What is the mark of good preaching? How does one determine whether God’s word is being dealt with honestly and openly in a manner worthy of Christ?
In one of the churches we visited in our exploration for a new church home, the pastor was quite distinct. He was truly what one might call an expository preacher. In another church, the pastor actually stated in his sermon that morning, that he was an expository preacher. Others were a mix of exposition and topical. A few were good teachers others were not.
For me, God’s word is preached when it pricks my heart. When the pastor, as an instrument of God, exposes God’s word in such a way that it hits me between the eyes and say’s, “He is talking to you MacD!” When that happened at our new church home, I knew I was where I belonged.
Is my Pastor a great Bible teacher, not yet? Is he a student of the Word, absolutely? Is his preaching “deep”, as some would describe it, not really? Is it accurate – absolutely? Can his effectiveness be measured by the number of “Amens” on a Sunday morning? No. But none of that matters. What matters is that God is using him to speak to me about what it means to be a follower of Christ. That is what matters. That is a GOOD thing!