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The plethora of words we encounter every day, online or in print, has caused words to become meaningless. Why would anyone keep preaching in a 21st century American context that seems to value preaching less today than ever? While I believe preaching must change in substantial ways, here are a few reasons why I keep on preaching and encourage you to do the same:.
According to the biblical story, words matter.
God did his best work through words. God formed the world and everything in it through words. For centuries, the Old Testament prophets communicated messages from God to his people essentially through words. Jesus recruited the apostles to preach Mark ; Luke The first century church, according to the book of Acts, focused significant attention on the ministry of proclaiming good news.
That is why we preach! Preaching is crazy.
Arranging choice words in the right order because of a call from God, knowing full well that those words are dead bones unless God speaks through them, is utterly ridiculous. While we study and work diligently in our homiletic craft, we recognize that the power of preaching is more dependent on God showing up than the preacher. Ironically, the ridiculous nature of preaching may be the very rationale in support of its ongoing practice in the life of the Church.
This is a HUGE conviction of mine. Dean Eaton. Check it out for yourself and learn more here. Blog Mark Pfeifer November 30, Again, practically speaking, maybe just do a night of worship somewhere in a different city where you have a small pocket of people driving to attend your church. Blessing Ude. Email address:.
The practice of preaching reminds us over and over again that God can accomplish the impossible through impossible methods and means, that he just might decide to show up through the so-so words of a so-so preacher and transform so-so people into disciples who change the world! Just like he comes to us through the common bread and wine of Communion, so God comes to us through common words strung together by some common being we call preacher.
Preaching inspires middle aged women and men to leave lucrative careers in order to go to the most frightening places in the world to build schools, hospitals, and orphanages. Preaching does that! Preaching brings hope to a lonely and lifeless teenager so that she resists the temptation to commit suicide. Preaching causes a high school drop-out alcoholic to believe that God just might use him as a pastor.
The practice of preparing and presenting sermons on a regular basis has done wonders for my soul.
God often uses the practice of preaching to breathe the winds of hope back into the deflated sails of my life. The act of preaching has, over and over again, given me the audacity to believe what I am tempted to stop believing about God, myself, and the world. The call to preach stimulates my movement toward love and away from self-centered narcissism.