When we stand on Sunday morning to give a sermon we are communicating to a mixture of post-modern, post-protestant, post-Catholic, post-Secular, post-everything culture. We are essentially post-everything. And it is in the cities and the suburbs.
In our North American culture, a “Christian narrative” no longer exists. The Story is lost to our current generation. What is left of any semblance of Christianity is negative. Consider the following presuppositions of the post-everything world:
When you approach sermon planning for your context, it’s important to (1) begin with your own heart, (2) know your preaching style, (3) focus on Gospel-centered preaching.
1. Beginning with your own heart means you need the brokenness of a wrong spirit. You are worse off than you ever dared to let anyone know — even yourself.
But you also must be seeking the renewal of a right spirit, finding the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and enjoying the freedom of a liberated spirit.
2. Choosing a preaching style is important. All leaders have a style. Typically that pastor/leader also communicates or preaches in that style. We are usually strong in one and have a secondary style. The strong style is the one we default to when we preach. Do you know “who” you are in your communication style? Are you aware of what style you have? Are you more of a prophet, king, or priest?
3. Gospel-centered preaching believes that Jesus Christ can change any person or institution through the power of his gospel. Gospel preachers let the gospel do its work. “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:6).
As people hear you preach, they ask: “Does this have anything to do with me? Is it pertinent to my situation, my family, and my work? Will there be something for me to take away from this?
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Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!