style” of some may appeal more to certain people, but the message should be the same: the saving gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16, 17).

Don’t make the mistake of “judging” preaching by the standards of 2010, 1990, 1970 or 1950.

The only standard to use to judge any preaching is the Bible. We don’t have any complete sermons preached by the apostles Paul or Peter. But we know the message they preached; even if we don’t know what “style” they used to preach it. Listen carefully to your preacher (with an open Bible and an open mind) and it may surprise you how much you can learn from the sermon!

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