Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Preaching a Part of the Act of Salvation Itself?

H.H. Farmer in his book The Servant of the Word states that

Bearing witness to the unique saving activity of God in Christ is now seen not as merely an adjunct, even an indispensable adjunct to, but as indispensably part of, the saving activity itself" (The Servant of The Word, 17, 19, 21).

Without preaching there can be no authentic Christianity. It is a part of the saving event itself. "God therefore decided to save those who believe by the folly of the message we preach" (I Corinthians 1:21, Barclay).

Ronald Sleeth says, "Historically, we have affirmed that God is revealed in creation, Scriptures, Jesus Christ, sacraments, the church, the apostles, and the mouths of preachers" (God's Word and Our Words, 4).

It puts what I try to do feebly each week into perspective. What do you think of Farmer and Sleeth's statements? Is it overstating the case?

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