real preaching and teaching

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

What is not real preaching and teaching is a simple parroting of the biblical text, and slapping together more teaching from scripture that seems related. Preaching or teaching doctrine, period. There has to be more than that. And the person attempting to preach or teach must have a gift for that from the Spirit.

I want to be most careful here, and not be misunderstood. Our faith is tied to revealed truth from scripture, fulfilled in the gospel and in Jesus. To preach and teach, we don’t add our own content. We simply are faithful to God’s word and message.

At the same time, real teaching and preaching involves not merely our voicing of it, but that we somehow identify with the message, so that at least we’re preaching to ourselves, probably more than anyone else. And that along the line it has somehow become a part of our lives. And that we’re growing in that. We speak the word, and we speak it out of experience. We testify to what we’ve seen and heard and experienced for ourselves.

Of course it’s a faithful attempt to be true to whatever God’s word is telling us, including application. See scripture for that. Plenty there. So it’s something that is down to earth, right into the warp and woof of our lives, and to the heart of all of life on earth. We can settle for no less. Anything less than that is not real preaching and teaching in the apostolic, biblical, Christ-formed way.