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Role of a Preacher
The role of the preacher in the church is seen in two things: the designations used in the Bible for him and the duties defined for him in the New Testament.
The Designations Used in the Bible
Minister (Romans 15:16)
A minister (taken from the Greek word λειτουργός, leitourgos) is one who cares for another.
Evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5)
An evangelist is a “bringer of good tidings,” or a “messenger of good.” He is one who brings the good news of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Preacher (Romans 10:14)
A preacher is one whose duty it is to make public proclamations. In the ancient Greek world from which the New Testament idea comes, he was characterized as an individual who could speak loudly and clearly so as to be understood at a distance (Habakkuk 2:2). Also, this herald was to deliver the message which had been given by one in authority. The preacher delivers God’s message. Moreover, the Greeks understood that a “preacher” had to be precise in delivering the message exactly as he had received it.
The gospel preacher must be one who clearly, forcefully, and accurately delivers to man God’s message of reconciliation (Matthew 4:4; Acts 20:27).
The Duties Defined in the New Testament
Do the work of an evangelist and fulfill your ministry (2 Timothy 4:5)
Preach the word (2 Timothy 4:2)
Be faithful regardless of personal costs (1 Timothy 1:3; 5:21; 2 Timothy 4:2, 5)
Study (2 Timothy 2:15)
Pray and teach others to pray (1 Timothy 2:1, 2)
Train others to preach the word (2 Timothy 2:2)
Provide an example of Christian living (1 Timothy 4:12)