The Challenge of An Audience. Dear Speaker: I hear a lot of people like you. I don’t mean to be impertinent, but give me one good reason why I should listen:
I hear a lot of people like you. I don’t mean to be impertinent, but give me one good reason why I should listen:
Are you about to say something that I would find useful? Are you willing to promise me that if I do listen, I will hear something of consequence?
Exactly what kind of promise would I like you to make? Promise me that after I have listened, I will upgrade my bogus values, jettison my impure motives, and commit myself to somethingglorious and dangerous and heady and wonderful.
Promise me that all the time I sit listening and you stand talking that I will see things I was unwilling to face before you preached. Help me see my sin, or God’s glory, or Jesus’ power.
Promise me that I, who am riddled with inferiority, will at last believe in myself.
I have always been afraid of heights. Challenge me with Everest. Promise me that after your words, I will be able to scale those icy walls and with God’s help plant his mighty flag on the summit of all my doubts.
Promise me that I at last will know who I am and what I was born to achieve.
Promise all this and you shall have first my ear. . .and then my soul.
The preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God – Martin Luther
God deigns to consecrate to himself the mouths and tongues of men in order that His voice may resound in them – John Calvin
I live by preaching – John Wesley
If I had come to you in my own name, you might rest your elbows upon your knees and your heads on your hands and go to sleep! But I have come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts – I must and I will be heard – George Whitfield
The great design & intention of a Christian preacher are to restore the throne and dominion of God in the souls of men and to attract the souls of men into a state of everlasting friendship with him – Cotton Mather
The church’s proclamation of him who is the Word of God is very real human speech and yet no less very divine speech, because it articulates one who is in the language of the Nicene Creed “very God and very man.”
Preaching with Confidence
Craig Loscalzo (Apologetic Preaching)
Guy Duffield (Pentecostal Preaching)
Theological assumptions & historical realities impact sermon construction/delivery and expected response.
The Reformation was a reaction to human effort at religiosity. The expected response to preaching became a conceptual response altering a belief system.
Luther, Zwingli, Calvin would not be the best preachers to model in giving altar calls.
Moody, Sunday and Graham perfect Finney’s “new school” efforts.
Mt. 11:28; Luke 13:1-3; Acts 2:40; II Cor. 5:20
Religious teaching or values minimally impact people’s moral choices
Only 22% of Americans believe moral absolutes exist
Compared to teens throughout the past 20 years, today’s teenagers have the lowest likelihood of attending church when living independent of their parents.
Specificity increases clarity – in one sentence – what is this sermon about? What do hearers need to know to act on this message?
What do I want them to do?
What do I want them to become?
Answer skeptics question
So what? Text must be linked to context
Oh really? Save yourself from trite preaching
Ed Rowell – preaching today.com
Consider your audience –
What about notes?
Modulate toward your personal style of communication
Kenton Anderson – www.preaching.org
Response times depend on clear content, clear language, clear directions
Lack of clarity at this point in the service creates confusion
Clear content assumes a simple pattern
Billy Graham’s four points are:
Greg Laurie (Leadership, Spring 1995)
Preaching for response is biblically rooted – can be hindered by lack of preparation – but never be thwarted because it relies on the Spirit’s empowerment.
Preaching for response is a Pentecostal preacher’s responsibility because Pentecostal preaching bears witness to the resurrecting power of God which breaks into every aspect of God’s created order. (James Forbes) The Holy Spirit and the Preacher