Good Preaching is all about God.

Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring a message called “Praying for Spiritual Gifts–Preaching:  Multiplying God’s Glory”.  This has been a “mini-series within a series” on Praying for Spiritual Gifts.

This week, we conclude the mini-series by summarizing 7 features of Good Preaching:

Good Preaching is:

1) given as a gift from God

2) to glorify God

3) by proclaiming the Kingdom of God

4) in response to God’s directions

5) through a sacrificial pouring out of the preacher by God

6) to build people up not by tickling their ears but by calling people to to God’s plan to take up their Cross and follow Jesus

7) in an environment of mutual submission to God.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts–Preaching:  Multiplying God’s Glory”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peak” at the key Scripture for the message at:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy%204:1-8&version=NLT

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2 Responses to Good Preaching is all about God.

  1. Michael says:

    Though I agree that God is the source of the word, that the sermon’s source is in God should not, nor does it remove the responsibility from the preacher / congregation to do the work so that they can digest God’s word. The fact that we have been given a word from God implies a tremendous responsibility on our part (i.e. God’s word gives us the same choice as the humans in the garden: to eat from the tree of life or to eat from the other tree).

    The truth that God is the source for the word has often been used as a rational for overly simplistic and even complacent readings of scripture. “God said it, and I believe it, and that settles it for me” is not a confession of faith but one of ignorance and sloth. God does not give us his word to silence those who disagree with us; God’s word doesn’t force obedience, nor does it automatically lead us into true obedience, even when we follow it to the letter! Instead the word, when written on our hearts, empowers us to enact/obey God’s will even when God’s will has not been explicitly stated.

    I am grateful when congregations that read scripture together and call one another to do some work as they reflect on God’s word. Though I am not able to participate directly in this service, I am grateful for the reminder and the opportunity to see my own work in conjunction with the whole of God’s church in this world.

    Peace,
    Michael

  2. raytownvineyard says:

    Michael, thank you for your incredibly warm and insightful comments! It means a lot to me that you would take time to bring these thoughts, as I truly do look up to you as one who is advanced in understanding God and his character.

    May the entire Church in the World do the work of active listening and even wrestling with the truth of the Bible today–including those who preach, sing, pray, teach, or take any other role in presenting the glory of God. And even more so for those whose primary role today is to receive.

    By the way, I think your example of the bad choice made in the garden to eat “from the other tree” is one that is so appropriate for this discussion for two reasons. Not only was the temptation to sin one that sought to elevate human preferences above God’s order for life as designed by God. But even more specifically, it was a temptation to seek self-improvment as an end, without regard for the centrality of God in all that is worthwhile in life.

    When Pastors stand up and offer 7 Steps to a Better You, I know that I for one will have to pass. I am focused enough on me. In fact, that tends to be the problem. What I want is 7 Steps to Hearing God More Clearly. Or, 7 Steps to Loving God More Dearly.

    Again, thanks for weighing in. I look forward to catching up with you again as time and opportunity allow!

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