Reasons For Preaching the Bible (2)

W. Terry Varner
October 27, 2013

When the Bible uses the word preach, it conveys a very unique message. Bible preaching comes from the Bible. It is the proclaiming and explaining the greatest book in the world—the Bible. In Paul’s time, some in the world considered preaching of the cross foolishness (1 Cor. 1:21), and because the world will not accept it, it is perishing. The preaching of the Bible is “the power of God” because it is God’s instrument-through which He appointed salvation (1 Cor. 15:1-3). In fact, the preaching of the Bible is the only means through which a knowledge of salvation may be obtained. Consider additional reasons why I preach the Bible.

God’s Word is an Authoritative Revelation of God. The preacher is a messenger of God; i.e. the preacher speaks the Word of God in behalf of God, not in my own behalf. When I preach the Bible I preach the authority of God to which all men are amenable or subject. Our souls are subject to the sovereign God, whether we admit it or not.

My preaching is not advance my own ideas, but rather to represent correctly the teaching of God Almighty. So I am to do my best to make known God’s revealed truth found in the Bible to bear on the minds and lives of men.

God’s Word Exalts Christ as the Head of the Church. The Bible teaches that Christ is the head of the church which is His body. “And He is the head of the body, the church” (Col. 1:18). God made Christ “to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22-23).

The preacher is not the head of the church, nor is any elder or self-appointed individual. When anyone assumes to be the head of the church he is guilty of mutiny against Christ who is the head. When an individual sets the Scriptures apart from his preaching, he silences the voice of God.

Men have suffered death over exalting Christ as head of the church. John Hus lost his life over this very issue. On 6 July 1415, Hus taught that Christians composed the church, that the Bible was the authority over the church and not man, and that Jesus Christ was the head of the church. Hus was removed from his prison cell, tied to the stake, and burned alive. Before he was burned, he was given one last time to recant that Christ was the head of the church. He refused. His dying prayer: “Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.”

When we preach the Bible, we preach that all men are subject to God’s authority and thereby exalt the headship of Christ over the church, His body.

God’s Word is HOW God Sanctifies His People. Jesus taught, “Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth” (John 17:17). We preach the Word of God in order to be under the authority of God. Consequently, the preacher must open the Bible and preach what it means, what it allows, and what it demands of man (cf. Matt. 18:18). There is a woe on the preacher who does not do so (1 Cor. 9:16).

God’s Word Governs our Worship and Life. How to worship God is set forth in the Bible. Our worship must in truth (John 4:24). Likewise, the Bible governs how to walk as God wants. When we fail to preach how we are to live, we leave unsuspecting Christians vulnerable to Satan. One day each will give an account to God for how we have lived life (2 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14:10).