Date: Sunday – March 29th, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM
What is the purpose of the pulpit? What is it intended to communicate?
Historically, the weightiness of the wood structure was intended to represent the priority of the proclamation of God’s Word. It was placed in a lofty position, central in the place of corporate worship – because its purpose was lofty. Indeed, from it the Word of God was to be preached each Lord’s Day. It was substantial, so as to hide as much of the man behind it as possible so that it would not be him that was remembered, but the Lord. This was a serious task, and to step behind the pulpit was cause for the preacher to tremble. It required sincere humility – the pulpit being the sacred desk from which the Word of God would be explained and applied in the lives of the church. For that reason many throughout church history contended that the preaching of the Word of God was the greatest act of worship, since it was the means by which God has ordained His truth to transform the lives of His people into the conformity of His Son. That is why Paul said, “I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God” (Col. 1:25).
It is no surprise then that the priority of preaching has been removed from many of today’s churches; the high and lofty place of the Word has all but vanished. The seriousness and authority have been replaced with a casualness that smacks of unimportance. Make no mistake, the removal of the pulpit represents the deliberate assault on the priority of God’s Word in the contemporary church. Many today see the pulpit with disdain, and should we wonder why? Paul warned that a time will come when preaching would no longer be tolerated, but people would instead seek to be entertained (2 Tim. 4:1-4).
Nevertheless, we look forward to March 29th, 2015 as a special day that we, at High Point Baptist Church, will formally reinstate the primacy of preaching with the inauguration of our new pulpit. In so doing, we communicate a message that everything we do is central and subject to the Word of God.
All are invited to attend, and we pray you’ll join us for this historic event in the life of our church.