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The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 32 (Proclaim #49)

Welcome to episode #49 of PROCLAIM! — the podcast that teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”.

Our Scripture Verse on preaching is 2 Timothy 4:2 which reads: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”

Our quote on preaching today is from John Macarthur. He said, “The preacher is not a chef; he’s a waiter. God doesn’t want you to make the meal; He just wants you to deliver it to the table without messing it up. That’s all.”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

Today, our topic is titled “The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 32” from “The Preacher and His Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs.

The example of the Lord Jesus offers no encouragement to those who belittle special training for Christian work. He chose and called certain disciples, and the reason for this act is stated thus, “That they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach”. For the next three years these men enjoyed the company of the Lord, and were thus under the tutelage of the greatest of all Teachers, before they began to preach and teach in His Name. There was much that Christ said to them that they could not understand, for they were “[foolish] and slow of heart to believe”. There were many things that Christ could have taught them, but would not, for their capacity was limited. He had to say, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” After Pentecost, as Christ had promised, the Holy Spirit brought back to their remembrance these words and drove home to their hearts the lessons He had so patiently taught them. These lessons, in turn, became a great power in their lives and gave divine authority to their ministry.

Though the Pharisees, blinded by their religious prejudices, looked upon these disciples as “ignorant and unlearned men,” they were most emphatically nothing of the kind! They were, in reality, the best educated people in the world, for they had been for three years or more in the best school in the world, the school of Christ! Let those who ignorantly criticize a Bible school, which is conducted along scriptural lines, remember that it exists for the same purpose as the school of Christ. That purpose is to impart Bible knowledge and consequently better fit young believers to know and preach the living Word of the living God. Let such criticizers take good heed and seriously, soberly, and intelligently consider what they say, in the light of this example set by the Lord Himself.

There is a tendency on the part of some unthinking believer to depreciate “scholarship,” but surely the Lord has given brains to His people in order that they might use them for Him! While brains are not everything, most people, including Christians, would find it rather awkward to get along without them! Regeneration does not rob a believer of his intelligence, but enlightens, ennobles and empowers it for the purpose intended in the beginning, the glory of God. Our intellect was not given to us to be deprecated , or depreciated, but to be developed for Him.

Two Christians were once engaged in a rather warm discussion. The better educated of the two was getting the best of the argument, and the other, thinking to end it exclaimed. “God doesn’t want your knowledge, brother.” The other calmly replied. “No, that’s quite true, but neither does He require your ignorance!”

Let’s Pray —

The Preacher’s Private Prayer, Part 6 (Proclaim #48)

Welcome to episode #48 of PROCLAIM! — the podcast that teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”.

Our Scripture Verse on preaching is 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 which reads: “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway:”

Our quote on preaching today is from Billy Graham. He said, “I’m not a great preacher, and I don’t claim to be a great preacher . . . I’m an ordinary preacher, just communicating the gospel in the best way I know how”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

Today, our topic is titled “The Preacher’s Private Prayer, Part 6” from “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon.

When we have done with preaching, we shall not, if we are true ministers of God, have done with praying, because the whole church, with many tongues, will be crying, in the language of the Macedonian, “Come over and help us” in prayer. If you are enabled to prevail in prayer you will have many requests to offer for others who will flock to you, and beg a share in your intercessions, and so you will find yourselves commissioned with errands to the mercy-seat for friends and hearers. Such is always my lot, and I feel it a pleasure to have such requests to present before my Lord.

Never can you be short of themes for prayer, even if no one should suggest them to you. Look at your congregation. There are always sick folk among them, and many more who are soul sick. Some are unsaved, others are seeking and cannot find. Many are desponding, and not a few believers are backsliding or mourning. There are widows’ tears and orphans’ sighs to be put into our bottle, and poured out before the Lord. If you are a genuine minister of God you will stand as a priest before the Lord, spiritually wearing the ephod and the breast-plate whereon you bear the names of the children of Israel, pleading for them within the veil. I have known brethren who have kept a list of persons for whom they felt bound especially to pray, and I doubt not such a record often reminded them of what might otherwise have slipped their memory. Nor will your people wholly engross you; the nation and the world will claim their share. The man who is mighty in prayer may be a wall of fire around his country, her guardian angel and her shield. We have all heard how the enemies of the Protestant cause dreaded the prayers of Knox more than they feared armies of ten thousand men. The famous Welch was also a great intercessor for his country; he used to say “he wondered how a Christian could lie in his bed all night and not rise to pray.” When his wife fearing that he would take cold, followed him into the room to which he had withdrawn, she heard him pleading in broken sentences, “Lord, wilt thou not grant me Scotland?” O that we were thus wrestling at midnight, crying, “Lord, wilt thou not grant us our hearers’ souls?”

