How many times have you heard a sermon or sat in a bible study and never heard the Word of God proclaimed? The preacher or teacher may dance all around the truths of God’s word but if the Word of God is never proclaimed the teaching and preaching is incomplete. God said in Isaiah 55:11, “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” This promise is for the Word of God, and not our own. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” God’s word is powerful all by itself. Our opinions, ideas, and illustrations are nothing compared to the power of God’s double edged sword. It must be proclaimed. Powerful preaching is immersed in the Word of God. It is The Word of God that is powerful-not our own.
Paul told Timothy to “preach the word.” (II Timothy 4:2). If I am going to proclaim the truths of God, what other choices do I have? None! God has given to us His word to let us know who He is, who we are, where we have come from, and how we turn to and trust in Him. He has given to us His word to let us know His standards, His statutes, and His requirements for our lives. He has given to us His word so we can know Him. Apart from the Word of God we would know none of these wonderful truths.
Not proclaiming God’s word is as foolish as a food critic describing the meal he ate without telling you what he ate, who the chef was, or the restaurant in which he ate the meal. Whether we are witnessing one on one, leading a small study group, or preaching to the masses, we must proclaim God’s word. Our word cannot penetrate the heart of the hearer and can often be misunderstood leading others astray. When we point others to the author of not only the bible but their very lives we are pointing them to the very one who can rewrite and renew their lives.