Welcome to episode #73 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 Ezra 7:9-10 which reads: “For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”
Our quote on preaching today is from John Piper. He said, “All Christian preaching should be the exposition and application of biblical texts. Our authority as preachers sent by God rises and falls with our manifest allegiance to the text of Scripture.”
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 Call, Part 2” from “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs.
2. It is born in the atmosphere of spirituality
It comes when the soul is enjoying fellowship with God through the reading of and meditation on His Word, and through prayer. The carnal believer, or the worldly Christian, will know nothing of “the still small voice” which falls upon the soul under such circumstances. Samuel’s word to Saul has a message for each believer, “Stand thou still a while, that I may show thee the word of God”. This atmosphere of spirituality is made possible as the believer deliberately presents his body as “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”. It comes through fervent supplication at the throne of grace to know the will of God for one’s life. It is maintained by prompt obedience to the known will of God, as found in the Holy Scriptures. This is the spiritual atmosphere of the call.
3. It comes usually in the midst of Christian activity, not in monastic isolation
It does not come to lazy Christians. It was while Barnabas and Saul “ministered to the Lord” that the divine call came, “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereto I have called them”. It was while Moses tended his flock that he was commissioned to be a leader of Israel. It was while Gideon threshed the wheat that he was selected to deliver Israel from the oppressors. It was while Elisha was busy plowing that the mantle of Elijah was thrown on his shoulders and God claimed his life. It was while Peter was busy with his fishing, and Matthew with his business, that the Saviour came and called each to service for Himself. It is as the believer is doing what already lies to his hand that the call comes for further service. “If any man will do His will, he shall know,” said Christ. Prompt unquestioning obedience to what we know will lead to further revelations of His will. Hosea’s message should have a voice to each believer, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord”.
Let’s Pray —
Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, may God bless you!