What "Preaching Ourselves" Means

"For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake" (2 Cor. 4:5).

The pastor walked to the pulpit, opened his Bible, looked out at the congregation, and said, "After we read today's text, I want to give you something solid to base the Scripture on." What he gave them that day was his experiences and his opinions. He preached himself.

When we preach Jesus Christ as Lord, becoming the servant of others is a simple process. When we preach ourselves instead of Jesus, serving the people is the last thing on our minds. It has been observed that unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way, but all happy families have a great deal in common.

Likewise with the business of preaching the Word of God-there must be ten thousand ways of getting it wrong, but one big way of getting it right. The right way is to preach Jesus (Acts 8:35). On the other hand, if one is inclined to get it wrong, he could do no better than to "preach ourselves."

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