Our Scripture Verse on preaching is Mark 16:15 which reads: “And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Our quote on preaching today is from John R. Rice. He said, “What a compelling motive we have for prayer, for preaching, for soul winning when we learn that every responsible human being who leaves this world without a definite change in heart immediately lifts his eyes in Hell, tormented in flame!”
In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and His Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.
Today, our topic is titled “The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 31” from “The Preacher and His Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs.
— (1) The need for it.
Surely the Lord’s work demands the very best that is within one’s power to give. Each young believer should be able to truthfully sing:
Just as I am, young, strong, and free,
To be the very best that I can be
For truth and righteousness and Thee,
Lord of my life, I come!
God places no premium, or value on ignorance. The penalty of willful ignorance is deeper, darker, more gross and more abysmal ignorance, to the point the victim becomes so steeped in it that he becomes complacent and even proud of his lack of knowledge. One such person was once heard to pray, “O, Lord, I thank Thee that I don’t know nothing!” Another such individual once remarked to a group of people: “I am thankful for my ignorance.” One of them replied, “Well, you certainly have a great deal to be thankful for!”
The Bible puts the matter thus, “If a man (will) be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” The idea that “anything is good enough for the Lord’s work” certainly has no support from the Word of God. On the contrary, it is soundly condemned. The Christian is enjoined to show himself “approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” This demands the very best he can give, in the way of concentrated study, painstaking preparation and arrangement, and the earnest presentation of the preaching material. The best of our time, energy and ability should be placed unreservedly at the disposal of the Lord, for the work of the Lord. As Oswald Chambers so tersely put it, “My utmost for His Highest!”