The Foolishness of Preaching


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

“How are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Rom. 10:14c)

Preaching isn’t popular these days. As some experts note, it isn’t the most
efficient way to communicate. Efficient that is, if all we are doing is transferring
data. In that case, they may be right. Marching around the walls of Jericho for 7
days was not the height of strategic, military savvy either. But of course, that is
not the point. Obedience to God is the point. God’s goals must be accomplished
by God’s means, even if conventional wisdom seems contrary. But then again,
preaching is more than merely transmitting data. It is God’s counter-world
method. It is meant to defy the experts. The very “foolishness” of it (1 Cor.
1:18-21) is what sets it apart. We are called to have explicit and implicit faith in
the God who called us to it. The power is expressly NOT in the methodology –
but in the message itself – God’s message. This is what is countenanced by the
Holy Spirit. And this is used to set the Church in stark contradistinction to the
World. It SHOULD stand out like a sore thumb. And that, not because we
execute it poorly or foolishly (as some erroneously think), but because it cuts
against the grain of human wisdom and pride. It lets none of its power or
effectiveness rest in the “brittle vessel” but only in what the vessel contains.
Commitment to this reality is what we need our bravest hearts for in this
present age. Far too often in our age, we are intimidated by the world’s critique
of our call. We can rely on “signs and wonders”, and find more comfort there
than in mere preaching – though Jesus left off healing when it threatened His
preaching duties (Luke 4:43). We can bow the knee to entertainment so as to
appeal to man’s nature more than his heart. We can harness technology not
simply to aid, but as a better means than preaching. But we cannot obey better
by innovation, than by submission. Let them think us fools. We’ve heard the
voice of our Master. He has called us declare His message to all peoples
everywhere. And when we do – He promises to save men.

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