A theology of preaching.

The following is an outline of our proclamation course for Faith Bible Institute. The outline is based on a book by Peter Adams, “Speaking God’s Word.”

Proclamation outline outline

  1. God has spoken, It was written, preach the word.
    1. This book for a practical theology of preaching was given at an important time in my life.
  2. Three biblical foundations of preaching.
    1. The ministry of the Word in the Bible includes the writing and reading of Scripture and the use of Scripture in personal exhortation and encouragement as well as in public teaching and preaching.  Preaching is best understood as one part of the ministry of the Word, and it derives its theological character from the biblical basis for all aspects of the ministry of the Word.
    2. God has spoken.
      1. God’s revelation begins with a sermon; God preaches and the world was made.  God said, “let there be light,” and there was light. Six sermons are preached in a wonderful sequence; the Word of God is proclaimed in heaven’s pulpit and all come to pass; the preaching forms the universe…the Word preached is no empty word; it accomplishes what it pleases and never returns void to him who speaks.
      2. God speaks, and his words are powerful, effective and creative of reality.  The God who speaks is the God who acts through his words.
        1. Psalm. 115:3-8 – idols on dumb and incompetent
        2. Isaiah 41:21-23,25-28
        3. Pro. 7:1-3
        4. John 1:1-3
      3. Without God’s words, there can be no ministry of the Word.  if God is mute, we may speak, but we cannot speak God’s Words, for there are none to speak.  
    3. It was written.
      1. Inscripturation – What we have in scripture is the revealed and preserved words of God.
      2. Scripture is preachment.
      3. Ex. 34:27
      4. Jer. 30:1-2
      5. Is. 30:8
      6. Lk. 1:1-4
      7. Jn. 20:30-31
      8. Col. 4:16
    4. Preach the word.
      1. Preaching depends not only on having a God-given source, the Bible, but also a God-given commission to preach, teach and explain it to people and to encourage and urge them to respond.
      2. Enoch (Jude 14) Noah (2 Pet. 2:5) Abraham (Gn. 28:19)
      3. Moses – Ex. 4:10-16
      4. Ezra – Ne. 8:13, 18
      5. John the Baptist – Mk. 1:1-4
      6. Jesus – Mk. 1:14-15
      7. Jesus – Lk. 4:!6-21
      8. The apostles – Acts 3, Acts 4:31
      9. Romans 10:14-17
      10. 1 Cor. 1:18-21
      11. 1 John 1:1-3
    5. Implications
      1. God’s words are effective.
      2. God’s words are part of his self-revelation.
      3. God has appointed the ministry of the Word.
      4. God has preserved his words for us today.
      5. God has human agents in giving his revelation and preserving his words.
      6. God’s revelation is both historical and contemporary
  3. The Preacher at work
    1. Our definition of preaching as the explanation and application of the Word in the assembled congregation of Christ in order to produce corporate preparation for service, the unity of faith, maturity, growth and upbuilding.  It includes
      1. Evangelism of unbelievers.
      2. Training and equipping saints.
      3. Counseling through the word.
      4. Public reading of Scripture.
    2. You are not responsible for the individual response in the congregation but the congregational.
      1. To preach at one person’s sin in the congregation as a hidden rebuke is dangerous.
    3. Preaching in the NT can be summed up in these categories:
      1. Word of information
      2. Words of declaration
      3. Words of exhortation
      4. Words of persuasion
      5. Words of conversation
    4. Biblical model
      1. The introduction (Acts 2:14-21)
      2. The main body (22-36)
      3. Practical application (38)
    5. Sound teaching
      1. 1 Tim. 1:10; 6:3; 2 Tim. 1:13; 4:3; Titus 1:9; 2:1-2
    6. Preach the word
      1. The great reason why the preacher must return continually to the Bible is that the Bible is the greatest sermon in the world.
      2. The effectiveness of Scripture: it is useful
        1. 1 Pet. 1:23-25
        2. We are preaching not a dead word but a living Word: we are preaching not a word which is ineffective but a Word which is effective in the hand of God, for God’s own good purposes.  We can thus preach with confidence, faith, and expectation.
      3. We should aim to encourage people to test what we say by Scripture.
      4. To preach is to open up the inspired text with such faithfulness and sensitivity that God’s voice is heard and God’s people obey him.  Preaching is not an end in itself. It is, to make the obvious point, a form of Christian ministry through which we serve God and Christ, the Word of God, and the people God.