Preach the Word

I. The focus of our preaching is the Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A. The Scripture is inspired

1. 2 Peter 1:21 -- For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2. 2 Samuel 23:2 -- The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

B. The Scripture is profitable.

1. For doctrine (biblical teaching that matures the Saint).

2. For reproof (to convince with proof).

3. For correction (of faulty behavior or doctrinal error)

4. For instruction in righteousness (to produce a godly lifestyle).

C. The Scripture will bring complete ability to accomplish good works.

1. So that the man of God may be ready (to meet present needs) and be completely useable (for all kinds of needs).

2. Expectation is always that we DO good works.

II. The preaching of the Word of God is based on a solemn charge (2 Timothy 4:1)

A. The charge is “pledge before witnesses.”

1. Greek: diamarturomai = to attest, testify to, solemnly affirm

2. Greek: enopion = in the sight of, in the presence

B. The charge is given in the presence of the Lord Jesus.

1. The use of the Greek, kai, with another person usually means “even.”

2. The Greek sentence reads “the” God, even “the” Lord Jesus Christ.

a. Lord = Ruler, Owner, Master
b. Jesus = Savior, Victory, Salvation
c. Christ = Messiah, the Chosen One, the Anointed One

C. The charge is as solemn as the Judgment.

1. The Judgment of the Living and the Dead.

a. Acts 10:42 -- And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
b. 1 Peter 4:5 -- Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

2. The judgment at His appearing and His kingdom.

a. Titus 2:13 -- Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ
b. Matthew 13:41 -- The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity

III. The preaching of the Word of God is to be ready in all times and circumstances (2 Timothy 4:2)

A. Preach the Word.

1. Preach is “to be a herald, to officiate as a herald:”  “to publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done”

2. Hebrews 4:12 -- For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

3. Romans 10:15-17 -- And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! . . . . So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

4. Psalm 119:9-16 -- Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.  With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.  I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.  I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.  I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

B. Be instant in season and out of season.

1. Greek: ephistemi = to stand upon, be present, to place at

2. Greek: eukairos = conveniently, opportunely, when the opportunity occurs

3. Greek: akairos = unseasonable, inopportunely

4. Stand ready to preach whether it is convenient or not.

C. Preach to reprove

1. Reprove = to convict, refute, confute; reprehend severely, chide, admonish

2. Ephesians 5:11 -- And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

3. 1 Timothy 5:20 -- Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

4. Titus 1:13 -- This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

5. Revelation 3:19 -- As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

D. Preach to rebuke

1. Rebuke = to tax with fault, rate, chide, rebuke, reprove, censure severely

2. Matthew 8:26 -- Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

3. Matthew 12:16 -- And charged them that they should not make him known:

4. Luke 4:39 -- And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

5. Jude 1:9 -- Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

E. Preach to exhort

1. Exhort = to call to one’s side, call for, summon, entreat, comfort, beseech

2. Matthew 8:5 -- And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

3. Matthew 14:36 -- And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

4. 1 Timothy 5:1 -- Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

5. Jude 1:3 -- Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

F. Preach with all longsuffering

1. Longsuffering = patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, forbearance, slowness in avenging wrongs

2. Galatians 5:22 -- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

3. Ephesians 4:2 -- With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

4. James 5:10 -- Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

G. Preach with all doctrine.

1. Doctrine = the act of teaching, in distinction from other modes of speaking in public.

2. Matthew 7:28-29 -- And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine.  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

3. Matthew 11:1 -- And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

4. Colossians 1:28 -- Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

IV. The sound preaching will not soon be tolerated (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

A. They will not endure sound doctrine.

1. The “they” of this context includes those like the following:

a. Dishonorable vessels (2:21) – babblers, questioners, error mongers
b. Self-lovers (3:2-9) – have godly form, devilish, full of lusts
c. Evil men and Seducers (3:13) – truth-proof; deceivers & deceived

2. The “sound doctrine” includes much more than just the gospel.

a. Acts 20:20 -- And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
b. Acts 20:27 -- For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
c. 2 Corinthians 4:2 -- But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

B. They will heap teachers to themselves with itching ears.

1. They will gather around themselves the teachers that scratch what they want to hear that approves their own lusts.

2. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 -- Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

3. Isaiah 5:20-23 --Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

C. They will turn away from Truth and turn to Fables.

1. Ezekiel 33:30-32 -- Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.  And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.  And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

2. Matthew 23:13 -- But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

3. Matthew 23:23 -- Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

4. Matthew 23:27 -- Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

5. Luke 6:25 -- Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

6. Luke 6:26 -- Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

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