The difference between preaching and teaching is crucial to spiritual construction. Much of the sterility possess in our churches can be reduced-and thus we would have more fruitful churches-if we have a clear knowledge of this distinction between preaching and Christian training them in.
Why is this so? Precisely why do we be required to know the difference?
Because 2 activities have different goals and have different methods for attaining those goals. It is like feeding infants older. You don’t feed them the same food and in the unique way. Infants are by and large fed with milk they will suck their own mother’s breast or in the bottle. Adults are fed with solid food which take by their own hands.
But in every one of our churches people who are not yet even spiritual infants, for the reason that have not actualized their faith given in baptism (as in most Catholic churches), or as they definitely have not really accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior (as in Evangelical churches), are a large number of the time given solid food by Christian tutoring. What these not-yet-spiritual infants want is preaching, not Christian teaching.
On one other hand we have many churches where the pastor keeps on preaching using a congregation of long time Christians already, spiritual Christians. And he still preaches in order to those Christians. What these Christians need is not preaching, but Christian illustrating. They have already grown as Christians. Whatever need is spiritual nutrients, not the seed of God in order they can be born far more. In some in the churches they have even called their main service as Preaching Service.
The goal of preaching is transformation, while that Christian teaching is conformation. The goal of preaching might be to transform the listener so that he or she turns into a child of God from being simply human as. He or she is transformed due to a life of sin a few life of holiness from God’s point of view. Or even she is a new animal. He or she leaves their her old life and burns the bridge leading from it in a new way that even if they wants, she or she still cannot go to that old life.
The goal of Christian teaching is conformation on the image of Jesus. Fresh creature now becomes as well as more more conformed or configured to that of God as revealed in Jesus. The listener to Christian teaching is already a child of Lord. He or she now grows as a child of God and Christian teaching makes him or her similar to his or her parent God. This is the reasons for Christian helping.
And the means realize these two different goals also differ although they both use words and images.
In preaching the means is by announcing the good news of Jesus Christ, what Jesus did for that listener, specially in his suffering, death, burial and resurrection. By hearing and seeing this announcement the body’s convicted by the power from the Holy Spirit of their own her sin and turns to Christ as the one in order to solve or even her her problem of failure.
In Christian teaching the means is actually showing the person of Jesus to the listener positive he or she gazes upon him and becomes more and more conformed to the image of Jesus. Moralizing is not basic to Christian teaching and yet most men and women Christian teaching is a discourse on morality, how the Christian is always to behave in himself/herself and within the world.
In preaching we the newest power of God, ushering us to eternal life-style. In Christian teaching we experience his wisdom, enabling us to think, speak and act like Jesus. Along with the Apostle Paul tells us that Christ is the particular and wisdom of God. It is all of the work of Christ. The preacher along with the teacher merely ministers of Christ.
Let preaching be accomplished for those that not actualized their Christian life, those who have not yet really accepted Jesus given that Lord and Savior of their life. But let Christian teaching be done for people who are already actualized or professed Christians. In this way lives are transformed and transformed lives are more etc . conformed to the life of God in Jesus, thus turning planet upside down as the Apostles did during their time.