2 Timothy 4 ESV
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
Who Can Preach?
The word “preach” in Greek is “kerusso” and it means “to be a herald, to proclaim.” It means to “announce a message publicly and with conviction (persuasion).” It refers to “preaching the gospel of Christ as the authoritative word of God, bringing eternal accountability to all who hear it.” (source: Bible Hub)
In Romans 1 Paul was thankful to God about the Christians (all those loved by God and called to be saints) that their faith was being proclaimed in all the world. And Peter said that we who are the saints of God are a chosen race and a royal priesthood and a holy nation (spiritual, not physical), a people for God’s own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light (Rom 1:7-8; 1 Pet 2:9). So, all Christians, male or female, can preach (proclaim) the gospel.
And to prophesy is to “speak forth” that “which reveals the mind (message) of God in a particular situation” (Bible Hub). And we read in 1 Corinthians 14 that “the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.” And “speak” is another word for “proclaim.” And we read in Acts 2 (quoting from Joel 2) that in the last days God will pour out his Spirit on all flesh, and our sons and our daughters (both male and female) will prophesy. They will proclaim the word of God.
So, “preaching” (proclaiming) the gospel, and the word of God, is not the same as being a pastor or an elder (an overseer) in the church. One who preaches merely proclaims what the Scriptures teach, but in all practicality and application to our lives today.
So, a preacher is not necessarily one who is in a position of authority over anyone, so being a preacher (a herald, one who proclaims the gospel, the word of God) is not assigned to men only. And all of us Christians are to be exhorting, rebuking, and reproving one another in the faith, and we are to speak the truth in love to one another, and we are to teach and instruct and admonish one another with all wisdom (see the following Scriptures).
[Matt 5:13-16; Matt 28:18-20; Jn 4:31-38; Jn 13:13-17; Jn 14:12; Acts 1:8; Acts 26:18; Rom 10:14-15; Rom 12:1-8; Rom 15:14; 1 Co 12:1-31; Eph 4:1-16; Eph 5:17-27; Php 2:1-8; Col 3:16; Heb 3:13; Heb 10:23-25; 1 Pet 2:9,21; 1 Jn 2:6]
And we are absolutely living in those times now when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. And so it is critical that as many of us who will to preach the Word of God, the gospel of our salvation. And right now the internet in America is open for us to do that, but not everywhere. So, this is to encourage you to be sharing the gospel and the truth of God’s word to as many as will listen before our Lord returns.
An Original Work / February 8, 2014
Wait for your Lord. Be of courage.
Be strong, and take heart today.
God is always watching o’er you.
Trust Him with your life always.
Sing of your Lord. Praise His blessings.
Believe in His sovereignty.
He delivered you from your sin;
Gave you life eternally.
Rest in your Lord. Know His promise.
Beneath His wings rest secure.
Your God has a plan and purpose.
Let your faith in Him endure.
Trust in your Lord. He’ll not leave you,
Because He is faithfulness.
He will lead and guide; protect you.
In His love you can find rest.