In our increasing visual culture, some are calling for the church to minimize the role of preaching and the spoken Word. Amid debates like this, we anchor our hearts and ministries to simple passages like 1 Corinthians 1:21 that speak of the power of preaching God’s Word.The Apostle Paul writes: “it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”
In our natural condition, all of us are spiritually blind and unresponsive to the Lord and His gospel. Until we are spiritually reborn, we are blind to true beauty. This is one reason why God has chosen to send preachers to His people.
For it is through the preaching of the Word of God that our Lord
“opens [our] eyes, so that [we] may turn from darkness to light
and from the power of Satan to God, that [we] may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [Jesus]” (Acts 26:18).
Therefore we should regularly pray for spiritual fruit to remain in our lives from the preached Word because by attending to His Word, our Lord…
- Enlightens, convinces, and humbles sinners.
- Drives us out of ourselves, and draws us to Himself.
- Conforms us to His image,
- Builds us up in His grace,
- Strengthens us against temptations and corruptions,
- And establishes our hearts in holiness and encouragement.
Pray that fruit would remain in your life and in the lives of those you love because of hearing God’s Word faithfully preached.