This guidance is not terribly difficult, but it is only rarely practiced. I guess today’s Pastor’s just don’t see it this way.
Key verses on Preaching:
AMP Acts10;42 And He charged us to preach to the people and to bear solemn testimony that He is the God-appointed and God-ordained Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him all the prophets testify (bear witness) that everyone who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him] receives forgiveness of sins through His name. 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who were listening to the message. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised [the Jews] who came with Peter were surprised and amazed, because the free gift of the Holy Spirit had been bestowed and poured out largely even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them talking in [unknown] tongues (languages) and extolling and magnifying God. Then Peter asked, 47 Can anyone forbid or refuse water for baptizing these people, seeing that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? 48 And he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). Then they begged him to stay on there for some days.
We need to declare that Jesus is the judge of the living and the dead & that everyone who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.
AMP Rom 1;15 So, for my part, I am willing and eagerly ready to preach the Gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, 17 For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith. 18 For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. 19 For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification], 21 Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves]. 23 And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], 25 Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it).
Those who serve the creature rather than the creator hinder the truth & make it inoperative, they fail to preach the Gospel, & fail to recognize it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance. Our job is to spread this truth and declare the Gospel has the power to deliver all who rely on and surrender to it.
AMP 1 Cor 14;29 So let two or three prophets speak [those inspired to preach or teach], while the rest pay attention and weigh and discern what is said. 30 But if an inspired revelation comes to another who is sitting by, then let the first one be silent. 31 For in this way you can give testimony [prophesying and thus interpreting the divine will and purpose] one by one, so that all may be instructed and all may be stimulated and encouraged;
Those who preach or teach (2 or 3 in number) must yield to any who receive an inspired revelation. Typical “talking head preaching” is unbiblical. The single sermon model is unbiblical. Anyone who doesn’t yield the floor is acting unbiblically.
‘Paul’s Message of Wisdom’ NLT 1 Cor 2;1 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. 6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God —his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
Lets look at verses 4-6 again in the Amplified Bible.
AMP 1 Cor 2;4-6 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [ a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], 5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.
This verse is warning us that preaching should not sound wise clever or persuasive (stuff soon forgotten), that it must be plain talk filled with the Power of the Holy Spirit, the Mystery’s and deep secrets that God has for those who love him. It should be filled with that kind of stuff.
This is very different from hearing the ‘wisdom of Men’ in Greek Homilies even if God is the subject of these speeches. On the one hand we have plain talk filled with the power of the Holy Spirit looking eagerly towards the future that God has for us, leading us to rest in the power of God.
On the other hand are fancy wise sounding presentations, filled with persuasive arguments leading us to greater & greater ‘wisdom’ (about God). We know more about God, but this doesn’t help us to know God. It doesn’t help us to hear his knock and open the door. It doesn’t help us to turn from our selfish desires and yield to the Holy Spirit. This is not a question of our trying harder to do better. It is our faith and trust that works inside us and replaces our selfish desire with the will and desire of Jesus.
NLT Phi 2;12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
It seems the key for sermons is the Goal. Our goal should be to rest in the Power of God, not to tell people what they should or should not do.
Let’s summarize these guidelines. Preaching:
1. Declares that Jesus is the judge of the living and the dead & that everyone who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name
2. Spreads the truth and declares the Gospel has the power to deliver all who rely on and surrender to it.
3. Reveals the great things that God plans for those who love him by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets
4. Reveals not earthly wisdom but leads us to rest in the Power of God, not telling people what they should or should not do.
5. Those who preach or teach (2 or 3 in number) must yield to any who receive an inspired revelation. Typical “talking head preaching” is unbiblical. The single sermon model is un-biblical. Anyone who doesn’t yield the floor is acting un-biblically.
May Your Divine and Perfect Will Be Done!