Why We Need Faithful Preaching

February 26, 2011

This is a snippet of my message for Sunday, “The Equipping Church” – 8th in a series of messages called Doing Church:

It’s important that every generation hears the same faithful orthodox truths of the Bible. I want to read a quote from Eric Metaxas recently biography of Deitrich Boenhoeffer, the courageous pastor who resisted Hitler in Germany. He is speaking about the state of the church in Germany under Hitler:

“For many Germans, their national identity had become so melted together with whatever Lutheran Christian faith they had that it was impossible to see either clearly. After four hundred years of taking for granted that all Germans were Lutheran Christians, no one really knew what Christianity was anymore.”

Those words haunt me as a communicator of the Word of God. We must never take the gospel for granted. Paul told Timothy: “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 (Timothy 4:2)

Every generation needs to hear the word. We as pastors must be faithful, generation upon generation.