Word Of The Week: Preach

The verb “preach” translates a couple of different Greek words, but the combined meaning is to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus. Sometimes it means to give a public speech (Matt. 3:1-2; Acts 10:37). But sometimes it simply means to convey the truth indirectly.

Vine says of Acts 11:19: “What is indicated here is not a formal preaching by the believers ... but a general testimony to all with whom they came into contact” (p. 482).

All Christians have the duty to “preach,” not as a vocation but as those who have received the wonderful blessing of salvation from God. This is such good news that we should feel compelled to share it with others who are in need of what we have discovered.

This requires alertness, a sense of purpose, observing others, introducing spiritual thoughts into conversation and being prepared to discuss the gospel when someone opens the door.