This morning’s session with Pastor Barry McGaffin was by far my favourite to date. The apologetics and evangelism presentations yesterday by Andy and David were good, but Pastor Barry’s message so resonated with my heart because he talked about one of my passions: Preaching the Word! The title for his message was: “Hey bucko – you can do this!”
In his message, he took us on a journey through Second Timothy, what was probably the last letter written by the Apostle Paul before his martyrdom, to a young pastor.
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ… Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
We are living in a day and an age where people don’t want to hear the truth of God’s Word, but instead are turning aside from the eternal, unchanging truth of God’s Word to fluffy, emergent preachers who are not really preachers, but who are proclaiming more doubt than faith, and causing the shipwreck of people’s faith.
So many pastors have abandoned the proclamation of the Word of God as truth, and have instead turned to asking questions, discussing and dialoguing, without giving any answers, truth or hope to their hearers. So it was encouraging to me to see him challenging our Canadian Foursquare Pastors to be faithful to preach the Word of God. To study to show themselves faithful workers in the Word (2 Tim. 2:15).
He encouraged us to not be ashamed to preach the Word, even though the message of the Cross is foolishness to many. Paul said he was compelled to preach, and Jesus said He was anointed to preach (Luke 4:18), and we are all called to preach the Gospel into all the world (Mark 16:15 & Matthew 28:18-20). He said that the Word is useful, and if we preach it, the Word will do the work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Martin Luther said, “I did nothing. The Word did it all.”
If you are a pastor, teacher or a missionary, I want to issue the same challenge to you today: Preach the Word! Don’t be ashamed of the truth of the Bible. The living, powerful, eternal Word of God can change and transform people’s lives today. Amen…
Pastor Chris Jordan
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