Let’s Pray —

The Road from Text to Sermon, Part 2 (Proclaim #47)

Welcome to episode #47 of PROCLAIM! — the podcast that teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”.

Our Scripture Verse on preaching is 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 which reads: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

Our quote on preaching today is from Francis of Assisi. He said, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

Today, our topic is titled “The Road from Text to Sermon, Part 2” from “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

A second world we must consider is the modern world. We must be aware of the currents swirling across our own times. Each generation develops out of its own history and culture and speaks its own language. We may stand before a congregation and deliver exegetically accurate sermons that are scholarly and organized, but they are dead and powerless because they ignore the life-wrenching problems and questions of our hearers. Such sermons, spoken in a stained-glass voice using a code language never heard in the marketplace, dabble in great biblical concepts, but our audience may feel that God belongs to the long ago and far away. We must answer not only the questions our fathers and mothers asked; we must wrestle with the questions our children ask. Men and women who speak effectively for God must first struggle with the questions of their age and then speak to those questions from the eternal truth of God.

A third world in which we must participate is our own particular world. A church has a postal code and stands near Fifth and Main in some town or city. The profound issues of the Bible and the ethical, philosophical questions of our times assume different shapes in rural villages, in middle-class communities, or in the ghettos of crowded cities. Ultimately we do not address everyone; we speak to particular people and call them by name. The Bible speaks of the gift of pastor-teacher. This implies the two functions should be joined, or else an irrelevant exposition may emerge that reflects negatively on God. As one bewildered churchgoer expressed it, “The trouble is that God is like the minister: we don’t see him during the week, and we don’t understand Him on Sunday.” J. M. Reu was on target when he wrote, “Preaching is fundamentally a part of the care of souls, and the care of souls involves a thorough understanding of the congregation. Able shepherds know their flock.”

Let’s Pray —

The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 31 (Proclaim #46)

Our Scripture Verse on preaching is Mark 16:15 which reads: “And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Our quote on preaching today is from John R. Rice. He said, “What a compelling motive we have for prayer, for preaching, for soul winning when we learn that every responsible human being who leaves this world without a definite change in heart immediately lifts his eyes in Hell, tormented in flame!”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and His Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

Today, our topic is titled “The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 31” from “The Preacher and His Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs.

— (1) The need for it.

Surely the Lord’s work demands the very best that is within one’s power to give. Each young believer should be able to truthfully sing:

Just as I am, young, strong, and free,
To be the very best that I can be
For truth and righteousness and Thee,
Lord of my life, I come!

God places no premium, or value on ignorance. The penalty of willful ignorance is deeper, darker, more gross and more abysmal ignorance, to the point the victim becomes so steeped in it that he becomes complacent and even proud of his lack of knowledge. One such person was once heard to pray, “O, Lord, I thank Thee that I don’t know nothing!” Another such individual once remarked to a group of people: “I am thankful for my ignorance.” One of them replied, “Well, you certainly have a great deal to be thankful for!”

The Bible puts the matter thus, “If a man (will) be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” The idea that “anything is good enough for the Lord’s work” certainly has no support from the Word of God. On the contrary, it is soundly condemned. The Christian is enjoined to show himself “approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” This demands the very best he can give, in the way of concentrated study, painstaking preparation and arrangement, and the earnest presentation of the preaching material. The best of our time, energy and ability should be placed unreservedly at the disposal of the Lord, for the work of the Lord. As Oswald Chambers so tersely put it, “My utmost for His Highest!”

