How to Preach Real, Relevant, Relational and Revolutionary Sermons
A Preacher Should Preach
Why are preachers so convinced that it would benefit anyone one for them to share how they feel? What do I care how you feel. If we are talking and we are friends or know each other or find ourselves in any sort of a situation where it comes up or is appropriate, please, then share your feelings. I might share mine with you as well. But in a sermon?
In a sermon a preacher should preach. Is that a crazy idea?
A sermon is a very particular form of communications. It is one part of a service of worship. It is an interaction with Holy Scripture.
It is not sharing, it is not teaching—teaching! Teaching sermons are the worst sort of non-sermons there are. What will you teach me? The Truth? God’s Truth for my life? I would rather have you share you feelings.
A sermon is not a motivational speech. It is not a life application message. Don’t tell me how to get along with my coworkers or bring passion back into my marriage. Preach a damn sermon. Tell me what the text says and then let me see how you wrestle the Good News out of it.
That can be only concern for a preacher when looking at a text. What is the Good News here? It is often easier to find a way to have it remind you of a life lesson that came out of a conversation with your young son, or to see how it could help you eliminate stress if you only prayed more or remembered to be thankful. Finding the Good News in a nineteen hundred-year-old book written in another language and cultural context is hard.