Weekly Bible Study
Tuesday 11th August 2020
Topic: SEVEN REASONS FOR PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD.
Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-4.
Sir Walter Scott who was an author of many books and the possessor of a great library, said, “There is but one book, the Bible.” The Bible is the oldest book in existence. It required sixteen centuries to write it; the first writer died 1450 years before the last writer was born. The Bible leads itself to translation and has been translated in whole or in part in more than a thousand languages and dialects. What a beautiful testimony about the Bible.
In Mark 2:2, Jesus faced the multitude and made a tremendous decision; it was to preach the Word of God. In the same vein, we all are sent to preach not a new Church but Christ as He is revealed in the Bible. We must preach the Bible because it endures for time and eternity. (Isiah. 40:8) The preaching of the word of God has so many benefits. Six of then we shall consider today.
1. Conviction of sin comes through the preaching of the Word of God. (Acts 2:14-37) In Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, nine verses out of 23 are quotations from the Old Testament.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Rom. 10:17) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
2. Cleansing comes from the Word of God. (II Corinthians. 7:1) “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” The promises are the words of God.
3. Assurance comes from the Word of God. (1 John 5:13) “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
4. Comfort comes from the Word of God. (1 Thessalonians. 4:18) “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” These words are the words recorded in the Bible.
5. Truth comes from the Word of God. (Acts 17:11) “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so.”
6. The new birth comes from the Word of God. (1 Pet. 1:23) “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God.”
The responsibility of preaching the word of God is given to all Christians, not just Pastors. Therefore, each of us must endeavor to understand the word of so as to preach it correctly and accurately. Preaching or proclaiming the word of God is an assignment given to us all. How faithful are you in that assignment?