The Preacher’s Private Prayer, Part 5 (Proclaim #45)

Our Scripture Verse on preaching is Ephesians 4:11-12 which reads: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

Our quote on preaching today is from Vance Havner. He said, “A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros. His problem is how to toughen his hide without hardening his heart.”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

Today, our topic is titled “The Preacher’s Private Prayer, Part 5” from “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon.

Like Joseph, the affectionate minister will seek where to weep; his emotions, however freely he may express himself, will be pent up in the pulpit, and only in private prayer can he draw up the sluices and bid them flow forth. If we cannot prevail with men for God, we will, at least, endeavor to prevail with God for men. We cannot save them, or even persuade them to be saved, but we can at least bewail their madness and entreat the interference of the Lord. Like Jeremiah, we can make it our resolve, “If ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride, and mine eye shall weep sore and run down with tears.” To such pathetic appeals the Lord’s heart can never be indifferent; in due time the weeping intercessor will become the rejoicing winner of souls. There is a distinct connection between the travail and the birth, the sowing in fears and the reaping in joy. “How is it that your seed comes up so soon?” said one gardener to another. “Because I steep it,” was the reply. We must steep all our teachings in tears, “when none but God is nigh,” and their growth will surprise and delight us. Could any one wonder at Brainerd’s success, when his diary contains such notes as this: “Lord’s Day, April 25th–This morning spent about two hours in sacred duties, and was enabled, more than ordinarily, to agonize for immortal souls; though it was early in the morning, and the sun scardely shone at all, yet my body was quite wet with sweat.”

The secret of Luther’s power lay in the same direction. Theodorus said of him: “I overheard him in prayer, but, good God, with what life and spirit did he pray! It was with so much reverence, as if he were speaking to God, yet with so much confidence as if he speaking to his friend.” My brethren, let me beseech you to be men of prayer. Great talents you may never have, but you will do well enough without them if you abound in intercession. If you do not pray over what you have sown, God’s sovereignty may possibly determine to give a blessing, but you have no right to expect it, and if it comes it will bring no comfort to your own heart. I was reading yesterday a book by Father Faber, late of the Oratory, at Brompton, a marvelous compound of truth and error. In it he relates a legend to this effect. A certain preacher, whose sermons converted men by scores, received a revelation from Heaven that not one of the conversions was owing to his talents or eloquence, but all to the prayers of an illiterate lay-brother, who sat on the pulpit steps, pleading all the time for the success of the sermon. It may in the all-revealing day be so with us. We may discover, after having labored long and wearily in preaching, that all the honor belongs to another builder, whose prayers were gold, silver, and precious stones, while our sermonizing, being apart from prayer, were but hay and stubble.

Let’s Pray —

Tools of the Trade, Part 14 (PROCLAIM! 41)


This podcast teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”.

Our Scripture passage on preaching is Acts 9:19-21 which reads: “Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?”

Our quote on preaching today is from Francois Fenelon. He said, “I would have every minister of the Gospel address his audience with the zeal of a friend, with the generous energy of a father, and with the exuberant affection of a mother.”

Today, our topic is titled “Tools of the Trade, Part 14” from “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

A series of different questions must be raised when trying to understand a story. A sampling of those questions might be the following:

– Who are the characters in the story and why did the author include them?
– Do the characters contrast with one another?
– How do these characters develop as the story develops?
– What does the setting contribute to the story?
– What structure holds the story together and provides its unity?
– How do the individual episodes fit into the total framework?
– What conflicts develop and how are they resolved?
– Why did the writer bother telling the story?
– What ideas lie behind the story that may be implied but not stated?
– Can those ideas be stated through a subject and complement?

Much of the Old Testament is poetic in form. In reading translations that print poetry as poetry and not as prose, we discover that poetry is the most-used literary form in Old Testament literature. Even sections we ordinarily think of as prose (history, prophecy, Wisdom literature) contain large amounts of poetry. Poets do not usually tell stories but instead express feelings and reflections about life. In Hebrew literature poets communicate through parallelism that repeats, contrasts, or adds to the previous thoughts, and they use figurative language that may not be true to fact but is true to feelings. Images and figures of speech give more life and force to speech because they join experience to fact. When farmers observe that “the land needs rain,” they are true to fact, but if they say that “the earth thirsts for rain,” they are true to both fact and feeling. Poets major in structures and language to add force and depth to what they are saying.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.