sermons

139 preached

Maybe they ask themselves, "What is a sermon?"
The simplest answer: a speech. One talks and many listen. In this speech, the ancient texts of the Bible are to be made understandable. This includes answering the question: What does such an old text have to do with me and my life? Anyone seriously asking this question will be surprised at how up-to-date the Bible is. This speech also wants to give impulses, how our life (with God) can succeed better.

How is that meant? Here is a comparison: If you buy a technical device today, this is an instruction manual. It explains how to operate the flat screen or the navigation device. Without such a manual one sometimes looks quite old. Life is even more complicated than any technical device. Why not give yourself the occasional help and suggestions, so that it works better?

Wikipedia gives the following definition of the sermon:
Preaching (lat. Praedicatio) is a speech in the context of a religious celebration, mostly with religious content. The sermon has a special place in the New Testament and Christian worship. In Christian theology, the doctrine of preaching is called homiletics. In English and French, sermon is called "Sermon" (from lat. Sermo: Wechselrede, Gespräch, Vortrag).

Bryan Chapell writes in his book "Christ-centered preaching":
Every text of Scripture should be related to the grace of God through Christ. Some texts prepare for Jesus by representing the salvation need of man. Other texts prophesy the coming of Christ. Still others reflect facets of salvation in Christ. And yet other texts are the consequences of salvation in Christ, namely the manifold blessings through the grace of Jesus. Here are some texts like seed, which has not yet risen. The connection to Christ is recognizable when viewed from the New Testament perspective.