“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
1 Corinthians 1:21 KJV
Bishop J. C. Ryle said about preaching in reference to this statement of Christ, “We ought to observe here, what infinite honor the Lord Jesus puts on the office of the preachers. It is an office which the eternal Son of God Himself undertook… The mere fact that the eternal Son of God undertook the office of a preacher, should satisfy us that preaching is one of the most valuable means of grace. To speak of preaching, as some do, as a thing of less importance than reading public prayers or administering the sacraments, is, to say the least, to exhibit ignorance of Scripture… Let us beware of despising preaching. In every age of the Church, it has been God’s principle instrument for awakening of sinners and the edifying of saints. The days when there has been little or no preaching have been days when there has been little or no good done in the Church. Let us hear sermons in a prayerful and reverent frame of mind, and remember that they are the principal engines which Christ Himself employed, when He was upon earth… By preaching, the Church of Christ was first gathered together and founded, and by preaching, it has even been maintained in health and prosperity. By preaching sinners are awakened. By preaching, inquirers are led on. By preaching, saints are built up. By preaching, Christianity is being carried to the heathen world… Let us pray daily for a continual supply of faithful preachers of God’s word. According to the state of the pulpit will also be the state of a congregation and of a Church. ”
What an important thing to stay true and committed and faithful to Gods plan for reaching the world through the local church!