by Robert Earl Houston
I saw this subject shared by an Apostolic friend on Facebook, and did some adapting for those of us in the Baptist family:
I pledge to God that I will preach in season and out of season the tenants of the Christian faith. I will preach the whole counsel of God. I will not neglect the necessary time of prayer, devotion, meditation and preparation to give to the people of God the very best of my service.
I will preach . . . even when it hurts the congregation and/or me personally.
Knowing that I am in a lineage of those who have carried the gospel of Jesus Christ and proclaimed it at great personal peril and price, I will not barter away my participation in preaching the Word of God. I will preach the Word faithfully, impassioned by the knowledge that every word must count, every sentence can be life and death to the hearer and that salvation is not through the power of my presence but by the excellency in Christ Jesus.
I will preach the Word of God and be prepared at all times to preach the Gospel. My preaching is subject to the leading of the Holy Spirit and I refuse to abdicate my duty to preach using every available tool at my availability. I will preach the Gospel to those who are in high authority, those who have achieved academic or public success and yet I will preach to those who are outcasts, overlooked and outside of the social stratosphere. This gospel is protected by the Holy Spirit but must not be censored from the hurting, the displaced and those who are going through the trials of life.
I will preach . . . even if there is only a handful to hear me.
I recognize that preaching is not a vocation, it’s the calling that God has upon my life. I was born to preach – even if I didn’t recognize in my earlier years, God has prepared me, to preach the gospel, for such a time as this. Therefore, this Gospel will not be bought, bartered nor purchased to change it’s ramifications. This Gospel cannot be coerced to be palatable. This Gospel cannot be presented watered-down, sugar-coated and must never be proclaimed without including the death, burial, resurrection and return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I preach a gospel that is inclusive of the presence of the Godhead – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – always eternal, always faithful, and always seeking reconciliation with mankind. Not only will I preach it, I must apply it’s principles to my own life.
I will preach . . . and support others who do and help those who will come after me in this lineage of ministry.
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