Rob Ventura on the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in Preaching

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Reformation 21 has posted an excellent article on “The Holy Spirit, His Ministry, and the Preacher of God” that I pray you find valuable.  Here’s an excerpt:

Preachers of the Word of God who would be the most useful laborers for our Lord and His church need to prepare themselves for their calling as Christian ministers. Typically, if they would be the most effective preachers of the Bible, they should have a good working knowledge of the original languages, Hebrew and Greek. In addition, they should be well versed in all of the various theological disciplines, such as exegetical theology, historical theology, systematic theology, biblical theology, practical and pastoral theology. Along with these prerequisites, they should also be men who have acquired for themselves sufficient tools for the task of preaching, such as an adequate library and various bible study tools.

Now, while all of these things are vitally important for the minister to be all that God would have him to be, none of them compares to the preacher’s great need of having the Holy Spirit and His ministry resting upon him and all of his pulpit labors. Now this axiom is so basic that one might consider an entire editorial on the subject unnecessary. However, the longer I am in the ministry, the more I am amazed at how often I forget it. In fact, I’m caused to wonder why so little is spoken about this subject in our day. Brothers, with C. H. Spurgeon, in his classic work Lectures to My Students, I trust we all can say personally, "I believe in the Holy Ghost." However, I wonder how many of us can say of a truth, "I need the Holy Ghost!"

Read the rest of the article here

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