Preaching and Teaching
"I'm going to preach His birth, death and resurrection - I’ll preach it until Jesus comes." Billy Graham.
Central to Crown Jesus Ministries is the preaching and teaching of the Bible. As Evangelists we hold this ministry dear to our hearts – it is our primary calling to preach and teach the Word of God.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor 6:16 ‘For if I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me, yes, woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel.’ These words are applicable to us today, the Holy Spirit lays this calling upon our lives. This Gospel is clear – Christ came to save sinners and it is through faith in His grace we are saved. It is therefore only natural to exalt Christ and encourage others to believe in him.
Not only are we called to preach the message of Christ but to preach to all classes of people at every opportunity. We are preachers without a pulpit, willing to go where ever the Spirit will lead us. We count it an honour to preach to those who are already in the faith, but our pursuit is to reach those that are lost with the Good News. The Greek word used for preaching is kerugma, which is best defined as ‘The public declaration of the Gospel to the non-Christian world with the view to converting that world.’ (C.H. Dodd)
We do not preach with arrogance, we are very aware of our imperfections compared to those great preachers of old. We have a mountain to climb... however we trust in Him, we trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, the message of the cross and the fear of the Lord to make up for our failings. With boldness we preach the truth asking Jesus to bring sinners to repentance. And He does!
Simply, we must preach because that is what we are called to do. C.H. Spurgeon once said this of those called to preach, “All earth might forsake him, but he would preach to the mountain-tops. If he has the call of heaven, if he has no congregation, he would preach to the rippling waterfall and let the brooks hear his voice. He could not be silent and with eagle's wings he must fly.”
We have preached in many pulpits and in many denominations throughout Ireland. We are sensitive to our audience and respectful of the work and ministry of others but we do not compromise our message. We preach for a response - throwing out the net and trusting God for a great shoal of fish.
We are people who love to teach the Bible and its disciplines. As we learn from God each day we are enthused to share His message with others. Our teaching comes with the joy of learning and as we build others up we too are built up. The Bible is a double edged sword cutting into our lives as much as into the lives of those who listen. We pray that God will use our words to meet people at their point of need, not relying on our own agenda or a few favourite subjects but rather trusting the Lord to lead us to the right text and message.
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2Tim 4:2 "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching."
Lord, help us to live out this verse for the Glory and Honour of your name. Amen.