Preach the Passage

Easter Sunday offers us all a temptation as preachers.  Whatever the passage being preached, we’re all tempted to actually preach something else.  For example, let’s say your passage is in Luke’s gospel.  Will you preach the pairs of witnesses that Luke scatters liberally throughout the passage from the death of Christ on?  Or will you just read that and preach 1Cor.15?

What if you are preaching Mark, as I am this weekend (short ending).  Will you preach Mark with his brief message of the resurrection, pointer back to Galilee where the ministry all began in 1:14-15, and the fear of the first followers?  Or will you read it and flee to 1Cor.15?

What if you are preaching John?  Will you preach the questions of Thomas and Jesus’ response to Thomas, and the uniquely Johannine commissioning of the disciples and the climactic statement of Thomas?  Or will you read it and essentially preach 1Cor.15?

Actually I have no problem with 1Cor.15.  It is familiar territory and that is why many of us easily end up there whatever text we think we are preaching.  If we are preaching 1Cor.15, then please let’s preach it in all its power.  But if we are preaching something else, let’s not miss what God inspired the writer to include.

Obviously there are other passages too, many in fact, from which to preach the risen Christ (obviously Matthew, but also Acts, numerous other epistles, earlier predictions of Christ, etc.)  Let’s be sure to let people benefit from whichever passage we are preaching this Sunday.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful!

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2 thoughts on “Preach the Passage

  1. Love the post. I’ll come by and read more often. My under grad was in preaching. The biggest tragedy in the pulpit is when we don’t actually preach the passage we are preaching from. If your message comes more from 1 Cor 15 then preach from 1 Cor 15. 🙂

  2. Excellent points. My pet peeve in preaching/teaching is that some teachers tend to ‘romanticise’ a concept; they will ascribe feelings and motivations to passages that are really only personal opinions. This is scholastic dishonesty to me.

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