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Gospel Preaching in postmodern times

Pastor’s thought of the Week: Gospel preaching in postmodern times

1Co 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

The heart of any ministry should be the preaching of the gospel. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ still has the power to save souls and deliver them from the penalty and power of sin.

But, there seems to be a disturbing movement in modern Christianity away from preaching and the gospel. The definition of preach is “to proclaim or make known by a sermon”.  A sermon means “a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, especially one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of the clergy as part of a religious service.” Preaching is held in regard in the bible. Preaching is the mechanism which God chooses to use to save sinners.

1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

But if God holds preaching in such high regard then why is it so despised in modern Christendom? Why is it that preaching is the very part of the service that is minimized and disregarded? Experts on church building tell us in order to grow a church there should be an emphasis on music and to keep the sermons short and non-offensive. Churches are filled with drama teams, music bands, puppeteers, and all sorts of entertainment packaged as “Ministry”.While these things may have positive or even religious themes it does not meet the definition of preaching. Preaching is an unwelcome necessity of many church services. We expect this attitude from the perishing who see preaching as foolishness but not from professing Christians.

1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

So, why the disregard for preaching? Here are a few possibilities:


  • Many people who profess to be Christians really aren’t


  • Many people in churches are worldly and have little use for the spiritual


  • Many do not even know the difference between the spiritual and fleshly


  • Many preachers are powerless


  • People do not want to face their sinfulness


  • Many preachers want to build congregations but not people


  • Many preachers just aren’t called


  • We are in the last days where people are lovers of their own selves. They want to focus on self and not on God.



What is your attitude toward preaching? What does it say about you?

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