I’m not going to start preaching sermons about current events. I might send out an email or comment on social media. We will likely pray together about it on Sunday. I’ll certainly show how the scripture connects to the world around us, like I always do. But I’m not going to rewrite my sermon on Saturday night to address the thing that just happened earlier that day.
What if we encouraged those in the pew, as we should in the classroom, to adopt a far more active stance? Imagine a church where the expectations for learning were far higher. People are not expected to simply take things in–but figure things out.
What is essential for a great preaching? Some say creativity, others story-telling, others cite the use of powerful metaphors, and still others point to the ability of a preacher to connect a passage to one or two practical applications. While such things are not inherently bad, it is my conviction that more important than any of these is one’s underlying approach to preaching. And, of the various approaches to preaching, I am convinced of the supremacy of expository preaching.
The main homiletical idea is the central point derived from exegeting the text. This main idea is what ties the sermon together. Whitefield’s employment of this principle is exemplified in a sermon he preaches on Genesis 3:15, where he announces to his hearers that he is going to tell them “good news” and show them how their first parents “came to stand in need of this promise, and what is the extent of the meaning.” In this and his other sermons, Whitefield was careful to make the main idea clear.
Review by Demetrius Rogers, Th.M. The Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church series offers Invitation to the Life of Jacob: Winning through Losing, Invitation to Philippians: Building a Great Church through Humility, and Invitation to James: Preserving through Trials to Win the Crown (all by Donald R. Sunukjian, Weaver Book Company, 2014). The three main…Continue reading Book review for Donald Sunukjian’s Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church