"Preach the Word"
 II Timothy 4:1-6: I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
What does it mean to preach the Word? Mr. Begg began by pointing out that we can only know the Scriptures through the Spirit and that it is a minister's job to open the Word to us.

Point 1: The Solemnity of the Charge. I must have thought that was self-explainatory, because I didn't take any notes on that.

Point 2: The Clarity of the Charge. The charge of course, is to preach the Word. Though it may sound trite, the Bible is taught simply by teaching the Bible. The preacher is to set forward what is contained in the Word, teaching us what God has done in Christ in order for us to be reconciled with Him. We must be aware of the source of the charge--it is from Scripture alone. In order to understand for our present day, we much also understand the historical setting. He also pointed out the difference between teaching and preaching. Teaching give people an understanding of the truth. Preaching takes that teaching and transforms it into a personal passionate plea that appeals to the mind, will and emotions. He emphasised that it is not a lecture.

Point 3: The Necessity of the Charge. Plain and simple, preaching the Word is necessary because falsehood must be combated and Truth is the only means by which to destroy falsehood.
 


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