2 Corinthians 13:10 A Wiser Course of Preaching

2 Corinthians 13:10 (KJV)
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

There is a power that comes with the call to preach, a power of persuasion, rhetoric and influence. Not all preachers have this power to the same degree or over the same number of people but we all possess it.  A preacher is wise to recognize it and to handle the power carefully.

Paul classifies the power into just two groups:

  • The power to edification
  • The power to destruction

He does not say a preacher must always use the power to edification. There is an appropriate time to pull down and destroy. However he does indicate a desire to edify rather than destroy. I have met some preachers whose whole ministry is focused on destruction. Every message is meant to condemn intimidate cast down and tear up.

A wiser course would be to plow up only so you can plant, water, nurture and grow.


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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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