The Making of a Good Preacher

by Steve Preston
What makes a good preacher? A great speaking voice? The use of words that ordinary people can understand? The ability to excite people to learn the word of God?
Certainly, these can play a part in the making of a good preacher, but we expect these qualities from anyone preaching the word.
As in everything concerning religion and the Bible, God has told us what he expects a good preacher to be.
In 1 Timothy 4:6 we read this: “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed” (ESV).
Our Father says that a good preacher will remind the people of what God says. It is not the job of a preacher to convince anyone of anything. It is simply to tell people what God expects out of each of us.
Some preachers command more attention and respect than others, but anyone preaching the true word of God should be held in high esteem. Why? Because God says those people are “good” ministers.
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