I’ve been on the road for the past 13 days adding more than 4,000 miles on my Honda Pilot. I drove through seven states (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota)! You can check out some of the pictures I took during my trip at our church’s blog.
Past Sunday, I had planned weeks early to just enjoy the worship service like everyone else since I just came back from a long trip on the night before. But I was called to preach within few hours or so! Did this ever happen to you? I was just scrambling at the last minute and praying for God’s help. I was reminded once again Paul’s words to Timothy: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2). To make the long story short, I gave a message titled “Preaching, the Means to Glorify God in a Local Church.”
Briefly, here are some characteristics of good preaching I’ve mentioned:
- Good preaching must be driven by the text of Scripture itself.
- Good preaching is when the text of Scripture or truth of the Bible is explained or expounded.
- Good preaching uses proper hermeneutics – i.e., exegete from its original languages, interpret the Bible grammatically, historically, and literally.
- Good preaching is confrontational.
- Good preaching is a result of hard work.
- Good preaching is interesting and exciting.
By no means am I suggesting that those are the only characteristics of good preaching. I can think of several other points. Perhaps, I can address them in near-future. However, if you’re interested in reading my transcript, click here.