Thursday, April 10, 2008

These are some notes that I took from my professor today in my "Effective Sermon Delivery" class at seminary. This was in response to a student's question as to whether preachers should use the 2nd person "you" in outlines and application or the 1st person "we" (to include himself) in the sermon. Here is what Dr. Jack Hughes said:

A preacher is not someone who is there among his congregation as someone who is just to share some concepts about God. He is there to preach w/ boldness, authority, the authority inherent in the word of God and to command people.

Paul says: “Prescribe (i.e. “command”) these things” – military connotations

Don’t fear using the 2nd person.

Yet, you don’t want to preach as someone totally apart from the congregation.

Cf. JC Ryle’s sermon – tons of “you … you… you… you”

When you’re preaching it is authoritative, bold, one-way preaching to them from the authoritative text.

I am commanded by God to teach w/ all authority, to teach the whole counsel of God and let no one disregard me”

It has nothing to do w/ you looking down upon people. That is not the case. If you are preaching God’s Word, you are speaking DOWN – from God – to them.

If you’re preaching God’s word, then tell them what they need to hear.

In Hebrews it says, “Today if you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts…” – well how do they hear? By a preacher.


Anonymous said...

Geoff, it is so refreshing to hear these admonitions regarding the authoritative proclamation of God's inerrant Word, not because the preacher himself is the authority (although we clearly need to honor him as a faithful steward of God's Word) but because what God has spoken is completely true and authoritative.

The concept of "dialogical" preaching (which is a contradiction in terms) is unfounded. As I read the Scriptures, everytime man enters into a "dialog" with God it is God who rules.

Preach on! You've got the most important tool in your very hands and heart that can ever be needed...His Word in your hand and His Spirit in your heart.



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