SWAT REPORT # 78 02-12-07



An essay on "The call to preach"

Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Romans 10:14 "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"

Romans 10:15 "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"

We are all familiar with the great commission and the miserable failure of the followers of Jesus Christ to fulfill it. As time draws imminent to the coming of our Blessed Hope it becomes appallingly evident that instead of gaining upon this wonderful goal of preaching the gospel to every creature, the world is gaining against the servant of God and speeding out of audible range while many commissioned are rather retreating to the caves of comfort and trenches of tradition.


The Bible has many exciting stories of the preachers of God who were faithful in their daily walk, whether as peons or kings, to preach the gospel to those within their earshot. The Elijahs, Shemaiah's, Nathans, Davids, Abijahs, Hezekiahs, Philips, Stephens, Apollos, and many anonymous prophets and seers whose testimonies are consistent not to mention any specific "call" of God upon their lives should serve encouragement to any "wanabe" in the service of our Lord. Amos' testimony in Amos chapter seven is the most evident. Amos was minding his herd and orchard when, "the Lord took him." Would the Lord take any man who had the spiritual vision and fortitude to lend his vocal cords to the challenge of the great commission?

In my early Christian life I served in a fine unit of spiritual military headed by a great general. I quickly found service there and filled many gaps in our hedge. However, all of the brass in this unit received their training and commissions from institutions where a common Biblical error was taught without question. This being, that if you dare to enter the field of preaching without a call from God you are likely to cause a great deal of damage. The standard line was, "If you can be happy doing anything besides preaching then you are not called of God." This unbiblical theology gendered two great evils. First, those who "felt the call" were instantly given a commission and treated as officers while those who did not "feel the call" remained non-commissioned; thus producing somewhat of a caste system, the roots of which seek nutrition from Calvinism. Secondly, it gently excused those who, in their sincerity, examined themselves and though they may have had the desire, lacked initial courage, example, and challenge to pursue an officer status lest they add to the category of "mama-called-and papa-sent" hypocrites already flooding the ministry.

I am preparing to teach a class in out Bible institute here in Romania on preparation and delivery of sermons. My opening lecture will hopefully convince all males present that if every man would preach, every man would hear. Think of the difference Bible believing men could make in this world if every man would preach. If every football player would preach the crowds would hear. If every businessman would preach they would hear it in the office. If every president would preach they would hear it in the executive suite. If every plumber would preach they would hear it in the basement. If every teacher would preach they would hear it in the classroom. If every lawyer would preach they would hear it in the courtroom.

Your arguments are mute. Concerning these last two categories, I know of a teacher who preached in the classroom. They were such an exemplary teacher that when an objection came to the principle, the teacher was defended.

You must be able to discern by this point in the essay that by preaching I am not ALWAYS referring to the street meeting scene that we are familiar with, nor am I ALWAYS referring to three-points-and-a poem. Preaching by wise people can be done to accommodate the setting.

I know of a lawyer who has an office in a small town. At four o'clock on Friday afternoon he closes his office and walks downstairs and out the door in front of his office building and joins his local church in that location for their regular street meeting. When the police object, the pastor tells the officer, "If you will wait until this man is finished preaching you may talk to our attorney."


Does the Lord take volunteers? I believe I recall Isaiah saying, "Here am I Lord, send me." Yes, indeed Isaiah had an unusual experience with his vision of the Lord. Truly, the fashion of how his sin was taken away was most unique. Without doubt Isaiah heard the Lord speak and ask the question, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" But his commission came after he volunteered. Can we not all identify with similarly unique experiences with the Lord; seeing the Lord, in our place on the cross; hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit calling, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" If we all volunteered to fill that gap would the Lord give this seeming second-work-of-grace to another whom He "called?"


If every man would preach, these men would be inclined toward living it. There is a necessity placed upon those who win the victory and thrust themselves out of the foxhole and into the line of fire. I have heard many say they do not have scripture bumper stickers on their car because they might be a bad testimony. If you think about that for a half-minute it really is pathetically funny. Which comes first the exemplary testimony or the victory to preach. Well, if we all waited for the exemplary testimony how many of us would have ever begun preaching? Hopefully, each would compliment and motivate the other.

If every man preached it and lived it…or lived it and preached it…I really don't care which order they occur, then every man would be surrounded by the living gospel and there would be no excuse.

Hey, it's just a suggestion…what have we got to lose…we certainly are not nearing the finished job of the great commission with our present mode of operation.

Great Commission…Great Challenge Simple solution


Photos 7801 Daniel street preaching in his own city…Brasov 7802 Mihai street preaching in his small gypsy village 7803 Preachers I taught in another Bible college in the north 7804 Moses preaching 50 yards from his own home in a very small gypsy village 7805 Chris Smith preaching in Brasov with Cornel one of our good men and translators 7806 I am ministering in a British hospice here in Romania…great opportunity…Johnny, a college student here, is my translator

Training every man to preach so that every man will hear
Gerald Sutek from the states 011-40-268-477-243

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