Is Preaching Like Administering CPR?


I once heard Pastor Jack Hayford, who now serves as the president for the “Foursquare” denomination, use the illustration of CPR as being similar to his idea of preaching the Bible. He likened his sermon preparation as an “inhaling” of God’s Word and then the sermon itself as an “exhaling”. I have always liked his illustration for the following reasons:

Pastors are to be consecrated or set apart to the ministry of the Word and Prayer. The primary vocational interests of the preaching Pastor is to diagnose the ills of his people and offer them the healing medicine of God’s Word. Preaching should therefore carry with it the gravity of life and death. Eternal life is at stake in the preached Word.

The preaching of the Word, though foolish to many, is the primary means of grace for Spiritual growth and the necessary means for Spiritual birth.

© 2008, Rick Hogaboam. All rights reserved.

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