I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! —2 Timothy 4:1-2
That is the compelling urgency for every minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And it’s the call upon every follower of Jesus Christ. Preach the Word!
In the Greek text, this is an imperative. Paul is saying, in effect, “Put these things at the top of your list. Do them now and keep on doing them. What I am about to tell you—do it now and keep on doing it for the rest of your life.” The word there is kerusso, which means to herald, to publicly proclaim, to announce the word. It’s used one hundred twelve times in Scripture. It is the method of Jesus and the apostles. It’s the means of spreading the good news in the early church. This is not just a job of a few—it’s the job of everyone. When you see this word, think of proclaim. Proclaim the Word, all of us.
It is the responsibility of every pastor, but also of every Christian. What pastors stand up and do week by week, you are to be doing in between, every day of the week. We are all to be preachers.
Martin Lloyd Jones said, “What is preaching? It is theology on fire. The theology which does not take fire is a defective theology. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit and should never be allowed to enter one.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “The preacher must throw his thought into his teaching. He must not weary the people by telling them the truth in a stale and unprofitable manner with nothing fresh from his own soul to give it force. Above all he must put heart work into preaching. He must feel what he preaches. It must be with him. It is never an easy thing. He must feel as if he could preach his very life away before the sermon is done.”
It is that kind of passionate communication of truth that is desperately needed in the body of Christ and in our church and in your situation. Be ready in season and out of season. Preach the Word!