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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Who Would Dare to Preach?


Preaching is a strange business. It requires you to stand up and speak with authority and pointed passion to people who may well be your intellectual and spiritual betters. But a man who has confidence in the word of God has everything he needs for the task. Here’s how Herman Bavinck put it:

For if a minister is not convinced of the divine truth of the word he preaches, his preaching loses all authority, influence, and power. If he is not able to bring a message from God, who then gives him the right to act on behalf of people of like nature with himself? Who gives him the freedom to put himself in the pulpit [a few feet] above them, to speak to them about the highest interest of their soul and life and even to proclaim to them their eternal weal or woe? Who would dare, who would be able to do this, unless he has a word of God to proclaim?

-- Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 1 (p. 461)

Topics: Preaching

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"But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:16).

Geneva Study Bible:

"We are endued with the Spirit of Christ, who opens to us those secrets which by all other means are unsearchable, and also any truth at all."

Matthew Henry:

"In the Holy Scriptures, the mind of Christ, and the mind of God in Christ, are fully made known to us. It is the great privilege of Christians, that they have the mind of Christ revealed to them by his Spirit. They experience his sanctifying power in their hearts, and bring forth good fruits in their lives."

Yes, preachers do need to be confident, but more than confident about the messages that they are preaching. If they are, they will get the attention of the their congregation and they will want to come back.


    God gives certain words to preachers in this official blog and it is up to the preachers to be confident in that word so that they can communicate more effectively.

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