The Need to Preach and Teach


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Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Colossians 1:28 (KJV)

            The Bible encourages the church in Colossians 1:28 to preach by warning every man and to also teach in all wisdom. The word preach is the Greek word kataggéllō; meaning, “To tell, declare. To declare plainly, openly, or aloud.”[1] The word teach is the Greek word, didáskō; meaning, “To teach, instruct by word of mouth.”[2]

            The focus of our preaching should be to warn man of what not to do and why. The focus of our teaching is wisdom. The word wisdom is the Greek word sophías, meaning “Skill, tact, expertise in any art. Skill in the affairs of life, practical wisdom, wise management as shown in forming the best plans and selecting the best means, including the idea of sound judgment and good sense.[3]

            Preaching and teaching main purpose is, “…that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 1:28 (KJV) The word perfect here is the Greek word, téleios; meaning, “…Complete, full, wanting in nothing.[4] In other words, the ultimate goal, as it relates to God’s people, is to grow up and archive the highest level of spiritual maturity possible.

            We, as preachers and teachers are not motivational speakers; we are called to preach and teach the Word. In today’s church many are moving more towards a liberal approach to God’s Word. They are preaching and teaching a soft Gospel and coming up with NEW ideas. I am emphasizing NEW ideas, because they have no biblical base.

            I believe in revelation (Rhema) that is when the in Word (Logos) comes alive in us. Is not that we came up with something NEW; it was always in the Bible, but we did not have the revelation of it yet. When the revelation hit we usually ask ourselves, how could I miss that for all of those years?

            I am growing increasingly inpatient with a sector in the church that consider words such as Orthodoxy, Dogma, Sound Doctrine, Hermeneutic and Exegesis, almost to the level of profanity. Orthodoxy gives us the correct norm; Dogma gives us an unchangeable belief system; Sound Doctrine is the correct teaching for our way of life given to us through the original Apostles; Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting Scripture through Exegesis, which study the intended meaning of the Scripture or text. All of these tools lead to good theology, which is the study of God and His ways.

            Another thing to take into consideration is that the Bible was not written in English, its original language is Hebrew and Greek, so part of a good practice to understand Scripture is to go back to the original language. The Word of God is inerrant, but translations, including the King James, are not, which force us to STUDY.

            There is a lot of stuff out there, some of it is true, some of it is not and the most dangerous one is, that some is true mix with lies. It is imperative that we don’t let these preachers and teachers get away with lies on the pulpit. Some are making mistakes, we all do, but some are pushing demonic agendas; they need to be call out. The church needs to stop focusing on what the dead are doing; they can’t help it; they are spiritually dead; what do you expect from a dead body other than the fact that they stink? But we must be on guard to what is taking place in our local churches and home churches. If they can’t show you a chapter and a verse, challenge and reject those things; don’t let false teaching and preaching lead you astray from the truth.

[1]           Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid.

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