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Prepare for Preaching

Chad Haygood

Toward the end of his letter to Timothy, the final letter we have from the Apostle Paul in Scripture, we read this charge from Paul to Timothy, "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching."

One of the final charges that Timothy received from his mentor, friend, and father in the faith is that he would preach the word. This word that Paul described earlier as breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness he urgently charges Timothy to PREACH! Timothy is to proclaim aloud the word of God that reveals Christ and makes us wise for salvation. This is to be Timothy's labor.

As a pastor, I hear God's marching orders for myself when I read these words from 2 Timothy. But is this all that God intends for us to learn from these verses, what pastors ought to be doing? While certainly this charge for pastors like Timothy is important and must necessarily be followed in order to be faithful in our ministerial tasks, there is much to be learned by one who doesn't call himself a pastor. What we learn in these first couple of verses in 2 Timothy 4 is not only what is important for pastors to do but what is important for the growth and well-being of the church.

Paul charges Timothy to preach the word because it is through this preaching that salvation will be revealed, people will grow, and false teaching will be thwarted. Preaching is a primary means through which God is accomplishing these things. As C.J. Mahaney once said, "There is no more important moment in the life of the church than being addressed by God through the preaching of the Word."

This should cause us to ask ourselves, "How do I approach the preaching of the word?" Do you lazily plant yourself before the word and dutifully listen to a pastor preach? Has Sunday morning become nothing more than a routine for you? Is preaching boring to you? If so, what does this reveal about your belief regarding the importance of the preached Word?

Please hear me, I am not willing to vouche for the quality of the preaching you receive every Sunday. Being the primary teaching pastor I know there is much better preaching out there. However, I do know that God intends to do glorious, incredible things among us as we sit under the preaching of his word. This is a moment that we should come prepared for. This is a moment that we sould anticipate. Preaching is something that we should hunger for and we ought to expect tremendous things to be done in our lives as we sit under the preaching of the word. 

Nothing is more important in your life than being addressed by God through the preaching of his word. The value of preaching cannot be over-stated. How will you arrive on Sunday? Come hungry and come full of anticipation. God will do miraculous things!