Not (just) a method

I am very thankful to Andrea Aresca for his guest post that I share here today.  I’ve had the joy of sharing many conversations about preaching with Andrea over the years and I am so encouraged by what he has to offer.  If you read Italian, please visit predicalaparola.com, but if not, he has translated today’s post for us here.  I agree absolutely with Andrea that preaching is not (just) a method . . . 

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Reading some of the articles on my blog or Peter’s blog (especially those that describe the stages of sermon preparation), it may seem that the method is the most important issue in preaching.

I am absolutely convinced of the usefulness of knowing the fundamental principles of the text’s interpretation and communication and a lot of them can actually be applied to non-Bible texts, as well. Many of those “rules” help us not to say what the text doesn’t say and to communicate the biblical truth in an understandable way. Furthermore, having a method is very useful in the first years of our experience as preachers, because it helps us to consolidate those habits that allow us to be really “faithful” to the Scriptures.

Nevertheless, the method is not the primary issue in preaching, nor its description the main goal of this blog.

What I want to promote is, indeed, a vision.

  • A vision of God who loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.
  • A vision of the Bible as the revelation of God, through which we can know His heart and what He desires for us.
  • A vision of preaching that really puts at the centre God and His Word, that communicates the Word’s meaning without preconceptions, that promotes the Word’s application in contemporary life, that considers the personality and the needs of people who listen.

All that I write (including the posts that can be defined as more “technical”) has the goal of showing this biblical vision of preaching.

The preaching of the Bible has been used this way by many men about whom we read in the Scriptures and in church history, through which God brought about extraordinary renewal. Certainly we too can tell how God spoke to use in a special way through the message of those who preached, both with heart and led by the Spirit, the truth of the Bible.

My prayer and the goal of this blog is that all this can be realized more and more, every time the Bible is opened and preached.

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One thought on “Not (just) a method

  1. Good post. What about adding another level even beyond vision? Conviction (or hearing the voice of God). So you’d have …

    3. Method: skills to exegete and communicate the biblical message.
    2. Vision: confidence in the power of the Gospel and and the God who speaks through the written word.
    1. Conviction: awareness of what God is saying to through a particular text to a particular people.

    Preachers need to spend time with God in the word and prayer as they prepare their sermons. If the preacher stands not only with a sermon in his mind, but a conviction in his heart, he will be the mouthpiece of God.

    Keep up the good work!

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