Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
March 15, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Commission to Preach
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday March 15, 2015
The Commission to Preach
“ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” ( Matt. 28:19).
Beloved Readers - This sermon was delivered at an ordination service 
for one of the ministers at our church. 


The whole of human knowledge can be placed into three broad 
categories, namely The Natural Sciences, The Social Sciences and 
Religion. Two of the areas have writers, theories, and revision while 
the third area, Religion/Christianity foundation book - The Bible has 
had one author ( God ) and several penmen. ( 2nd Peter 1: 20 - 21 ). It 
is this third source - The Bible - that will anchor the sermon for 
this ordination. From the earlier read Scripture, the following subject 
was derived, The Commission to Preach. The sermon will include three 
dimensions, or sub topics, namely: the epistemology of words: preach 
and preacher, the evolving sequence of preaching, and the Pauline 
exegesis on preaching. 
Prior to examining these three facets of the subject, brief 
attention will be devoted to the Scriptural anchor. It is found in the 
last chapter of Matthew which is the first book of the New Testament.
The narrative is on Jesus’ post resurrection to the eleven disciples 
at Galilee where he had earlier instructed them to assemble. While 
they were assembled there, Jesus came and spake unto them. He 
assured them of his power and, then, gave them the commission 
to teach and baptize believers in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost. He, also, assured them that he would 
always be with them. With this background, the emphasis will now 
be focused on the first component of the subject which is - The 
epistemology of the words preach and preacher. This so called 
big word - epistemology - merely denotes the origin, nature, and 
some features of the designated word. The first word is that of 
preach. There are many definitions with shades of differences for 
the word preach. A few of the definitions include: to proclaim or 
set forth in a sermon, to deliver a Bible based message from a 
pulpit, to deliver a persuasive message on a Biblical topic, 
to provide biblical instruction, encouragement, and warning from 
a pulpit, and to deliver a sermon with a worship service. 
The next word, preacher, refers to “a person who delivers 
sermons or gives homilies, on religious topics”, an individual 
whose responsibilities includes leadership through sermons 
and lifestyle, one who gives religious instructions and moral precepts 
both in the pulpit and daily life, and one who writes on religious 
topics in addition to delivering addresses and sermons, a person 
who conducts revivals, and “ a person who delivers talks or 
sermons on ethical, religious, and family values either from 
from the pulpit of the lower flood of a sanctuary, and a person 
who feels and displays behaviors of having been called to preach. 
Having examined some definitions of preaching and the 
preacher, the next focus is the evolving sequence of preaching. 
Referring again to the Book of Matthews, therein is found the 
account of John the Baptist, a relative of Jesus. Matthew noted 
that in those days came John the Baptist preaching in the 
wilderness of Judea. And saying Repent ye, for the kingdom of 
heaven is at hand. ( Mt. 1:1-2 ). John was fully aware of his 
water baptism in comparison with the one that would be 
implemented by Jesus who was baptized by John. Soon thereafter 
Jesus commenced his earthly ministry that including his 
announcement of the call to preach. Reading from the stroll of 
Isaiah, Jesus uttered “ The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because 
he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor...” ( Lk. 4:15 ). 
Jesus faithfully fulfilled his earthly ministry and, after his resurrection, 
he empowered this disciples, now known as apostles because they 
had seen the risen savior. He, therefore, gave them a charge known 
in theological circles as The Great Commission. That mandate was 
the second phase in the sequence of preaching. To properly anchor 
this event the word, commission, is herein defined. Of the many 
definitions, only two are herein given. First, commission denotes 
the act giving an order or authorization to perform specific 
functions. Secondly, the word refers to insuring instruction and 
expectations of those who are so tasked. The Great Commission, 
in this regard, embodies the essence of both definitions; it includes 
instruction, authorization, and a task assignment. These expectations 
were given by Jesus, the Risen Savior, and were, therefore, great; 
hence, the theological designation is that of The Great Commission. 
Although Jesus tasked the eleven apostles with the Great 
Commission, He would later instruct them to await anointing from 
the Holy Ghost after which they shall be witnesses him in 
Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the 
uttermost part of the earth. ( Acts 1:8 ). That anointing came 
on the Day of Pentecost and Peter preached the first sermon on 
that day and it initiated the spread of Christianity. The apostles 
would soon become active in proclaiming the gospel. Foremost 
among them was Saint Paul, the apostle, born out of due time. 
He was highly educated but did not allow that accomplishment 
to minimize his commitment to preaching the gospel. This fact 
leads to the third dimension of the sermon which is - Paul’s 
exegesis on preaching and the gospel. Without attempting to 
trace a systematic all his writings on the gospel, attention 
will be confined to just a few: what is the gospel? - the answer 
is found in the 1st Cor. 15: 3-4 “For I deliver unto you first of all 
that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins 
according to the scriptures. And that he was buried, and that he 
rose again the third day according to the scriptures”, next, Paul 
stated his respect for and confidence in the gospel as reflected 
in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; 
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that 
believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”, thirdly, he noted 
the existence of different views of the gospel as recorded in 
1st Cor. 1:22 “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after 
wisdom. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling 
block, and unto the Greeks foolishness. But unto them which aree 
called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the 
wisdom of God”, fourthly, and finally, Paul’s two messages to 
Timothy regarding the commission to preach: the first one is found 
in 2nd Tim. 3:1-6 where it is recorded “This know also, that in the last 
days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own 
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to 
parents, unthankful, unholy, high minded...”. ( Did he foresee the 
advent of same sex union with legal sanctions? ) fourthly, in his 
exegesis on preaching, Paul charged Timothy and today I charge 
Reverend Doctor Bobby Boone with the following words as 
found in 2nd Tim. 4:1-5 “ I charge thee therefore before God and the 
Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his 
appearing and his kingdom. Preach the word, be instant in season, out 
of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but 
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having 
itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and 
shall be turned into fables....”. 
In closing, this installation message was entitled The 
Commission to Preach. It was prepared as part of the 
Installation of Reverend Doctor Bobby Boone as pastor of 
New Providence Baptist Church. The sermon traced the 
commission to preach back to the Great Commission that Jesus, the 
risen Savior, gave to the eleven apostles. Over the Centuries since 
the utterance, innumerable have been those who yielded to the 
change and today is another itch in the unbroken chain of faithful 
servants, one of whom is Pastor Boone. The pastor of Institutional 
First Baptist Church and its members gladly endorse him, we pray 
for him and this Providence fellowship. Further, we challenge you 
to take good care of him and we will all be a great band of 
Christian believers. Lastly, Pastor Boone I challenge you to 
heed and embrace the hymnal words, “ Go preach my gospel 
saith the Lord; Bid the whole earth My grace receive; He shall 
be saved that trusts My word, and he condemned who’ll not 
believe. I’ll make your great commission known; and ye shall 
prove my gospel true. By all the works that I have done, By all the 
wonders ye shall do”. God Bless and Good afternooon!
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