The Holy Spirit In Preaching -- By: Jake Roudkovski
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The Holy Spirit In Preaching
Dr. Jake Roudkovski is Assistant Professor of Evangelism, occupying the Max and Bonnie Thornhill Chair of Evangelism, and Director of Supervised Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Holy Spirit is indispensable to the task of effective preaching. Charles Haddon Spurgeon is reported to have climbed the fifteen steps leading up to the pulpit in the Metropolitan Tabernacle while he muttered at each step, “I believe in the Holy Ghost.”1
Spurgeon exhorted his students to depend on the Holy Spirit in preaching: “If there is to be a Divine result from God’s Word, the Holy Spirit must go forth with it.”2 Stephen Olford contended, “Only the Holy Spirit can transform a manuscript into a message.”3 How can we preach messages that bring about divine results? The answer lies in “a fresh and continual dependence on the Holy Spirit.”4
Even though the intent of the article is not to provide an exhaustive treatment on the role of the Holy Spirit in preaching, I will attempt to give a general overview to the role of the Holy Spirit in preaching by amplifying the preacher’s dependence on the Holy Spirit in four areas: (1) the preacher’s dependence on the Holy Spirit in his daily life, (2) the preacher’s dependence on the Holy Spirit in his preparation, (3) the preacher’s dependence on the Holy Spirit in the preaching event, and (4) the preacher’s dependence on the work of Holy Spirit among his audience.
The Holy Spirit And The Preacher
The proclaimer of the Word must depend on the Holy Spirit in his daily life. The preacher’s dependence on the Holy Spirit occurs when he is aware of what the Holy Spirit has done in his life and then when he is eager to obey the commandments of the Word of God in regard to the Holy Spirit. When a person places his or her faith in Jesus as Savior
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and Lord, the Holy Spirit brings to pass several dynamics to the life of the believer. First, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer at the moment of conversion (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit does not come in and then move out when a believer sins like a person who checks in and out at the hotel. The Holy Spirit comes into the believer’s life and finds a permanent residence there. When the preacher is aware that God in His grace saved him, he should be eternally grateful fo...
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