Of Preaching and Teaching

Preaching focuses on a call to action more so than explaining something. Teaching focuses on explaining something more so than a call to action. For example John the Baptist in Matthew 3:2 and Jesus in Matthew 4:17 preached saying repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Scriptures that support preaching focus on a call to action include Matt 3:1-2; 4:17; Rom 10:8-10, 11-14, 15-17; Judges 4:4-5,6-7,8-10.

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There are many ways to describe the similarity and difference between preaching and teaching. Non-believers require more
preaching than teaching. Believers may require more teaching than preaching. Yet, both groups require some measure of both preaching and teaching at least at some points in time. One might say preaching is designed to move a person to some end; teaching is designed to tell a person in some detail how to move.

A herald is one that goes before or announces the coming of another or news about another. A herald is an official messenger that conveys or proclaims news of some sort. A herald actively promotes or advocates for another or something. An ambassador is a herald who is an official messenger of the one the ambassador represents. The scripture teaches all Christians, male and females, are ambassadors for Christ and are therefore heralds of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ.

Preachers are heralds concerning Jesus Christ. So then male and females may be preachers in the sense of ambassadorship. But we know that there are different levels of ambassadorship in the kingdom of God, e.g., elders and non-elders.

One ordinarily consider preaching as occurring publicly. However, the account of the prophet Nathan speaking to David (2 Samuel 12:7) and the account of the prophetess Huldah speaking to the men as requested by the King (2 Kings 22:14-20) shows preaching may occur privately. Indeed both Nathan and Huldah were heralds, ambassadors, official messengers from God.

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