To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Mar 6, 2018 by Max Goins, Congregational Care Pastor


I write this article having been a preacher of the Word for more than half a century.  I am just as excited about preaching today as I was when I began serving my first congregation in the fall of 1961.  I want you to understand why I love it so much.

13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:  “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”.   (Romans 10:13-15).

Preaching is indispensable to Christianity.  Without preaching, a necessary part of its authenticity has been lost.  Christianity is in its very nature a product of the Word of God.  We cannot understand Christianity without believing that the Living God has revealed Himself to fallen humanity through the Word of God, the Bible.  The Bible is His straightforward communication with mankind.  He also calls upon those of us who have heard His word to teach it to others.

First, God spoke through the prophets, revealing to them His message and expecting them to pass it and all of its significance on to mankind.  Next, and supremely, He spoke through His Son, “The Word that was made flesh so He could live among us, revealing God as He went.  Today, He speaks through His Holy Spirit who Himself bears witness to Christ and the Holy Scriptures. 

I have spent much of my life preparing to preach.  I grew up in an area of great preaching.  The two men, Bob Lyttle, and Russell Martin, who were my home preachers were the most important men in my life.  (Next to my dad).   Years of College Education under the tutelage of wonderful teachers like Don DeWelt and Woodrow Phillips, helped hone my abilities.  I have read hundreds of books on preaching by the master preachers of the world.  However, most of all, the leadership of the Holy Spirit has been my primary inspiration.  The words of our text fill me with as much happiness and joy today as they did the first time I read them.  I love to preach because I love God and I want all mankind to love Him.  I want all men to “call on the name of the Lord and be saved”.  If you have not done so, let’s talk.   

 Max Goins

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