Functions of the Preacher by Frank Damazio
The greatest power ever known is the spoken word of God. It has called worlds into being, toppled empires, healed and comforted the sick, shaken the proud, and resurrected the dead. Yet in far too many pulpits and in far too many individual’s lives, that powerful word lies unopened, unspoken, and therefore uncomprehended. Preached or understood poorly, the word of God has more power than your opinions preached powerfully.
1. The preacher as a steward. A steward is the trustee and dispenser of another person’s goods, one who manages the household affairs, property, and accounts. This steward must be trustworthy because he is given a great level of authority. Titus lists the qualifications for a bishop, a high ranking leader, one of which is to be a “steward of God” (1:7). Stewards do not cut corners, they do not spread rumors about the family they serve, but they live absolutely above reproach.
2. The preacher as a guardian. The preacher is to carefully guard the Scriptures from harm and be faithful to dispense them. He or she is a watchperson devoted to keeping something well protected, as a watchman protects a city.
3. The preacher as a herald. A herald is a proclaimer of a message given to him by the one who he is under, a messenger sent to announce. This messenger stood before kings, military commanders, and ambassadors, conveying official messages. In the ancient world, the herald must be a person of integrity and character, since he would faithfully make all public proclamations. The king had to trust the herald to speak truth.
You are given an important task – to preach the word of God. Be faithful to the message, study hard, and dispense the treasure that God has imparted to you.