17 August 2011

Preach the Word

Pastors, I am not one of you. I am merely representative of the members of your flock. I am one of those who sits before you on Sunday, looking to you to lay open the Word of God. You have been called by God, trained by God, gifted by God. You have been given the great and terrifying responsibility of preaching His Word unapologetically both in season and out of season. The responsibility that you have been given is not an easy one, yet it is an amazing privilege! Who would not want to teach such a Word?

The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11)

Please, pastor, please just preach the Word.


  1. Amen and amen. this has been also my prayer and my pleading to pastors in our day. Even the seemingly biblically sound churches in our day are leaving this out. has the evil one so hindered pastors that they can no longer articulate it or what?

  2. Agreed. Finally found a church in Crystal Lake, IL where the pastor is expository, and preaches only from the Word. Very rare.

  3. Amen! We live in times when it's easier for a pastor to tell stories & talk about what they felt while preparing a message. I long for a time when there are more guys like Spurgeon, preaching the Gospel without shame or personal changes.

    All we can do is lsiten with discernment and pray that our leaders make much of Jesus and less of themselves.

  4. How true this is! I am searching for a church now and am finding it extremely difficult. I spent almost 2 years in a church where I was deceived big time. I am healing but am trying to be cautious and praying for discernment. Thanks to sites such as yours and Watchman's Bagpipes, I am learning!

  5. Laura,

    The search for a sound church is a difficult one. Many of us were deceived by various types of churches and God has been gracious to open our eyes! Keep yourself immersed in His Word, as that is the best way to hone your discernment. I am so thankful for men such as Glenn at Watchman's Bagpipes - his site was one of the first that I stumbled upon after God woke me up. Blessings to you!

  6. Laura, I have lived in three states and looked for a good church in all three! Make a list of what you are looking for in a church, preferably using scripture as your guide. Pray specifically for these things. In the meantime try to find a church close by where you can go that is "good enough". For instance though I am baptistic in doctrine, I visited a solid Presbyterian church near my home while I kept searching for a baptistic church. This at least gave me some good preaching and Christian fellowship. You may find that you will need to move in order to be near a solid church. I wish that I had given a little more thought to this when I settled in the last move, taking it for granted that I was moving to "the Bible Belt." Yes there are alot of churches but the vast majority are liberal, emergent or purpose drivel. Still there are a few here and there. Don't give up - God is faithful.

  7. Is there anyone in Ilinois (Northern Part) looking for a great Bible church?


Please keep it pithy (in other words, if your comment is long enough to be its own blog post, don't bother), pertinent (please don't go off-topic), and respectful (to the author, to the other readers, and to the subject of the post). If you can't do that, your comment will not be posted.

If you haven't already, please read the Comment Policy in its entirety.