In previous posts, I’ve talked about sermons and homilies and the difference between the two. This morning, a group of pastors and I were talking about sermons and preaching. If you’ve been around our church, you know that I teach in bit of an unorthodox way. It is because I believe that we pastors see ourselves as professors teaching classes instead of being shepherds leading our people through the journey and equipping them along the way.
|Academic – logic and process produce knowledge||Organic – relationships give birth to understanding|
|The preacher chooses texts that go along with his topic.||The preacher walks alongside the texts.|
|People are challenged to make application.||People are challenged to internalize the truth of the text.|
|Focused on change – negative assessment of the congregation’s initial position toward topic.||Focused on journeying with the truth – a neutral assessment of the congregation’s condition.|
|Tends toward “Why aren’t you?” and “You should…”||Tends toward, “Let’s talk” and “look at this!”|
|Revolves around our human response||Revolves around the Scriptures|
Here are a few useful books that will point out some things you may or may not have heard before.