Reasons For Preaching The Bible (1)

W. Terry Varner
October 13, 2013

Preaching Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:1-2) is truly a great work. Sometimes, the preacher, as well as members, do not understand the nature and importance of preaching the Bible. Preaching must be the truth and the truth must be preached effectively. Preachers should, because of the nature of preaching, desire to always improve their effectiveness. After preaching 59 years, allow me to share some reasons why I preach the Bible.    '

God’s Word is Timeless and Powerful. The Bible alone is God’s eternal and divinely empowered message to man. It is timeless because we cannot exhaust it either in its freshness and richness, its depth of subject matter, or its ability to impact lives. It is timeless because its Author (God) is timeless—regardless how the culture changes, God and God’s Word (Bible) never changes.

The Bible is powerful because it is from the all-powerful God. It is this reason that preaching the Bible changes the lives of men and women because it reaches into the deepest portions of their hearts. In that the Bible contains all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), it contains all that people need for each and every aspect of life. That makes the Bible ever relevant or timeless. We are not to preach to be popular.

God’s Word teaches us Salvation. Peter expressed this point well in John 6:68, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” The Bible makes clear that man is in need of salvation. Man may not realize this to be true or he may reject the Bible and thereby refuse salvation in Christ, but the Bible teaches man’s real need of salvation from sin. The Bible is God’s message of salvation to the sinner (Rom. 1:16) and the same Bible message keeps the saved saved (Rom. 1:17). Man’s great need is to understand that his eternal needs are more important than his temporal. It does not make sense for man to focus on his temporal needs to the neglect of his spiritual needs—forgiveness and salvation.

God’s Word sets forth Divine Truth with Clarity and Certainty. The clarity of God’s Word is known as perspicuity; i.e. God’s Word is clear and can be comprehended or understood. This does not mean that the Bible does not contain deep thoughts beyond our comprehension. It does. What it means is that God’s Word is clear and understandable in matters that are essential to salvation. David says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). “The unfolding of Your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (PS. 119:130).

When we deny the clarity of the Scriptures, then we can reject any biblical doctrine since we can not be certain that the Bible actually means what it says. This removes any firm foundation for our faith in God. Once the clarity of the Bible is rejected and/or denied, then it is a fact—you forfeit all confidence and conviction. One writer who rejects the clarity of the Bible wrote: “Certainty is overrated. I have gone out of my way to be provocative, mischievous, and unclear, reflecting my belief that certainty is sometimes overrated, and that shock, obscurity, playfulness, and intrigue (carefully articulated) often stimulate more thought than clarity” (A Generous Orthodoxy 23). It is arrogant to claim God has not spoken with clarity. We can understand what we need to do to please God. Clarity of Scripture is critical and basic. Ambiguity is deadly and produces nothing. Scripture is clear!