Why I Love to Preach
As we anticipate for and prepare to come to Crystal Lake, I thought I’d share a little about my love for preaching. John Stott was one of Christendom’s most gifted and articulate preachers. He died a couple years ago at the age of 90. He wrote one of the best books on preaching I’ve ever read. In the book entitled, Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century he writes, “Preaching is indispensable to Christianity. Without preaching a necessary part of its authenticity has been lost. For Christianity is, in its very essence, a religion of the Word of God . . . We must speak what He has spoken, Hence the paramount obligation to preach.”
I love being a pastor. I love being with people, I enjoy discipling leaders, and I love preaching God’s Word. Being able to study and deliver a message to God’s people every week is truly one of the greatest privileges of my calling. It is something I take very seriously. God’s people need the encouragement, hope, and perspective of the Scriptures every week. It is the fuel that sustains their joy and hope in Christ. I love to see God’s Word impact people’s lives—it makes such a radical difference when we believe and live the Gospel. It’s why I love to preach.
Cotton Mather, who ministered in New England 300 years ago, said, “The great design and intention of the office of a Christian preacher is to restore the throne and dominion of God in the souls of men.”
As I stand before the people of God, week after week, teaching and preaching the Word of God, I have a deep passion to introduce the God of the Bible to our people. The God who is there, the God who loves lost sinners, the God who sovereignly elects from all eternity, the God who redeems, the God who forgives, the God who restores, the God who gives hope, the God who will judge the world in righteousness. We live in such a God-less culture. The more and more I spend time in God’s Word and good books, the less I seem to enjoy television and the media outlets of our time—they are so saturated with the trivial! They are so permeated by the unimportant, and yet the trival so dominates our lives. Is it any wonder that we are starved for significance? Is it any wonder that so many wander aimlessly doing good things, but not the best things? Is it any wonder that we make so many poor choices and end up miserable?
As I do sermon preparation each week, I have a burden to placard God before our church family! I have a burden to let people see God for who He is. How desperately we need this! How desperately we need a sustaining vision of the supremacy of God. Everything around us seeks to elevate human beings and dethrone God. The church should be the one place where God’s supremacy is carefully and passionately displayed before His people on a weekly basis.
Henry Scougal in his classic, The Life of God in the Soul of Man, writes, “The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love.” My prayer for EFCCL is that we would have a consuming love for the Glory of God that is regularly fueled by the faithful and passionate proclamation of His infallible Word.
by Jay Childs, Future Senior Pastor