Reformed Baptist Fellowship

The Priority of Preaching

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on May 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

“Evangelical pastors commonly state that biblical preaching is the hallmark of their calling. Nevertheless, a careful observer might come to a very different conclusion. The priority of preaching is simply not evident in far too many churches.

We must affirm with Martin Luther that the preaching of the Word is the first essential mark of the church. Luther believed so strongly in the centrality of preaching that he stated, “Now, wherever you hear or see this Word preached, believed, professed, and lived, do not doubt that the true ecclesia sancta catholica [Christian, holy people] must be there.… And even if there were no other sign than this alone, it would still suffice to prove that a Christian, holy people must exist there, for God’s Word cannot be without God’s people and, conversely, God’s people cannot be without God’s Word.”1[1]


1 Martin Luther, “On the Councils and the Church,” in Luther’s Works [LW], ed. Jaroslav Pelikan (vols. 1–30) and Helmut T. Lehmann (vols. 31–55), vol. 41, Church and Ministry III, ed. Eric W. Gritsch, trans. Charles M. Jacobs and Eric W. Gritsch (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1966), 150.

[1] Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, ed. Don Kistler (Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2008), 1.

  1. What a basic, simple and evident truth that needs underscoring. Luther (typically) is so refreshing. What do we have besides or in addition to the word? Thank you for this timely reminder.

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  3. Too bad that some are so bold to say that Reformed Baptist place too much emphasis on preaching.

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