Sermons on God's Calling
Many pastors refuse to preach about judgment though the Bible is filled with passages on the subject. This, however, is contrary to the pattern of Scripture. Samuel’s call to prophesy included a call to preach on judgment, and he is not unique in the Scriptures. All of God’s prophets prophesied about the coming judgment. Such has been one of the marks of faithful preaching throughout the history of the church.
In 1 Samuel 3:1-21 Samuel’s call to the office of prophet is recounted. The most significant thing about this call is that it comes from God. Ultimately this is what is needed in the church: for God to call men to preach the gospel and to bless that preaching. There is a connection between prophecy and preaching. God has always used his Word to grow the church.