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Writing should be seen as a ministry

The Great Commission calls upon Christians to take the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:18-20). We must be wise to find the most efficient and successful method to deliver the Word.

When God delivered the Law of Moses, he did so in print (Exodus 31:18). Likewise, God assembled the Bible to preserve Scripture for all generations (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Jesus is even called the Word, which can be both spoken and written (John 1:1).

Preaching and teaching won’t fade away because they’re essential to evangelism (2 Timothy 4:2; Galatians 1:6-9; Romans 10:14). Yet we can preach without speaking voices.

The written word is exceedingly powerful and persuasive and is the most timeless teaching tool (Job 19:23-24). We must be present with a speaker and either remember their words verbatim or have access to a recording.

Writing, though, can be taken anywhere and shared with countless people. The written word can reach more people than any recording.

Millions of books are printed and read every year in America alone and despite the prevalence of oral instruction, written words are the chosen method of the world’s schools and students.

God’s people are commanded to preach through the means at their disposal. We support brethren financially to preach, teach, evangelize, work with the elderly, etc. As a result, countless souls have been saved.

Yet, we seem to have forgotten writing. Considering its power, presence and permanence, why is it not considered a ministry? We complain about the lack of sound books and teaching materials, but we fail to ask the obvious questions.

What good could be done if sound, qualified writers were supported full-time to write articles, books and study materials so souls could be saved? How can we justify refusing to do so?

Most of the writing in the Lord’s Church is done by busy preachers who have more responsibilities than anyone can handle. We desperately need more commentaries and in-depth studies to counteract the prevalence of false doctrine in the religious world.

We are losing the information war as we speak.

Brethren, please consider this plea and let us turn this around and unleash our writers to the glory of God (Ephesians 3: 20-21). God gave us the people, abilities and resources and we are failing God by not putting them into action.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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4 thoughts on “Writing should be seen as a ministry

  1. Great article! Michael Whitworth is an excellent Christian author and member of the Lord’s church. He is currently writing commentaries for the books of the Bible. If you have not heard of him, search “Start2Finish”. He is doing an amazing work!

  2. Very good observations! I was, and continue to be, impressed with the general thrust of a little book called “Why Johnny Can’t Preach.” The thesis of this book: Johnny can’t preach because Johnny can’t read (comprehensively in context) and Johnny can’t write. Preaching is hollow more often than not if the preacher cannot understand the text in context and then communicate his findings in writing. A better reader and a better writer is a better preacher of the gospel. (cf. Revelation 1.3 and II Corinthians 11.6)

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