Friday, November 06, 2009

Preaching As Worship

Jeff Purswell with a brief biblical theology of preaching as the central event in the gathered worship of God's people:

Throughout salvation history, all the way into the new covenant, God’s Word is at the center of worship. The early church devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and every church was nourished on God’s Word, all the way down to the last chapter of the last book that Paul wrote, where he tells Timothy to preach the Word “in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2).

Why? Why so much preaching? Why all this talking? Because the primary way we encounter God in worship is through the preaching of the Word of God.

Think about it this way. Normally, in what we call “worship,” we spend significant time—perhaps the whole time—addressing God, singing to him, praising him, extolling him, praying to him. Wonderful! But in preaching we are no longer addressing God; he is addressing us. Nothing is more important than this moment. And this is why the most important worship leader in your church is your pastor.

That really gets to the heart of preaching. The Bible is not simply a book that we talk about. When God’s Word is faithfully preached, God is addressing us. God is speaking. We hear not merely a man’s voice. We hear the voice of God.

Read the entire post here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember with much affection my earlier days in the Holiness church I grew up in. Each time the preacher was being introduced we were told "And now, we've come to the most important part of the service." These days, alas, "Praise and Worship" is.

Sometimes I wonder if it's because the prophetic element of preaching is missing. Our preachers have been doing a poor job... What is there to look forward to?