Welcome to episode #76 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 Mark 16:15 which reads: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Our quote on preaching today is from Lester Roloff. He said, “The world’s greatest need is preaching preachers. The Gospel is our emancipation proclamation: let’s take it to the slaves of sin.”
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 3” from “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs.
II. IT IS DEFINITE
Though the call may come in various ways and under different circumstances, it is nonetheless distinct. It leaves the believer with the assurance that God desires him for a certain specific work. This, in turn, gives a joyous confidence and a holy boldness to the preacher, as he realizes the authority that lies behind the message and the messenger. The promise, “My presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest,” nerves the soul to courageously face the opposition that will inevitably show itself. The cheering assurance, “The Lord is with thee!” sustains the servant of the Lord, who now realizes that Omnipotence is on his side.
III. IT IS VARIED IN CIRCUMSTANCES
A study of the ways by which God called some of His servants for the work He had for them should be a profitable exercise of the soul. Let us look at just a few out of many.
We are told, “the God of glory appeared unto him” and a definite call was given him, with the promise of his own blessing and, through him, to all the families of the earth.
This example is most instructive, for God had to overcome the reluctance of the one He called. Moses had many objections to offer, but every objection was met with a definite promise, until Moses was convinced that God knew what He was doing in calling him.
To this man God first gave a commission with a promise and then granted him a vision of the One who commissioned him.
He was a humble man, who was hailed by God as a “mighty man of valor,” and who was sent forth to deliver Israel with these words ringing in his ears, “Go, in this thy might…have not I sent thee?” Not until the Lord had wrought two miracles on his behalf was this man convinced of his call and commission.
5. Elisha Here was a prosperous and energetic young man. He was suddenly called by God, from the midst of a busy life, to leave all his rosy prospects of worldly success for the comparative obscurity of menial service for Elijah, the prophet of the Lord. For years he was unheard of, until the time that his master was to be translated. Then his years of faithful service, in secret, were “rewarded openly” and his name became a household word in Israel.
6. Isaiah The moving description of this great prophet’s vision, call, and commission has stirred the hearts of the people of God for two and a half millennia. It has led many, like Isaiah, to say in response to the call of God, “Here am I, send me”.
Andrew brought this man, naturally impulsive and energetic, to the Savior, thus evidencing the value of personal evangelism. The miracle of the overabundant haul of fish served to provide the circumstances under which his call and commission came.
While the circumstances of the call were different in each of these cases, for God is a God of infinite variety, the purpose and results were the same: the glory of God, the blessing of the one called, and the benefit of those to whom he was sent with the message. Each of these men had an experience that was distinctly his own, and from which he emerged with the conscious assurance of God’s call to him.
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!