Preaching IS always effectual, but how far from the mark can preaching be and still be preaching? Can an arminian preach then? Does Billy Graham preach?
And in the definitions I see nothing that restricts preaching to inside a church building on Sunday. What are the places and persons that must be included in this definition. Must it flow from the authority of a church or merely from a God-called individual, whether a church yet exists or not?
LBC 14:1 The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word; by which also, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord's supper, prayer, and other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened.
My agenda is as follows:
Overseas there is a great variation in how I and others teach the Word. I am trying to probe which of these situation warrant the name preaching or teaching or storytelling the Gospel, etc. Didn't the NT speak of Gospelling? We sit around fires all night, we talk while on the trail or in canoes, I rarely stand and raise my voice.... I use pictures and explain the pictures....
So, in short, I am trying to figure out just what I am doing here?