June 30, 2011
What sets a preacher apart from a teacher or lecturer? A preacher presents a passionate plea on behalf of Christ before sinners. Sermons should declare Christ and therefore be a tool of evangelism. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages pastors to commit to evangelistic preaching, whatever the cultural and theological challenges. Though unbelievers may label the cross as foolishness and the claims of Jesus as narrow and exclusory, God calls pastors to discharge all the duties of an evangelist.
9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?3 And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Copyright © 2023, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.