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Prioritising preaching?

One of the great features of modern conservative evangelicalism is that over the last 50 years we have seen a restoration of the centrality of preaching in the churches.

Comment John Benton
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This is tremendously welcome. To hear good sound expositions of Scripture is like fresh water to a thirsty soul. But has the emphasis on preaching left us somewhat unbalanced? For the apostles, prayer and the word were inseparable. Faced with the extra challenges of a growing church, the apostles prioritised not one, but both activities. They had to delegate waiting on tables and explained, ‘(we) will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word’ (Acts 6.4). Notice prayer comes first.