Preaching on hell is no easy task. What do pastors themselves need in order to do it well?
Hell is an awful and overwhelming reality. Yet where Scripture speaks, pastors must not be silent. Here are four things pastors should preach about hell:
Why are pastors afraid of preaching about hell?
1. It’s in the Bible. As difficult as the subject is, pastors must proclaim the whole counsel of God.
2. It acts as ballast for their ministries. It’s easy for pastors to drift off track by making a good thing the main thing. Preaching hell reminds us that there is no more urgent task than proclaiming to the world the good news that forgiveness of sins is offered through Jesus Christ!
Many people think that, if it even exists, hell must reflect some defect in God’s character. Yet as hard as it may be for us to grasp, the reality is just the opposite: hell displays God’s glory.
How does hell glorify God?
Some people think that by rejecting or ignoring the doctrine of hell, they are making God more glorious and more loving. Far from it! The horrific nature of what we have been saved from only intensifies the glory of what we have been saved to. With that in mind, here are four reasons why the doctrine of hell is integral to the gospel.
Is there a contradiction between systematic theology and faithful preaching of the text? Can we faithfully do both?9Marks
The answer to that question depends on how closely related to the gospel a doctrine is and how much practical impact it has on the Christian life.