Pastor – you preach too much. I do not mean that you preach too many weeks out of the year, or that you preach too long (although, those are probably true as well). You preach too much content – so do I, but I’m trying to do better
Consider the advantage of identifying a few mega thoughts and drawing them out of every text you preach. Imagine the long term impact of repeatedly showing your congregation the same truths over the course of years in new and creative ways each week.
As I near 20 years of preaching I’m beginning to see that the dynamics involved in steering a large group of people are very unique.
Practically every sermon I deliver will expand on one or more of these issues:
- God – I want to present a infinitely high view of each person of the Godhead (Father, Son and Spirit).
- Man – More and more I am seeing the need of explaining who mankind is, unpacking the implications of the fall, as well as the fact the are image bearers of God. Implications of gender are becoming more important. Clarity in regards to marriage, homosexuality, gender roles is needed more and more.
- Gospel –
- Micro Gospel – Show how the text helps us understand the work of Christ and how we should respond by faith.
- Macro Gospel – That is to show the overarching Meta-Narrative of scripture from creation, the fall, Christ, and culmination (second coming).
- Pre-Evangelism – This would include apologetic work that sets the stage for the Gospel. For example, we spent five weeks last year delving into why we believe the bible. This could also include arguments for the existence of God from a philosophical or scientific perspective.
- Mission – Stirring the emotions and educating the mind of the congregation to engage them in mission both personally and corporately.
- Embodiment – Show how the truth of God’s word and work is fleshed out through our life, career, family, hobbies, etc.
- Church – What are the unique implications of the text for the local community of faith?
As I think through the last couple of years of preaching, practically every sermon I’ve preached has sought to move the congregation in a certain direction on each of those issues.
Is there anything you would add to that list? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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