Tuesday is for Preaching
How do our people learn how to proclaim the gospel? It is a pretty simple question but one that is not asked very often.
Let’s face facts. When we offer EE classes, or evangelism training or sermonic exhortations to proclaim the gospel or recommendations for books to be read or whatever it is that you do in your congregation, the reality is that those classes, those books, those trainings and those exhortations are among the lowest attended and least applied messages we give. So where do they learn how to do it?
The culture is growing more and more antagonistic toward Christianity. The rise of evangelistic atheism (see Hawkins, Harris, Dawkins, Hitchins, Brooks), a hostile media toward objective truth, a religiously pluralistic context at schools and work, all these and much more combine to intimidate the average believer into shutting his mouth about his or her faith.
Thesis: Our best opportunity to equip the saints for the work of the ministry of reconciliation is in preaching the gospel week-in/week-out, message by message as we preach expositionally book-by-book-by book.
We have said for years that our people learn to study their Bibles by the way that we preach the Bible. Well the same is true in terms of how they learn to share the gospel. When we, the preachers in the pulpit, become more skilled in week-after-week proclaiming the Bad News/Good News in a clear, complete, logical and sequential fashion, they, the brothers and sisters in our congregations, will begin to learn how to proclaim the gospel.