The Protestant Reformation brought a restoration of the biblical practice of making the preaching of the Word of God the central event in the life and worship of the church. At Providence OPC, this life-changing tradition continues! Sermons preached at Providence are available here:http://www.sermonaudio.com/source_detail.asp?sourceid=opcforme
The Importance of the Word of God
From the Larger Catechism:1
Q. 159. How is the Word of God to be preached by those who are called?
A. Those who are called to labor in the ministry of the word are to preach sound doctrine, diligently, in season and out of season, plainly, not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit's power, faithfully, making known the whole will of God, wisely, applying themselves to the needs and capacities of the hearers; zealously, with fervent love to God and the souls of his people; sincerely, aiming at God's glory, and the conversion, building up and final salvation of God's people.
From the Shorter Catechism:2
Q. 89. How is the Word of God made effective to salvation?
A. The Spirit of God makes the reading but especially the preaching of the Word, an effective means of convincing and converting sinners, and building them up in holiness and comfort, through faith, to salvation.
Q. 90. How is the Word to be read and heard, that it may become effective to salvation?
A. We must attend to the Word with diligence, preparation and prayer, receive it with faith and love, lay it up in our hearts, and practice it in our lives, so that it may become effective to salvation.
1From the Westminster Larger Catechism in Modern English, edited by Rowland S. Ward
2From the Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English, edited by Rowland S. Ward