Body Ministry – BT4
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Where do the preachers fit in? They are supposed to be the evangelists!
We also see a link between the evangelist-preacher (a), apostles, teachers (b), and even prophets (i), especially in 2 Timothy 4:2 where Paul encourages Timothy, the evangelist to “preach the logos gospel message . . . to gently convince/correct (c), charge/urge/rebuke, and parakaleo come-alongside-to-counsel . . . with absolute patience and doctrine (d)” and “strongly urge and teach these things (e) . . . devoting yourself to the . . . the invocation (f), and the teaching. Do not neglect your grace-gift [of evangelism/preaching he received by the laying on of hands] . . . practice these things, immerse yourself in them . . . Keep a close watch on (g) yourself and on the teaching (h). Persist in this, for by so doing you save (rescue/heal) both yourself and your hearers.” <Notes> a) kerux: preacher, announcer, herald, town-crier proclaiming critical news for the public to know. 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11; 2 Peter 2:5; from the verb kerusso: 25 occurrences of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ: Luke 9:6, 20:1; Acts 8:25, 40, 14:7, 21, 16:10; Romans 1:15, 15:20, 16:25, 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:16, 18, 15:1; 2 Corinthians 2:12, 8:18, 10:16, 11:7; Galatians 1:8, 9, 11, 3:8, 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:8; 1 Peter 4:6, b) 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11 – see Coaches and Facilitators and Teach One Another, c) reprove, d) didache: the teaching, e) 1 Timothy 4:11, cf. 6:2, f) 1 Timothy 4:13: paraklesis from parakaleo: the “calling to be close-beside” the congregation is the “invocation” of the Holy Spirit was still an early Church tradition per Hippolytus of Rome in 200 AD, g) ep + echo: hold upon – that’s a function of an overseer too, h) as specific kind of teaching – the “sound doctrine” Paul taught him of Jesus’ sound words: 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; 2 Timothy 4:3, i) Acts 13:1.
That should make many of you wonder who that person up there talking to you every Sunday thinks they are? If they are speaking the logos gospel message then they are preachers or evangelists, but then you have to ask: “Are there any unsaved people in the congregation that they are preaching to in order to save them?” Maybe there IS some regular church-goers that really aren’t saved? But if they aren’t speaking the gospel, they really aren’t preachers, but simply one of many teachers in the Body-of-Christ that should be using their grace-gift of teaching!