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Preachers are human beings just like everyone else is. They can fail like anybody else can. They don’t walk on water. They bleed when cut, and cry when they are hurt. But we should never view the significance of their preaching through the lens of their humanity.
Isn’t it amazing that God calls and entrusts human vessels with the stewardship of His infallible Word? It is for this reason we should give due honor to preachers and pastors. They are called to be holy vessels through whom God can speak to us out of His Word. In short, preachers are messengers of God. We should receive them as such.
Consider these words of Paul the apostle to the church at Thessalonica: “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the Word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God…” (1 Thess. 2:13). So what is your attitude toward preaching when you hear it? Do you just regard the words of the preacher as the words of men? Or do you receive them as God speaking to you? The church at Thessalonica did the latter.
Let’s focus on the following portion of Paul’s statement above: “when you received the Word of God which you heard of us.” In other words, what the church heard Paul and the apostles minister was the “Word of God.” The premise of the question posed in the title of this blog post is that the preaching I am referring to is Bible-preaching. If one’s preaching is not Bible-based, his words are merely the words of men.
Members of a congregation vary in their attitude toward preaching. Some come to hear preaching each week and walk away each week as if God said nothing. Some attendees play on their mobile devices or do other things while the preacher passionately preaches. But when the Word of God is being preached, we should listen with undivided attention.
Why? Because the Word of God is God speaking to us.
It all comes down to what one believes about the Bible. Some people don’t believe it to be the Word of God. Even when they hear biblically-based preaching, they don’t embrace it as the Word of God but the words of men. The power in the Word of God, however, is released only in the lives of those who receive it as the Word of God.
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