I recently read a post on a blog about small churches in which the writer said she loved everything about small church except she would hate to give up good Bible preaching.  There seems to be a misconception out there that a little congregation must have inferior preaching.

  Let me assure you that such is not the case.  I have been in hundreds of small churches and heard some of the finest preaching to be found.  It is true that many mega church pastors have people on staff to do extra research, find illustrations, etc. But in the end, it is the relationship between the pastor and God that determines the quality of the sermon.

  Preaching is so very important.  I know that it is popular today to replace the traditional sermon with drama, musical programs, and other good depictions of the gospel.  But it is the foolishness of preaching that has been greatly used for centuries to reach hearts for Jesus.

  Perhaps we preachers need to update some things a bit.  We already know we can't preach as long as in former times.  It was said that J. R. Graves, pastor of First Baptist Church, Memphis in a former century, could preach for two hours and hold people's attention.  No modern pastor would presume to be able to keep a congregation that long.

  But I don't believe tweeking things to reach a new generation means throwing out the basics of preaching.  We still need to present the word of God in a sermon as the central part of our worship experience.

  Jesus preached.  The disciples preached.  The church for the past two centuries has preached.  Our modern churches need to continue to preach the word of God. The lost need to be told the gospel and the saved need to be fed.  Nothing can do this quite as well as preaching