Sermon: Preaching & Equipping for Ministry

Each week I have the opportunity to visit a new church and listen to the preaching. This week I preached at my church, Kaleo. Based on where our church is at (a new plant that is 2-years old) and my experience with the Sheep & Goats, I decided to preach on Preaching & Equipping for Ministry.

  • Bruce Chant

    January 18, 2005, 9:33 pm

    Interesting you say the ‘Prophet’ is synonomous with the term “Preacher”. I’ve never heard that before. Is that a US / cultural thing?

  • D. Goodmanson

    January 18, 2005, 9:56 pm

    I wouldn’t say it’s ‘synonomous’ but that a ‘Biblical’ prophet utters God’s words as given by God, I would say a preacher utters God’s words looking back at the Scripture and what God spoke to and through man. In my sermon audio you will hear me say that if anyone goes around claiming to be a ‘prophet of God’ it is a pretty sure sign their nuts and probably will end up asking you to move to a Davidic Camp in Texas to drink Kool aid.

    Hebrew: nabi, from a root meaning “to bubble forth, as from a fountain,” hence “to utter”, compare Ps. 45:1)

    Nabi is is the first and the most generally used for a prophet. In the time of Samuel another word, ro’eh, “seer”, began to be used (1 Sam. 9:9). It occurs seven times in reference to Samuel. Afterwards another word, hozeh, “seer” (2 Sam. 24:11), was employed. In 1 Ch. 29:29 all these three words are used: “Samuel the seer (ro’eh), Nathan the prophet (nabi’), Gad the seer” (hozeh). In Josh. 13:22 Balaam is called (Hebrew) a kosem “diviner,” a word used only of a false prophet.

    The “prophet” proclaimed the message given to him, as the “seer” beheld the vision of God. (See Num. 12:6,8.) Thus a prophet was a spokesman for God; he spake in God’s name and by his authority (Ex. 7:1). He is the mouth by which God speaks to men (Jer. 1:9; Isa. 51:16), and hence what the prophet says is not of man but of God (2 Pet. 1:20,21; compare Heb. 3:7; Acts 4:25; 28:25).