“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?…So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:14, 17).
It is by the “foolishness” of preaching Christ and Him crucified that God saves (1 Corinthians 1:18, 2:2). God’s power unto salvation in Christ is not found in excellence of speech or persuasive words of exalted oratory. The faith essential to moving you to call upon the name of the Lord comes by hearing the gospel being preached.
Puppets and plays are not preaching. A dialogue between two or more people is not preaching. A book review or a commentary on current events is not preaching the gospel. Smooth words and flattering speeches which deceive the hearts of the simple is not preaching which saves.
Preaching the gospel is essential to salvation. As found in Acts 2—which resulted in about 3,000 people gladly receiving the good news of victory in Jesus and calling on the name of the Lord (v. 41)—gospel preaching has several distinct characteristics:
It is Scripture filled (vv. 17-21, 25-28, 34-35).
It is Christ centered (vv. 22-24, 29-33, 36).
It is Calvary focused (vv. 23, 36).
It is logically constructed (v. 36).
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things.”