There were (at least) two good posts last weekend about preaching and sermons:
Arthur at “The Voice of One Crying Out in Suburbia” states “Preaching the Word is not just for pastors.” His point (as the title indicates) is that all believers should take responsibility for preaching the word. This is his conclusion:
Being prepared to preach the Word, in season and out of season, is the responsibility and privilege of all Christians. It is antithetical to the witness of Scripture to restrict something so basic as proclaiming the Good News of Christ to a tiny minority in the church. As a believer in Jesus Christ, bought by His blood and regenerated by the Holy Spirit, I have the same responsibility to declare Christ to the world as Timothy or Paul. If you are His disciples, you have that same responsibility as well. Donâ€™t let anyone tell you that your responsibility is restricted to sitting in your pew and listening to someone else.
You may notice that Arthur does not define the phrase “preach the word” that way it is often defined in churches. You see, Arthur has decided to use the NT definition and usage. So, Arthur is not talking about preaching in the same way that most churches use the term “preaching.” Instead, Arthur is saying that all believers should proclaim the gospel.
Why is this? Why is it difficult to remember sermons? The reason is that God did not make our brains primarily for one-way communication. I’m not suggesting that we can’t learn this way, but rather that the much better way to learn is through dialog/conversation. I think we would all agree that we retain much more information through engaging, back-and-forth conversation.
I agree with Eric on this too.
In fact, I’ll make a statement that many Christians will probably disagree with. I think the modern practice of sermonizing when the church meets (especially when the same person teaches in a monologue fashion week in and week out without discussion or dialog) is a hindrance to the growth and maturity of the church.