Do you have a preaching philosophy? If you’re looking for a good, solid, biblical philosophy of preaching, it only needs to be 14 words long:
“Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
That was Paul’s instruction to Titus in Titus 2:15, and it sounds like a good philosophy to me. It’s not a philosophy of general preaching, though. It’s a philosophy of fearless preaching. And fearless preaching is what God calls for and it’s what our people need.
David Larsen said, “The pulpit is no place for preachers who stutter.” He’s right. There is no place for weak men to stand behind weak pulpits preaching weak messages.
Man-pleasers make poor preachers. So Paul gives four expressions of fearless, authentic, and authoritative preaching: preaching without distortion, manipulation, hesitation, and intimidation.
Fearless preaching is faithful preaching, so we better know how to do it.
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