Why Preach the Word?

TEXT2 Tim. 4:2;  1 Cor. 1:21

INTRODUCTION:

A.      THESE PASSAGES EMPHASIZE THE NEED TO PREACH THE WORD.

B.      WE PLACE MUCH EMPHASIS ON IT HERE.

C.      IN THIS LESSON WE WANT TO DISCUSS SOME REASONS.

I.      IN IT GOD REVEALS HIMSELF.

A.      MAN CAN'T KNOW GOD ON HIS OWN( Prov. 14:12 ).

B.      DEEP THOUGHTS OF GOD REVEALED IN THE WORD( 1 Cor. 2:10-13, 16 ).

C.      GOD'S WILL FIRST SPOKEN( vs. 13 ), THEN WRITTEN( Eph. 3:3-4 ).

II.     THE MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH THE SPIRIT OPERATES.

A.      WHAT IS THE SPIRIT'S JOB?( John 16:8 ).

B.      WHEN & HOW?( Acts 2:36-37;  24:24-25 ).  1RST CENTURY PREACHING.

C.      MAN SAYS JESUS IS LORD BY THE SPIRIT( 1 Cor. 12:3 ).

D.      HOW DOES SPIRIT EMPOWER US TO SAY THIS?( John 20:30-31 ).

E.      HOW DOES HE REVEAL GOD'S WILL?( 1 Pet. 1:12;  2 Tim. 3:16-17 ).

III.    THE WORD IS THE SEED OF THE KINGDOM.

A.      THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER( Luke 8:4-8 ).

B.      WHAT IS THE SEED?( Luke 8:11 ).

C.      WHAT GROWS WHEN THE SEED IS PLANTED?( 1 Cor. 2:2;  3:10-11 ).

D.      THE KINGDOM GROWS ONLY WHEN THERE IS PREACHING

          ( Rom. 10:13-15 ).

IV.   THE WORD IS NECESSARY TO THE NEW BIRTH.

A.      ONE MUST BE BORN AGAIN TO ENTER THE KINGDOM( John 3:3-5 ).

B.      EXPLAIN "BORN AGAIN."

C.      BEGOTTEN AGAIN - HOW?( 1 Pet. 1:23;  1 Cor. 4:15 ).

V.    GOD CALLS US TO SALVATION THROUGH THE WORD.

A.      2 Thess. 2:14.  CALLS US TO WHAT?( vs. 13 ).

B.      IT IS GOD'S POWER TO SAVE( Rom. 1:16;  James 1:21 ).

          1.       It's power is in the information it contains( Rom. 1:17 ).

          2.       It tells about Jesus( 1 Cor. 15:1, 3 ).

          3.       It tells what we must do( Titus 2:11-12;  2 Tim. 3:16-17 ).

C.      BUT IT MUST BE BELIEVED( Rom. 1:16;  10:13-14 ).

D.      AND IT MUST BE OBEYED( James 1:22-25 ).

CONCLUSIONWHY PREACH THE WORD?