The Relevance of Preaching

Authority in the Word


Have pastors become too "preachy" for a modern day audience? Should preachers think of creative alternative ways of describing what they do? Or does preaching still matter to people today? Pastors John Piper, Voddie Baucham, and Miguel Núñez believe it does. Together, they discuss the enduring value of committed expository preaching as well as its power in calling the body of Christ to faithful obedience.

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Voddie Baucham serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. Miguel Núñez serves as the Senior Pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and President of Wisdom and Integrity Ministries.


How would you answer the question of preaching's relevancy? What purpose do you see it having in the life of the church? What about the world at-large?
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Voddie noted how he sees many younger pastors today trying to describe their profession as something other than a "preacher," as though the term has negative connotations. Have you observed this in other pastors? As a pastor, have you been tempted to do the same? Why do you think some preachers choose a different way of describing what they do?
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How would you describe the nature of preaching? What place does it have in your life? How about the life of your congregation?
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If the authority of Scripture comes from the text itself as opposed to the preacher, how do you seek to communicate that in the way you preach? How do you ensure your people hear the revelation of God rather than personal opinion?
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Do you utilize expositional preaching? If not, what is your approach to communicating the text? What are the advantages/disadvantages?
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In light of this discussion, can you identify any ways your approach to preaching needs to change? If so, what are they? What adjustments will you make going forward?
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Whether or not people desire it, preaching retains a crucial relevance for life today. As the Apostle Paul wrote, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (Rom. 10:17). God has chosen the preaching of His Word to be the primary means by which the lost come to faith. Take confidence in Scripture. Let it be the authority in your life and preach it to others with conviction and grace.


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