By the late Bishop Youannis
This work is great, which was done by a small number of the preaching apostles and disciples, without any help from earthly authorities or human power; without gold or silver, nor bag for their journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals nor staffs (Matt 10:9,10) as lambs among wolves. How did they achieve this great mission about which the Lord said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15). How did they preach? What was their procedure for preaching? And how did they overcome all the obstacles, which were many, they faced?
We read about the ministry and preaching very short hints in the Book of Acts. But behind these hints, a lot of tiredness, struggles, sacrifices, brave acts, watching, fasts… a lot of elevated prayers, shedding tears and blood which flourished the small mustard seed which became a large tree for nesting all nations in its branches.
Methods of preaching:
We didn’t receive any written details in the New Testament about the preaching methods, except very few examples; referring to the living word of God (1Cor2:4; 1Thes2:13; 1 Tim1:11; 2Tim2:2; Tit1:3; Jam1:22). At the first period for establishing the church, preaching depended on the uttered living word more than the written word.
Procedure of preaching:
The book of Acts didn’t record for us the apostolic preaching sermons, except St. Peter’s sermon at Pentecost (Act 2:14-36), and St. Paul’s sermon in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia (Act17:22-31) but he was not allowed to finish it. In addition to that, there are some speeches and small hints which indicate essence of the preaching ministry; and the apostolic epistles.