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To serve the Church among the Slavic nations of the world by assisting it to become fully equipped to fulfil the great commission of Jesus Christ

Preach the Word!

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The term ‘preaching’ is widely frowned on today. There is a certain negative connotation associated with preaching. When spiritual and moral issues are being addressed, society at large often resents what they perceive as being ‘preached at.’ Why is there this adverse attitude to preaching? Why is preaching considered a ‘turn off’ for people today?

Sadly, much preaching today consists of what amounts to a mere pep talk rather than a message from God, preached in the power of God with utter dependence upon God! Preachers should not rely upon their talents, intellect, or personality. Rather, from the study to the pulpit they must earnestly and humbly pray for a “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” in the preaching of the Word (1 Cor. 2:4b).

Derek New EditDr Martin Lloyd Jones stated that ‘preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire.’ I am reminded of the lady, who, after sleeping her way through the sermon remarked to the pastor on her way out that she had enjoyed ‘a refreshing time!’ The preaching of God’s Word from the heart will be engaging, inspiring, instructive, challenging, energizing. It was John Owen who said, ‘It is an easier thing to bring our heads to preach than our hearts to preach.’ Preaching should be fresh and relevant, not a stale lecture. Of his own preaching, Martin Luther remarked, “I preach as though Christ was crucified yesterday, rose from the dead today and was coming back tomorrow.”

In the book of Acts, Paul and the other preachers reiterate the themes of the death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s judgment, and the need for personal repentance and belief in Christ.

Evangelical teaching of the exclusiveness of the Gospel of Christ as the only way to God may not be acceptable to many but it is Biblical. If we soft-pedal the clear Scriptural teaching on sin and its consequences of eternal punishment then we do not really preach the Gospel. The Apostle Paul could write, ‘For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.’ He went on to exhort young Timothy to ‘preach the Word.’ It is true, as the Bible makes clear, that the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine but will have teachers to suit their own desires. Nevertheless, proclamation of all God’s Word is the central task of the church.

As you read through this issue of Breakthrough and other SGA publications, you will discover that the proclamation of God’s Word takes prominence. The Gospel is central to all that we endeavour to do in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The establishment of churches and the funding for ‘Houses of Prayer’ have as their aim the provision of places for the preaching of the Word.

Through the faithful preaching of God’s Word people encounter Jesus! Pray that a new generation of faithful preachers will be raised up in our nation and across SGA’s fields of service.