New Testament Preaching

Here's a little overview of material in the New Testament on preaching that I've put together for my dissertation.

Preaching has always been significant in the Christian church.  This is of course rooted in Jesus, whose ministry is announced as preaching (Mark 1:10, cf. Matthew 4:17), characterized by preaching (Matthew 4:23; 9:35; Mark 1:39; John 18:20) and defined (at least in part) as preaching (Mark 1:38; Luke 4:17-21) (see Colquhoun, Christ's Ambassadors, pp.11-12 and Stott, I Believe in Preaching, pp.16-17).

Jesus trained his disciples to preach (Mark 3:14; Luke 9:2); he planned for and commissioned them to preach and teach his message (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 13:10; 14:9; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8); the church was founded by the preaching of the Apostle Peter (Acts 2:14-41) and was taken up by the Apostles and other leaders in the early church both for believer and unbelievers (Acts 5:42; 6:2-4; 7:2-53; 8:4-5; 35; 9:20; 13:5 etc.; Romans 1:15; 15:20; 1 Corinthians 1:17; 9:16; 15:11; Ephesians 3:7-8; 1 Peter 1:12, 23-25) (see Colquhoun, pp.13-15 and Stott, pp.17-18).

Furthermore, this was not to pass away after the apostolic period.  Paul recognises that preachers are necessary for the church (Romans 10:14-15) (see Stott, p.18); ensures that church leaders are competent teachers and preachers (1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 2:2, 24; Titus 1:9) and exhorts his non-apostolic successors Timothy  and Titus to be committed to teaching and preaching (1 Timothy 4:6, 11, 13; 6:2; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Titus 2:1) (see Stott, p.18)


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