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Sunday, October 18, 2017 am                                            NT Church 2017 Index

 

THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH 2017 (30)
Leaders In the Church (10)
The Preacher/Evangelist (2)

 Today we conclude our study of leaders in the Lord’s Church.  Last week we began discussing the evangelist noting the need and some qualities he needs to have in his work.  Today we want to notice what his work involves based upon 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus.

 I.                     Do the work of an evangelist -2 Timothy 4:5

a.       It is a job.  Recall that an evangelist is a proclaimer of the gospel.   Paul says this twice – do the work, fulfill your ministry. 

b.       A preacher has a work to do.  He answers directly to God and the Lord for how he does this work.   Colossians 1:25, Paul speaks of being “a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God.”

c.        He will also answer to the elders of the congregation he has been entrusted to work with.
First, because he is a Christian and part of that congregation who needs to be doing his best.
Second, because he is a leader by the work he does, he has accountability for that.  I think of the parable of the talents.  Here is one with greater talent and he is expected to be using it.  (Matthew 25:20-31).  1 Corinthians 4:1-2, a steward is required to be faithful. 
Third, because they have chosen to support him in his work.  They have a right to expect him to do “the work of an evangelist.

Scriptures also address supporting the preacher – 1 Corinthians 9:4-14, esp. 12-14ff, Philippians 4:15-16 – Paul was supported by the brethren in Philippi to do his work. 

 II.                   Preach the Word

a.       2 Timothy 4:2-3 – Preach the word

                                                   i.      He is “preach the word” - proclaim the gospel of Christ.    This really is the focus of his job.  But there are many things to consider in this.

                                                 ii.      It should be “the whole counsel of God” – cf. Acts 20:27 (remember, Paul described himself as a preacher – 1 Timothy 2:7).  Matthew 28:20 notes that we teach them to “observe ALL things commanded”. 
NOTE: This is a challenge as he only has so much time and so many things to address.  Depending on the congregation, he must balance his preaching with everyone. 

                                                iii.      He must preach “in season and out of season” – when convenient and when it is not.  There are times his preaching is unpleasant, but that is often when it is needed the most.
A preacher cannot choose to never address a subject.  Often when a congregation or elders request that a certain subject be avoided, it is because there is a problem with that.  Therefore, the preacher is under obligation BY GOD to address that.

                                                iv.      He must Convince – reprove – KJV, NASB – a word meaning to convict.  This is the same word used in John 8:9 where Jesus dealt with the adulterous woman accused (they were convicted by their conscience); Ephesians 5:11 – expose them.  Titus 2:15 - rebuke. 
A preacher needs to PROVE what is true and why one needs to change or keep going. 

                                                  v.      He must rebuke – a word meaning to reprimand or denounce.  It also carries the idea of giving a strong warning.  Those who are sinning need to be rebuked. 
 When Nathan told David, “You are the man”, that was rebuke (2 Samuel 12:7). 
When Paul withstood Peter, he rebuked him (Galatians 2:13-14)
Sometimes, a preacher needs to point out the sins he observes and maybe even make specific application.  This is when preaching can get uncomfortable. 

                                                vi.      He must exhort – a word meaning to encourage or entreat.  Sometimes the word is translated (NKJV) as urge, pleading or imploring.  The word is also translated comfort. 
The point is we give direction toward change in our preaching.

                                              vii.      NOTE: I’ve heard concerning this text that it says preaching should be 2/3 negative and 1/3 positive.  Rather than that I see it as a formula for dealing with WHATEVER needs to be addressed – you convince the audience (teaching them what they need to say), you then make the application to them (rebuke) and then exhort (encourage) them to make the necessary changes. 

                                             viii.      He sees an urgency – the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.  A preacher must realize that he only has limited time to reach someone.  Therefore, when he sees the need to preach about something, it needs to be done sooner rather than later.  To delay is to ignore or risk failure. 
Paul warned the time would come.  Men would no longer be willing to hear. 

b.       His preaching should

                                                   i.      Help brethren see the value of God’s word - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – all scripture is inspired of God and is profitable. 

                                                 ii.      Expose error – both the error and those teaching it – 2 Peter 2:1-3, Ephesians 5:11

                                                iii.      Expose unhealthy teaching – 1 Timothy 1:3-4 – where Paul begins his letter.  Not just error, but obsession about meaningless things. 

                                                iv.      Call the saints to godly living – Titus 3:1-2

                                                  v.      Challenge complacency – Romans 12:11. When we are drifting, we need to be warned.

                                                vi.      Seek to save souls – 1 Timothy 4:16. This really is the goal. 

                                              vii.      Mark those who cause divisions – Romans 16:17, Eph. 5 11

                                             viii.      Contend for the faith – Jude 3.  He needs to equip the saints to give a defense – 1 Peter 3:15, Ephesians 4:11-12

                                                ix.      Restore the erring – James 5:19-20, cf. Galatians 2:11-14

                                                  x.      Bring glory and praise to God – Galatians 1:10, 1 Peter 4:11

c.        His preaching is NOT:

                                                   i.      Just telling stories – there is nothing wrong with giving illustrations (that’s what parables were) to help people understand some point.  But preaching needs to focus on what the Bible says.  The illustrations should accentuate the text, rather than the text accentuating the illustration. 

                                                 ii.      Tickling ears – 2 Timothy 2:3-4.  Too many today see preaching as about entertaining the audience.  Seeking to make them feel good.  I’m all for making someone feel good, but NOT by ignoring sinful conduct and its consequences. 

                                                iii.      Politically correct – though not striving to be offensive, a preacher cannot put popular social views over the truth.

                                                iv.      Biased – always in favor of one over the other.

                                                  v.      About what he wants to advance – preaching is not the place for personal hobbies

                                                vi.      To bully others

                                              vii.      To solve the problems of society – though he will use God’s word to help YOU act properly in various areas – whether marriage, finances, morality, etc. 

 This is the preaching he is to do.  Next we will notice how he is to set the proper example.