As continuous outpouring encompasses all of our living, many topics could be covered in this chapter…I have chosen only two – praying and preaching… (p. 94). The author covers prayer because he has made the observation that everyone prays. There are a lot of prayers in life. Actually, many religions practice it. It is every believer’s duty. As such, it must oversee all other kinds of praying (p. 94). The believer has a responsibility when it comes time for people to offer prayers. Just as praying is directly linked to continuous worship, so is preaching …(p. 94).
The author explores some thoughts on prayer. He discusses its purpose and place for its need. He describes how prayers are done right and how they are wrong. He spends some time discussing prayer that does not stop with the surface issue, but digs down deep into its purpose. He shows scripture that instructs the reader on the subject. After a few pages dealing with prayer, the author then focuses on preaching.
… it remains the responsibility of the pastoral staff to preach as though there were no other way to get the full truth of the gospel across (p. 104). It would be great if all preachers felt this way. If they did the church pews would be full. It seems to me that the best preaching seeks out the kind of depth that holds the attention and challenges the average thinker yet leaves the sophisticated thinker with more than enough to ponder (p. 107).
I love the statement preach as though there were no other way to get the full truth of the gospel across that the author made. I am encouraged to preach the gospel as if there was no other way to present it. I know that many are hungry for the gospel truth. Many are looking for power to come from the pulpit. Many are tired of the pop psychology pep rally that they get from the person claiming to be a man of God.
People are looking for the real message of truth: the word of power that speaks the very soul of all who listen. … the best preaching seeks out the kind of depth that holds the attention and challenges the average thinker yet leaves the sophisticated thinker with more than enough to ponder. Jesus spoke with authority. He even died for what He preached. Not sure if many would be willing to die for their message.
I have learned to preach with power.
Best, Harold M., Unceasing Worship. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. 2003