What are some of the benefits of sermons? So, that may sound like a weird question.
Some of my readers have determined that sermons are not as beneficial to the church as discussion and/or participatory teaching. So, those readers might immediately respond, “There are NO benefits to sermons.” Well, I don’t think that’s true (even if I believe that discussion is better).
Other readers are convinced that sermons are the primary method through which God communicates which his people. For those readers, this question seems self explanatory: “Sermons are beneficial because they are sermons! Duh.”
Still other readers are on the fence about sermons and/or discussion.
So, why am I asking this question?
A few weeks ago, I was have a conversation with a friend about sermons and discussions. And, I realized that I had never written specifically about the benefits of each method of teaching.
Here’s a quick definition: A teaching given by one person about a topic or passage from Scripture.
Now, I know that everyone has experiences with good sermons and bad sermons. I’m not interested in that in this post.
In this post, I’m asking for you feedback on this question: What are some of the benefits of sermons?
You may want to throw out your reasons for disliking sermons. Please don’t. That’s not the purpose of this post.
You may want to tell me all the benefits of discussion. Please don’t. That’s not the purpose of this post.
There may be benefits that are common to any kind of teaching or speaking. That’s fine. If it’s a benefit of sermons, then please share it.
So, what are some of the benefits of sermons?