We began the study by reading in the first 5-10 minutes a snippet from God is the Gospel. Most of the people, who are not familiar with Piper, were struck at his famous question: "If you could have heaven... could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?"
I appreciate the question. But as I continued to read, I was gripped again by this truth: I am employed in the great task of getting people fit for heaven. After asking the reader the above question, Piper addressed these questions to Christian leaders:
"Can we really say that our people are being prepared for heaven where Christ himself, not his gifts, will be the supreme pleasure? And if our people are unfit for that, will they even go there? Is not the faith that takes us to heaven the foretaste of the feast of Christ?"
Preaching and teaching God's Word is not a mere intellectual exercise. Neither is it merely a cathartic emotional display or merely a large group counseling session scheduled for every Sunday morning. Preaching and teaching God's Word is not theological debate. Nor is it simply some abstract exercise is discipleship or accountabilty.
We preach and teach God's Word to make His people fit for heaven. Our aim is to ready the people of God to delight in their God! And as Tripp puts it in War of Words, "Our words are the principal tool God uses in the work he does through us." When we preach and teach, God is using the instrument of His Word conveyed by human words to create a longing and a preparedness in the hearts of His people for Him.
What a high calling is preaching! What an awesome privilege! How amazing it is to give people "a foretaste of the feast of Christ" through preaching and teaching! What a noble task--to be used of God to fit people for heaven where they shall delight in God himself! Oh, I feel like preaching!