2 thoughts on “Preaching

  1. Design for a Sermon

    A sermon should be like tree.

    It should be a living organism:
    With one study thought like a single stem
    With natural limbs reaching up into the light.

    It should have deep roots:
    As much unseen as above the surface
    Roots spreading as widely as its branches spread
    Roots deep underground
    In the soil of life’s struggle
    In the subsoil of the eternal Word.

    It should show nothing but its own unfolding parts:
    Branches that thrust out by the force of its inner life

    Sentences like leaves native to this very spray
    True to the species
    Not taken from alien growths
    Illustrations like blossoms opening from
    inside these very twigs
    Not brightly coloured kites
    Pulled from the wind of somebody else’s thought
    Entangled in these branches.

    It should bear flowers and fruit at the
    same time like the orange:
    Having something for food
    For immediate nourishment
    Having something for delight
    For present beauty and fragrance
    For the joy of hope
    For the harvest of a distant day.

    To be all this it must grow in a warm climate:
    In loam enriched by death
    In love like the all-seeing and all-cherishing sun
    In trust like the sleep-sheltering night
    In pity like the rain.

    Chapter 12 Composing to Persuade – The Practice of Preaching by Paul Scott Wilson p223-4

  2. The purpose of a good sermon

    First: a good sermon will hold my interest, teach me something new or provide a different perspective or twist of insight into something I know, encourage or convict me to actually live out my faith.

    Second: that is really educational about Faith, scripture, and practical application to the real world.

    Third: when I either hear or learn something (about God and Jesus), and motivated to act out my faith, or when I’m encouraged. The purpose is to preach the Gospel and to edify the church.

    Fourth: Sermons engage me when it’s clear that the preacher has some understanding (need not be exhaustive) of what is being conveyed. There needs to be a flow of ideas and circular statements: please, take me somewhere!

    Fifth: There needs to be more spontaneity, honesty, conversing. In essence, a sermon needs to be memorable and inspiring beyond the time it takes to shake the preacher’s hand and say ‘nice job.’


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