Serving an international
Vol. 10 No. 9 September 2008
Since You Asked By Louis Rushmore
Walking About While Teaching or Preaching
Is there anything wrong with a preacher walking around the auditorium while speaking? Does it matter whether he does this when teaching a class or preaching? Thanks! ~ Steve Foster
would you think if the preacher sat down to teach
or sat down to preach? Our Lord Jesus routinely sat down to teach or
The role of a preacher, one discerns from the original language words and their English counterparts, has to do with the message. The Greek word, kerux, means “crier” or “herald” and is translated “preacher” (1 Timothy 2:7). The Greek word, kerusso, means “to cry or proclaim as a herald” and is translated “preacher” (Romans 10:14). The Greek word, euaggellizo, means “to announce good news” and is translated “gospel preached” (Matthew 11:15); euaggelistes means, “a preacher of the gospel” and is translated “evangelist” (Acts 21:8).
As far as the circumstances under which the Gospel is taught and especially preached in the Lord’s Day assembly, things must be conducted “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40), i.e. to God’s satisfaction primarily. Yet, a wise preacher will be sensitive to or aware of the receptivity of his Gospel presentation to his listeners, and how various mannerisms may have no effect upon, help or hinder that presentation, since the object of preaching in the first place is to communicate the Word of God in such a way that it is comprehended (Nehemiah 8:8). However, the Christian in the pew needs to be wise enough to the best of his ability to ignore potential distractions or mannerisms that could lessen the impact on him by good Gospel preaching. Surely, through cooperation and common goals respecting the teaching and preaching of the Gospel of Christ, preachers and congregations can participate in the successful communication of the Word of God in teaching and preaching environments. We need to grant as much latitude toward each other as Christians as we can, especially in areas where no command or direct statement, biblically approved example or inference and implication corresponds to the object of discussion.
A man in a congregation I attend believes that it is wrong to “pray for others” such as “my co-worker” [who] broke his arm at work…a neighbor [who] has cancer…a boy in school [who] broke his wrist, etc. …“without ever mentioning that fact that it might lead them to Christ.” …Is it right to pray for “non-Christians” problems without mentioning their spiritual welfare in any way? ~ Mark Phillips
The scenario of prohibiting prayer for non-Christians, unless in addition to praying for one’s health and welfare one also prays such would lead to salvation, is suspiciously similar to misguided affirmations that the church is prohibited from extending benevolence to non-Christians. Neither the affirmation that Christians or the church may not pray for non-Christians without including in that prayer that prayer for health and welfare result in salvation nor affirmations that the church cannot extend benevolence to non-Christians can be substantiated by Scripture.
the ultimate attitude of Christians (spoken or
unspoken) toward non-Christians is (or ought to be) that their souls
saved. “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for
Paul’s first letter to Timothy acknowledges that Christians ought to pray for non-Christians, first in self-interest for the welfare of Christians, and secondly, mindful overall that God desires all mankind to be saved.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
the Christian’s disposition toward non-Christian
rulers is to be favorable irrespective of whether those rulers become
Christians. “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king” (1 Peter 2:17;
also verses 13-17 and