Irrespective of how incompetent some may think preaching is in our technological, mass media society, regardless of how much more exciting or entertaining or even successful other methods may appear, the most powerful, competent, impelling, impressive and effective way of communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ is still through the method and means God was pleased to choose—preaching
The purpose of the church? To preach/teach the Word of God which transforms lives. “Preach the Word” Paul tells Timothy. And the best way is to teach the Word is to read the Word, explain the Word, apply the Word, this is the responsibility of the preacher/teacher.
In His classic work Preaching and Preachers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, (kindle fire)
“The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the greatest need in the world also.”Assuredly, Lloyd-Jones did not have drama, entertainment, or pulpit chats in mind when he pressed the need for “true preaching.” In his mind, true preaching was nothing less than the exposition of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. “What is preaching?” Lloyd-Jones queried:
Logic on fire! Eloquent reason! Are these contradictions? Of course not. Reason concerning this Truth ought to be mightily eloquent, as you see in the case of the Apostle Paul and others. It is theology on fire. And a theology which does not take fire, I maintain, is a defective theology; or at least the man’s understanding of it is defective. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire