Christ must be proclaimed biblically.
Nothing has been said yet about the character of the preacher. This has been deliberate. It’s not the character of the preacher but the character of the word that is determinative. It’s not ultimately the skills, gifts or even godliness of the preacher that will bring the word home to hearers. The Second Helvetic Confession continues its article on preaching by saying...
... the Word itself which is preached is to be regarded, not the minister that preaches; for even if he be evil and a sinner, nevertheless the Word of God remains still true and good.
Whatever we say about the character, gifting or expertise of the preacher it must begin with these immovable indicatives. The preacher is, first, recipient (and a thoroughly unworthy recipient) of God’s overflowing revelation. We gratefully hear this word, knowing its divine source and character. Preachers though find themselves carried along in the same movement to testify to this same Word that holds them captive.
Thus the preacher is never a person capable of preaching. Really the true mark of the preacher is that they are incapable of doing otherwise.
“If I say, "I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name," there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, indeed I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9)
This paper has sought to provide an answer to the ‘How can?’ of preaching. Hopefully, along the way, some of the ‘How to?’ has been addressed as well. Yet, in the end, a true understanding of preaching should always propel us to the most urgent question: ‘How can we not?’
“I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16);
“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak.” (2 Cor 4:13)
“The love of Christ controls us … Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us… (2 Cor 5:14-21)