Dr Albert Mohler: Why Do we Preach?


Day two of the MBI pastor’s conference started out with a bang. Dr. Albert Mohler president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary delivered a bang up message on why we preach. Here are my scrambling notes. They may not be complete or coherent but they are what they are. I’m going to try and separate most of the sessions because it’s just too much to put them all in one post. Plus I can spread them out a bit better that way 🙂

Deuteronomy 4 serves as the backdrop for our preaching so go read it.
Luke 16 the sufficiency of the word of God.
Preaching and the big story Luke 24 “…didn’t or hearts burn within us…”

This whole business of preaching is something that we should understand on a Tuesday morning but there is a crisis of preaching in the evangelical church. How likely are you to hear an explicitly evangelical exposition of the word of God in the pulpit? Unfortunately there are people urging pastors to do anything other than the exposition of the scriptures from the pulpit. People with “itching ears” that don’t want to hear the Bible being taught – but will take almost anything else in it’s place.

The exposition of the scriptures is easy,you have to be clever to mess it up.

Nehemiah 8 stands as a great example of exegetical preaching. Verse 8 (Neh 8:8) is a short course in homiletics: READ and EXPLAIN.
It’s like rinse, lather and repeat on the shampoo bottle. It’s simple. There’s nothing missing.

    But what does it take? Let’s look at the guy doing the preaching:

  1. EDUCATION
  2. Look at Ezra 7:11 “…learned in the words of the commandments…” he didn’t just stand up and open his mouth,

  3. PREPARATION
  4. he was learned. 7:6 he was skilled in the law.

  5. CALLING
  6. Preparation, and calling for the Hand of the Lord was on him.

Paul to Timothy: Reprove, Rebuke, Exhort with Patience and Instruction. It’s simple as a a description of pulpit ministry. Of course Paul also warns us that not everyone is going to want to hear it either (itching ears).

Deuteronomy 4:32-40
(I was intrigued that twice already Deut. 4 has been the basis of the messages. It seems right though, Jesus cites Deuteronomy more than any other OT book other than the psalms.)

Deuteronomy 4:1,40 When you get up to preach do you have the sense that what you’re going to preach will enable your people to live and not die?

The reason why itching ears do not want t hear the word of God is because people do not want to hear the consequence of disobedience.

Why do we preach?

  1. The God of Israel is He who spoke the Word which we preach. It is a miracle to have his word: God Speaks.
  2. Deuteronomy 4:10 “you came near and stood at the mountain… You heard the sound… He wrote his commandments… …”
    These people were not physically there but they were spiritually there in their parents.

    Moses taught that the basic difference between God and idols is that idols do not speak but God speaks. 1 kings 18:29. The idols are seen and not heard, God is heard but not seen. We are called to be “ear” people. We are told to hear the word of the Lord. What we see with our eyes is not as real as what we hear with our ears.

  3. GOD out of sheer grace forfeited his own personal privacy so that we might know him and live.
  4. Hebrews 1 tells us that even the incarnation is a form of speech! What then if God had not spoken? What if God does not speak? Then there is no word that can save us.

  5. God’s people are identified by the fact that God speaks to them.
  6. The doctrine of revelation in intrinsically tied to the doctrine of divine sovereign election.

    God spoke to Israel at Mt. Horeb as he spoke to no one else.
    Deut 4:32-34 Listen to the questions.

    v 33 one day every creature will hear God speak from the midst of the fire, but not all will survive.

    When God speaks he leans over and whispers in our ear so we will not fear – Calvin

    It’s all by the grace and mercy of GOD that we are here to hear.

  7. God’s people survive by hearing his word. Deut 30:15
  8. 2 Tim 3:16 how are we going to survive without the preaching of God’s word? How will we know who we are? How will we know who he is? Without the preaching of the word of God?

  9. Preaching s always a matter of life and death therefore it had better be exposition.

Deut 30 Listen that you might live.

Preaching is in it’s proper perspective when we realize that by obedience or disobedience, hearing or not hearing, listening or not listening to this word people will either live or die.

How can they hear without a preacher? (Rom 10)

Here’s the sign that you have truly preached: when your people leave the service not thinking about themselves, no thinking about you, but thinking about God.