Welcome to episode #58 of PROCLAIM! — the podcast that teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”.
Our Scripture Verse on preaching is Exodus 4:10-12 which reads: “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”
Our quote on preaching today is from Horatius Bonar. He said, “Christ crucified is to be the burden of our preaching the substance of our belief from first to last. At no time in the saint’s life does he cease to need the cross.”
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 35” from “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs.
(3) The provision of it. God has both anticipated and supplied the need for the preachers’ education. The student must now lay hold upon this provision and make it his own by diligent application. It is one thing for food to be provided, but quite another to appropriate it for one’s self. It is possible for a person to starve to death in the midst of plenty, simply by a failure to eat the food that has been supplied. Let us look at this abundant provision for the preacher’s education.
(a) The Bible. The preacher will not lack in facilities to improve his education. The Bible comes first and foremost. In fact, the study of the English Bible is a magnificent education in itself, and no one’s education is complete without it. Viewed only as literature it is unsurpassed. “It is cast into every form of constructive composition and good writing: history, prophecy, poetry, allegory, emblematic representation, judicious interpretation, literal statement, precept, example, proverbs, disquisition, epistle, sermon and prayer. In short, all the rational shapes of human discourse are included” (Maclagan).
The Bible is a library in itself and, of course, must be the preacher’s constant companion, and his “Inquire within about everything.” There is no other book in the entire world that can, for one moment, compare with it. It dwarfs into utter insignificance all secular literature. The preacher must saturate himself with the Holy Scriptures. This can only be done as he reads and rereads it, and it thus becomes part and parcel of his very being, influencing and governing his thoughts, words and acts. He must be “a man of the Book” and a master of its contents. He should be able to quote from it freely and thus make its beautiful language his own.
Let’s Pray —