Monday, June 4, 2007

Preaching is a Prime Means for Change & Impact

Evangelical preachers have an agenda. We want to proclaim Christ in the most effective way possible. We want to see people converted and established in the Christian life on the surest foundation - the word of God. We want to see people grow in their spiritual understanding and in godliness. We want to see churches grow, mature, and serve the world by reaching out to it with the gospel and with works of compassion. We want to impact our local communities through evangelism and ministries of caring. And at the heart of this agenda is the conviction that God has charged us with the ministry of preaching and teaching the Bible as a prime means of achieving these goals. ...We believe that preaching is not some peripheral item in the program of the local church, but that it lies at the very heart of what it is to be the people of God. We understand the activity of preaching as the primary way in which the congregations of God's people express their submission to his word.

-- Graeme Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, p.1

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