Romans 10:14 “…And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”
It is unfortunate that the word “preaching” carries negative connotations within many churches. I have heard “talks” and “reflections” along with “your encouragement for today.” I believe the case can be made that a lack of preaching produces a lack of spiritual understanding resulting in churches filled with people who have a false sense of security.
We cannot have faith in the Gospel if we never hear the word of Christ. (Rom. 10:17) Faith in Christ requires us to die to ourselves and live only to God. The Spirit of God facilitates this within us. (Rom. 8:13) When the Word of God is proclaimed it is repugnant to the flesh. People don’t want to hear it because it is a call to glorify God only and die to the callings of their flesh. It is much easier to listen to a practical application, watch a video, or “allow the Spirit to move” in a worship service. This is building your house on a foundation of sand. (Matt. 7:26)
Those who proclaim truth are to handle it properly. (II Tim. 2:15) Scripture needs to be compared to Scripture. Contextual expository preaching reveals the entire counsel of God. The congregants need to be elevated to the Word of God. If we are to truly hear the Word of God – to understand it and have the the Spirit of God use it in our lives to produce fruit – then we must be preached to. This is the pathway of hearing.