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Preaching and Teaching of God's Word

31st December 2020


The Old Testament passage; Jonah chapter 3 and 4, is about Jonah’s preaching in Nineveh.  

We read in part;

“Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.  Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth …
When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

The New Testament passage; Colossians 1:24-2.7 is about Paul’s preaching and teaching the gospel. It reads in part;

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness - the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.  My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, …

All believers are called to participate in preaching and teaching the gospel. 

The passages underline lessons about preaching and teaching of the gospel that honors God. It has the following qualities;

  1. It flows from a repentant heart. Jonah repented his disobedience when God called him the first time. God gave him a second chance to do the same and he did in complete obedience to God - Jonah 3:1. Following his earnest repentance, Paul labored for the very Church he once zealously persecuted - Col 2:1,2.
  2. It is based on faithful obedience to God’s word. Jonah obeyed God’s instruction saying to him “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” - Jonah 3:1-3. St. Paul stated that he has become the servant of the church to present “the word of God in its fullness” - Col. 1:25b.
  3. It bears lasting God honoring results. Jonah’s proclamation resulted in the repentance of the people of Nineveh and the city was not destroyed - Jonah3:10. Paul’s teaching and preaching helped the readers to be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding” - Col.2:2
  4. It is hard work enabled by God Himself. Jonah labored hard to proclaim God’s message to the whole city of Nineveh - Jonah 3:3-4. St. Paul had to strenuously contend, with all the energy Christ so powerfully worked in him - Col 1:29. 

“In our witness of your love Lord, guide us. In our preaching and in teaching your word empower us continually, so that many may come to love, worship and serve you with what they are and have. For the glory of your name.” Amen. 

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