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Preach the Word!

September 17, 2007

Second Timothy 4:2 tells us to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season…”

What word is it that we are to preach? It would be the Word referred to in the previous verses. The Word given by inspiration of God and profitable. How do you read this verse? Is it like this:

…and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

or like this:

…and is profitable for doctrine, for REPROOF, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

how about like this:

…and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for CORRECTION, for instruction in righteousness.

maybe this way:

…and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for INSTRUCTION in righteousness.

I think I’ve heard preaching of each of these kinds. But my contention is that all preaching should have all of these in it. Not just teaching, or just reproving, or just correcting, or just telling how to. Real preaching or real pastoring has a balance of all of these. Don’t call yourself a preacher of the word if you can’t or don’t do all of these.

Preach the Word.

Categories: Preaching, The Word, Voegtlin
  1. Travis Burke
    September 17, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Doctrine….What is Right
    Reproof….What is not Right
    Correction…How to Get Right
    Instruction….How to stay Right

  2. September 17, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Analogy: A shepherd will offer his flock grass to eat whether all of them need it or not, he would do the same with water and protection. All of the flock may not need it, but some do and the shepherd recognizes this and makes it available. The same goes for a sermon. Different situations require different modes of communication… I would think that a Pastor with his congregation would have a variety of needs going into a message. So yes, a message probably should have all aspects of the verse, and the member of the congregation listening (actively I might add) would get what he needs out of it.

  3. September 18, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Brother Jeff,

    There you go, making me think again. And using the Bible too!


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