An Editor Should Have Caught That

[Concerning 1 Tim. 6:3-5] “In Paul’s day, there were liberal teachers and preachers, just as we have them in our time, and Paul was most concerned that young Timothy not be caught up in the ‘battle of words’ which characterized their brand of indoctrination. William Barclay informs us . . .”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, p. 39

Man of God

“In Old Testament times, this appellation was assigned to a person who had been entrusted with a divine office. Moses was called ‘the man of God’ (Dt. 33:1); David was called ‘the man of God’ (2 Chron. 8:14); Elijah was called ‘man of God’ (2 Kings 1:9); the prophets were called ‘men of God’ (1 Sam. 2:27) . . . in the above text [1 Tim. 6:11], however, the apostle has in mind young Timothy, who had been called to be the preacher and pastor of the church(es) in the city of Ephesus and its environs.”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, pp. 38-39

Backbone Not Optional

“‘For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For it I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ’ (v. 10). In the light of these solemn words that Paul boldly asserts, the matter of fearless preaching becomes a ‘must’ to the authentic preacher”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, p. 15

Who Sent You Here?

“Preaching has fallen on evil days because the sermon is regarded as just another form of human speech, rather than a special genre. The preacher is just another Christian without any special authority; the pulpit (whether within the church or on those frontiers where the church addresses the world) is just another platform or lectern—sometimes (even worse) it is a private stage. And when preachers believe this way, they lack the courage to speak with authority and to bless.”

James Daane, in Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, p. 3