Choosing the Text

How to Preach Real, Relevant, Relational and Revolutionary Sermons

Choosing the Text

OK.  This is harder than you think.  First what is the text.  Where did it come from?  Did you pick it yourself or was it prescribed by the Lectionary?
It is a dangerous thing to pick a text yourself.  What are your criteria for selecting a text?  You have something you want to say?  You have a lesson you want to teach?  You have a point you want to make?  You want to address a particular situation?  These are all wrong reasons to pick a text.  You don’t get to chose what you are going to say the text gets to choose what you are going to say.
Have faith in the text.  Have faith in the Bible.  There is Good News there.  You have to believe it with everything that you have.  Or believe as much as you can with as much as you have.
Use the Lectionary.  Follow a program of prescribed readings.  That way you are free.  You are free to be confronted by the text.  This saves you from the first temptation to manipulate.  Choosing a text on your own always comes with the temptation to choose your subject.  Again you don’t get to choose what you are going to say, the text gets to choose.
That way when some one asks you, “What are you preaching on this Sunday?”  The answer is not, “Redemption,” or “The Christian Meaning of Love” or “Forgiving Your Enemy,” or “The State of Our Heath Care System,” it is Luke 17:1-10 or John 5:23-37.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in preaching and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Choosing the Text

  1. tony says:

    Great reminder for me. Thanks a lot. Praise God. I shall preach on the Bible passage rather on the subject that came from my own.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s