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God loves sermons that proclaim hard truths from his word—even if the others don’t.

See the original article for this topic on DesiringGod.org.

Key Points:

  • The first trait of preaching is seriousness.
  • The preached word is defined contextually by scripture.
  • Preach scripture, not parts of scripture.
  • Preaching is heralding, not just teaching—the Greek kerusso means “proclaim.”
  • Preaching is for every season of the church and of the preacher.
  • Preaching is for the church.
  • Preaching condemns wrong attitudes and behaviors as wrong.
  • Preaching draws attention to the seriousness of the problem being rebuked.
  • Preaching spiritually encourages the people to repent.
  • Preaching must be patient.
  • Preaching must employ explanations.

Quote This:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever felt confronted in a sermon? What happened?
  3. Do you think pastors should say hard things? Explain.
  4. Read 2 Timothy 4:1–5. What do we risk if we compromise our preaching by giving people what they want to hear instead of what the word says?
  5. How can we work to implement all of the ideas of 1 Timothy 4:1-5 together rather than some of the ideas isolated from one another?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.