Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day, and in preparation, I was listening to Steven Lawson speak about what constitutes a sermon. The summary is “Letting Text Talk” (J.I. Packer). We are middlemen between God and people. There are two preachers every Sunday, the visible human preacher, someone like myself, and there is a far greater Preacher, God Himself speaking through His Word. The role of the human preacher is to be a conduit for the voice of God as the Word of God is expounded. The Word of God is the Alpha and Omega of the sermon. Allow me to summarize below:
Read the Text (1 Timothy 4:13)
Explain the Text (word studies, historical data, interpretation)
Support the Text (show other Scriptures in agreement with this text and show greater light to this text)
Illustrate the Text (life, world, or metaphors, analogies to visualize what’s being taught)
Apply the Text (connect the text in a practical way to the listener, comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable)
Exhort with the Text (Invite, summons, seek to people to the church to live the truth with their life, motivate them with exhortation)
Defend the Truth (refute all that is contrary to this particular passage, so we give not only positive assertion but also a negative denial of what is not in line with this passage of Scripture)
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