A Thought for Preaching
Someday, I hope to be a preacher for real, but until then, all I can really do is just practice when I have the opportunity and learn from others. I’m doing whatever I can to learn what it takes to be a pastor, especially since I’ll be in my late 30’s or early 40’s when I join the pastorate.
Because of that, I will periodically suggest some ideas for your feedback. Now is the time to be brutally honest so that I don’t make crazy mistakes when the time comes. The next six years present an opportunity for me to learn now so I don’t have to learn later. And yes, I know…I’ll still make mistakes and nothing replaces real experience. Having said that, I was thinking about something…
I have preached both topical and expository messages in various opportunities that I’ve been given. I have read that expository preaching is great for edification, but not really good for evangelism when the unbeliever may not believe in the validity of the Scripture. In those cases, it is better to preach topically as a way of introducing the Bible to the unbeliever. I think I agree with that, based on my experience on the ship.
However, I think that edification is vital and someday, these unbelievers (assuming that at least some of them have become believers) will need to grow and accept the truth of all Scripture. Therefore, I would like to incorporate expository preaching often. So here is my thought:
Why not have one Sunday per month (or per quarter, depending) where I preach a message that introduces unbelievers to the Gospel. All sermons will be in some way applicable to the life of an unbeliever or young believer, but once a month, my congregation knows they can bring anyone…ANYONE…into service and that person will hear the Gospel. Naturally, the date would be announced well before hand, or even become a scheduled event so that the congregation knows when to bring their unsaved friends.
So what do you think? Good idea? Or stick to some other method of planning sermons? I need the thoughts of both preachers and folks in the pew on this so that I can start refining my thoughts on this issue. Thanks!