Jesus and His Preaching

by Clarence DeLoach, Jr.
When Jesus began His ministry, He “came preaching.” We should study carefully his preaching as our role model.
Jesus’ preaching was not just a presentation of propositional truth. His content was truth that man needed to know to be free (John 8:32). But follow him closely and you will see that his message was people-oriented. It was not just a string of theological propositions.
He preached wherever people were, including: (1) the temple court (Matthew 21:23); (2) synagogues (Matthew 4:23); (3) and through all the towns and villages (Matthew 11:1). He preached in Galilee and Judea and in Gentile territory. But wherever he preached, his messages were shaped to the needs and situations of his hearers.
He went where the people were. A meal in a home provided an opportunity to share great insights into life. Some audiences were composed of multitudes, but most of his teaching was where two or three were gathered. He walked on busy roads and down village paths. He went to those that society wanted to forget. He never went to a place to advertise a meeting and send invitations. He went to people, and the common folk heard him gladly. He went to the work place and called people right off the job. Peter and Andrew were fishing, and Matthew was gathering taxes.
Jesus identified with people. Since Jesus was a carpenter from a small town, the ordinary people found it easy to identify with him. He knew and understood the hurts they experienced. He moved among them with a keen eye and a listening ear. He heard their pain, fear, and desires. He heard the plea of mothers, fathers, and friends. He disputed with religious leaders, talked to women, and even ate with sinners.
Jesus was a people person. He demonstrated respect and compassion for humanity. He never sought to manipulate or exploit any person. Jesus took risks that endeared him to some, marked him as foolish to others, and made him appear as a courageous teacher to yet others.
So, his preaching was not just propositional. It was also relational. Let’s emulate his example and be committed to truth, and also be people-oriented.
Thanks to The Voice of Truth International, Vol 6, page 89.

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