Thursday, April 12, 2007
The Importance and Priority of Preaching
"In summary, preaching was a prominent feature in the ministry methodology of Jesus (Mark 1:38), the stated reason for which He was anointed of the Spirit of God (Luke 4:18-19.) It was the specific work to which He called His disciples (Mark 3:14, 16:15), the reason for which they, too, would be clothed with the power of the Spirit (cf. Luke 24:49). Furthermore, they continued the pattern of this methodology by exhorting subsequent disciples to this same task." Arturo G. Azurdia III in "Spirit-Empowered Preaching"
1 Corinthians 1:18ff (New International Version)
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."