GOSPEL PREACHING

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God’s preacher is gentle, while seeking to correct sin in the lives before him (2 Cor 4:7). His heart’s desire is that all would be saved. Much preaching today is not gospel preaching. Gospel Preaching is far more than speaking eloquently on morals, enthralling an audience with oratorical power and humor in clergy garments or even suits and ties. God gave the message to be preached: the word of God (John 16:13-14). It is to be preached whether popular or not (2 Tim 4:2). Nothing is to be omitted (Acts 20:27). He speaks in love, not harshly (Eph 4:15). He cares deeply for others (I Thes 2:8) and speaks the truth in love (Eph 4:15). His first interest is to please Christ who enrolled him in this service (2 Tim 2:4). His aim is not to please men (Gal 1:10). He pleads with lost men to be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20) through obedience in faith, repentance and baptism for forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). He avoids foolish and ignorant questions that produce strife (2 Tim 2:23,24; Rom 10:1). He pours out his life to God as a living sacrifice on the altar of service (Rom 12:1; 1 Pet 2:5; 1 Tim 4:6).

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