Tuesday is for Preaching
For five years before coming to Illinois to plant a church planting church, I taught preaching at a seminary in California. I left the seminary to plant a church that would plant churches and be committed to the exposition of books of the Bible. I was and am convinced that God’s people need authoritative teaching, from gifted teachers, on a regular and systematic basis.
- But this does not mean that those gifted teachers need to be seminary trained. (I’m not against seminary training. I have taught at 3 seminaries, studied at four, have multiple seminary degrees and I’m working on another.)
- It does not mean that they need to know Greek and Hebrew. (I minored in Greek in College, love Hebrew and think both languages are important and helpful to the task. I just don’t think they are necessarily necessary.)
- It does not mean that they can’t be young and relatively inexperienced. (Or old and experienced, or old and inexperienced.)
- It doesn’t mean that the environment in which that teaching occurs always looks like a pulpit on Sunday morning.
So let’s have a discussion about what is necessary to sound, authoritative preaching of the word of God.
What should we look for, what should we cultivate, what sets apart great teachers of the word of God?