Your kinda PREACHING?
Everybody is different in their choice of preachers that please.
Everybody is different when it comes to likes and dislikes on the subject of preaching.
Some like to be entertained. Some like to get answers, because they have many questions regarding their spiritual life.
Others look for a particular type of delivery of the message. For some it must be loud and demonstrative. Others can’t be bothered with all ‘that shouting’. Some look to be greatly moved emotionally. Again others – greatly informed intellectually.
For some unless the preacher’s saliva is hitting the front row of the gathering – he isn’t really preaching properly.
And again some would walk out – as the noise level is deafening.
What about you?
And what does it matter about the delivery anyway – if what is being delivered is neither relevant to our spiritual life, nor biblical?
Some love many illustrations interwoven into the preacher’s message. A good story, they say, goes a long way.
Testimony of people’s real life experiences in which they have proven God to be ‘a very present help in time of trouble’, are hard to improve on. So some prefer this kind of ‘speaking’.
The Lord Jesus Christ – was not only The Master – but the master of the use of illustrations. We call them parables. Without which He rarely preached, unless perhaps conversing on a one to one basis.
He did speak to His disciples in a more direct fashion, without parables. It might be interesting to reflect upon the fact that perhaps Illustrations/parables should be less present when the saints (His disciples) are being
Matthew 13:9-11 (NKJV)
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven…
Anyway, it is true to say that He passed on to others His teaching, illustrating His truth with examples from everyday life. We are told in the Bible that the ‘common people’ heard Him gladly. Mark 12:37
He spoke their language, when it came to the use of illustrations. In other words the parables He used were based on everyday life.
So it’s safe to say that illustrations were acceptable with Him, when it came to preaching or teaching, without being dogmatic about their use or absence in sermon making.
But it is also true to say that the words of Jesus were more than simply good illustrations,
given to interest, amuse or in some way show Him to be a good ‘public speaker’.
The words He spoke (and no man ever spoke like this man) – were ‘Spirit and Life’.
The same words He spoke when He called everything into being, spoken from eternity, when He was still in heaven. Spoken in co-operative unity with the Godhead, and before He took upon Himself the form of a man. All things were made by Him, and without Him there was nothing made that was made.
He is the creator of the universe. Bearing in mind that He created all things before He took
upon Himself the body of a man, we also therefore need to realise that when He speaks, His goal is not to impress, – it is to reveal, enlighten, change, comfort, exhort, correct, heal, instruct, deliver… and so we could go on.
He doesn’t need a pat on the back for giving a good illustration, or preaching a good sermon, nor does He need the response: ‘Good speaker that chap’.
He wants us instead to believe what He says, but also to ‘eat’ His words, let them sink deep down through our ears into our spirits, where the dynamic power that indwells His every word will work in us to once again create something new!
So next time you critique the preacher’s sermon, and reflect on the good illustrations, the humorous anecdotes, or that he was full of ‘blood and thunder’, ask yourself the question: ‘What did The Lord Jesus just say to me through this preacher’s words’?