Preachers should be able to make their living preaching the Gospel (1 Corinthians 9:14). Folks often wonder what it is a preacher does for a living. When members of a local church don’t know, it may be that the preacher isn’t doing what he should be doing. Sadly, not only is it true that many church members don’t understand the duties and responsibilities of a local evangelist, but often the evangelist himself doesn’t know what his job entails. I believe a quick read of First and Second Timothy and Titus will go a long way in educating everyone concerned.
- Examination. Perhaps first and foremost, the preacher’s job includes a close, careful and constant examination of scripture. Paul told Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV). A preacher should discipline himself and develop good study habits with a well-planned and scheduled routine. Members should help protect the preacher’s time so he can give proper attention to his studies. There are not many things more dangerous to a local church than a preacher who is ignorant of the word of God.
- Evangelization. To evangelize means to preach (The Gospel). Paul told Timothy to “Preach the word!…” (2 Timothy 4:2, NKJV). To Titus he adds, “Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority…” (Titus 2:15, NKJV). It is vitally important to the health and soundness of a church that the preacher preach THE WORD. Not opinions, think-sos etc, but the word! A preacher must be committed to preaching the truth even when he knows that truth will anger some folks (In season and out of season, 2 Timothy 1:2). Local churches are only as strong as the preaching they demand from their evangelist.
- Example. Finally, it is imperative that a local preacher set the proper example for the congregation he serves. He must practice what he preaches. Paul told Timothy “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, NKJV). A preacher may be extremely knowledgeable in scripture, have an attractive and dynamic preaching style, and a friendly outgoing personality, but if he doesn’t live by what he preaches, his “ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5) will result in utter failure.