central task of the God-called preacher is preaching Christ. Preaching
Christ is both a joyous privilege-Acts 16:30-32, well as a divinely granted
responsibility-Gal.1:15-16. For genuine Bible preachers, Christ is the
center, the crux and the content of their proclamation. 1.
WE PREACH HIS BEING-John 1:1: "In the beginning was the
word, and the word was with God, and the word was God." The most
important question to be asked about God is not where He dwells or how
many angels He has, but who is Jesus Christ? The scripture answers this
plainly and simply: Christ is God, God the Son-John 3:16.
the prerogatives of God-Mark 2:5-7; he exhibited the power of God-Mark
1:21-27, and he evidenced the perfections of God: omniscience-John 11:11-14,
omnipotence-Matt. 28:21 and omnipresence-Matt. 18:20.
WE PREACH HIS BIRTH-Isaiah 7:14: "Behold a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel." Immanuel
means "God with us-Matt. 1:23." In the incarnation of Christ,
God became flesh and dwelt among us-John 1:18. In I Tim. 3: 16, the apostle
Paul reiterates this great miracle of human history when he states: "And
without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness. God was manifest
in the flesh…" Christ was the God-Man, truly God and truly
WE PREACH HIS BLAMELESSNESS-Heb. 4:15: "but was in all points
tempted as we are, yet without sin." Christ's blamelessness included
both an impeccable character-"that holy thing"-Luke 1:35 and
an immaculate conduct-"I do always those things that please him-John
8:29." Christ could rightly say to the Pharisees: "Which of
you convinceth me of sin?"-John 8:46. Judas Iscariot would have to
admit before his suicidal death that he had "betrayed the innocent
4. WE PREACH
HIS BENEVOLENCE-Rom. 5:8: "But God commendeth his love toward
us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God's
love was perfectly manifested in Jesus Christ-John 3:16. The greatest
act of love this world has ever witnessed-I John 4:10-was the condescension
of Christ-Phil. 2:5-8 in becoming man and paying sin's atonement price
on Calvary-Rom. 5:11.
WE PREACH HIS BRUISES-Isaiah 53:5: "But he was wounded for
our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed." These
sacrificial bruises experienced at Calvary were predicted hundreds of
years earlier in Gen. 3:15 and Ps. 22:14-18. The human mind cannot fully
comprehend the prophet's astounding words, it can only graciously accept
the fact that "it pleased the Lord to bruise him-Isaiah 53:10."
WE PREACH HIS BLOOD-Eph. 1:7: "in whom we have redemption
through his blood." This blood was pure blood-I Peter 1:18-19; precious
blood-I Peter 1:18-19, purchasing blood-Acts 20:28, propitiating blood-Rom.
3:24, purging blood-Heb. 9:14, and preserved blood-Heb. 12:24. Christ's
blood shed in his death on the cross was ordained blood-Rev. 13:8, obtaining
blood-Rom. 5:11 and once-shed blood-Heb. 10:12. Christ's blood was also
vital blood-Heb. 9:22, vicarious blood-Luke 22:20 and victorious blood-Rev.
WE PREACH HIS BOOK-Col. 3:16: "let the word of Christ dwell
in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms
and hymns and spiritual songs." Christ is the source of the Word-Matt.
24:35, the substance of the Word-Luke 24:27, and the subject of the Word-John
5:39. God's Word doesn't need any supplements. For the genuine God-called
preacher, Christ's authoritative Word is the all sufficient guide of faith
and practice-II Tim. 3:16-17.
preachers proclaim Christ as the heart of the believer-Col. 1:27, Christ
as the help of the believer-Phil. 4:13 and Christ as the hope of the believer-Titus
2:11-13. In their preaching, Fundamental pastors extol Christ as the propitiatory
substitute-Gal. 3:13, the pre-eminent Saviour-Col. 1:18, and the prospective
sovereign-Rev. 19:6. For the Fundamentalist evangel, Christ is not something,
He is everything. He is the preacher's "all in all"-Col. 3:11.