Tuesday, July 1, 2014

day no. 13,035: logos, ethos and pathos (a brief word on preaching the Word)

So I decided to start studying deeply the book of Isaiah on weekends.  I received a commentary from a friend maybe 6 or 7 years ago on the book of Isaiah called "God Saves Sinners" by Ray Ortlund, Jr.

I am going to read through the commentary as I read through the book of Isaiah in order to more deeply study it.

In the opening pages of the book Ortlund offers a "Word to those that preach the Word."

He reminds us who preach that the Logos (the Word) is paramount.  Jesus is the Word who was in the beginning and who was with God and who was and is and ever will be God.

We have to be men of ethos as well.  Substantive men who let the Word sink deeply into us and to teach and instruct us first so that we can in turn, teach others (Ezra 7:10).

Lastly, we have to be men employing pathos.  We have to bring our charisma and character and convictions to light by launching them out with the tone, candor, speed and pitch appropriate to the power of the message we preach.

A man who has studied the Word, been nourished by the Word and persuasively preaching from their unique person the Word they know and believe is the kind of man preachers are called to be.

No comments:

Post a Comment