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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

WHY IS PREACHING THE TEXT IMPORTANT?

Now you might ask, “Why is it important that we preach the Word of God as God intended us to preach it?” And “How do you know how we are to preach the Word of God?”

Personally I haven’t met any preacher (who I know personally) who does not believe he is preaching the Word of God, especially if it’s from the KJV Bible.

When I went to Bible Baptist Seminary, (Bible....Baptist) we were taught the Bible, Genesis to Revelation. So to know the Bible was very important, to know what the Word of God said was very consequential. Almost every class was to teach us the Bible verse by verse. There were no better teachers than Earl K. Oldham, Wayne Martin, George Norris, Raymond Barber, Bob Cunningham. I departed the Seminary presuming I was fully ready to preach the Bible and to be a Fundamental Baptist preacher and pastor. After all, the biggest churches in America at the time were pastored by preachers who were educated at the Bible Baptist Seminary under Dr. J. Frank Norris.

I am getting off the subject: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD? WHY SHOULD WE KEEP WITH THE TEXT OF SCRIPTURE WHEN WE ARE PREACHING?

IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT WE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE AS THE WORD OF GOD, AND UNDERSTAND HIS WORDS AS HE HAS INTENDED THEM TO BE UNDERSTOOD.

WHY!!!!!! While there is a general revelation of God that men and women know God at some level of awareness because of God’s revealing work both within them and in His creation and thoughtful care, general revelation is not adequate to give them the information of God that is imperative for salvation.

I have come to believe the single most important reason why we shouldn’t get disconnected with the text of scripture is that it might lead us away from the God foreordained way of the salvation of mankind.

From the fundamental, independent, Baptist point of view, it seems the purpose of preaching is that people are brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and learn to know Him and live for Him.

The single most important doctrine that we need to have the truth about is how does a person come to know Jesus Christ as Saviour? In this post modern world in which we live, that truth is buried. What is “truth” is in question.

Ask the nearest IBF preacher to describe to you the way of salvation and how he gives an invitation for someone to be “born again.” Or for that matter any preacher who claims to be speaking from the Word of God! An absolute understanding of the Bible text concerning the “What Must I Do To Be Saved” is the difference between Heaven and Hell.
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