In this essay, the author offers some lexical observations on the use of words like "preacher," "preaching," and "proclamation" in the New Testament. This article makes a distinction between a pastor of a local church and a preacher with a missionary calling. The use of these terms in the apostolic fathers is also noted.
The prominence given to preaching in our congregations is a testimony to our conviction that the proclamation of the Word of God is primary in the church. This article is about listening to the preaching, the preacher as the herald of God (2 Corinthians 5:20), and sermon listening and spiritual warfare.