What is a preacher? What’s the function of a preacher?
I think it’s helpful when discussing different parts of the body to reiterate that the Body is healthiest when every part works together with the whole towards faithfulness to Christ (Ephesians 4:16). Every member is vital to the healthy functioning of the Body as a whole. But what happens when the multiplicity of Body parts stops working in unison and the Body begins to be deceived and led astray?
God sends His preachers to call the Body back into the way.
“Preachers” come in many different forms- they are not a stagnant office. Preachers are those God entrusts to deliver His message to His people; there have been many preachers in scripture called to be deliver God’s word; Solomon (Ecc. 1:1, 12); Noah (2 Peter 2:5); Jonah (3:1-2); John the Baptist (Mark 1:4); and Jesus (Mark 4:17). The apostle Paul wrote, “for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth” (1 Timothy 2:7 and 2 Timothy 1:11).
Anyone can be called by God to be a preacher because “preaching” is simply “the act of exhorting, prophesying, reproving, or teaching”. That’s why we have Solomon, who was a king, but also a preacher. Noah, who was a patriarch (essentially an elder), but was also a preacher. Jonah was a prophet, but also a preacher. Paul, who was an apostle as well as a teacher, also identified himself as one “appointed as a preacher”.
The preacher is a functional position, not a stagnant office. The preacher is known for his message, not his presentation or charisma. For the preacher, nothing is more important than what he has to say from God. He never speaks for himself. He is God’s messenger, and God’s messenger alone.
I believe the Church needs God-sent preachers today. But where are these voices calling us back to God through repentance?
In view of the great evil’s in our society today, the lack of such voices crying out should be cause of grave concern and trembling! It should drive every one of us to our knees daily, begging God to send out His servants to give us another chance to repent!