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Friday, 18 September 2009 13:38

MYTH 1: If You Preach a Good Sermon the Church Will Grow
MYTH 2: Who You Preach to Is Who You Will Reach
MYTH 3: The Goal of Preaching Is to Make the Bible Relevant
The Kind of Preaching We Desperately Need

David Fitch is a pastor at Life on the Vine in Long Grove, IL, and teaches as the B.R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.


Interesting take by an Emergent Preacher, but I do not buy it


I have always believed that "Myth" #1 is true and I was just giving this advice to another Pastor recently. It is has been my experience and I have seen attendance build where I have vigorously preached the Word, especially expository sermons.  But it is also true in retrospect that my "audience" has always been church people, primarily peoiple who believe in the Bible and hunger "to be fed".  I have preached at Revivals and evangelistic Services with less success.  Most of the folks God has used me to lead to Christ have been reached one on one.

There is undoubtedly some wisdom in Professor Fitch's view in the context of reaching today's younger unchurched or secular emergent generation. I believe they still may be engaged by a good presntation of the Word.  I continue unapologetically preaching the old-fashioned way.  I also still believe in Myths #2 as well; but with a slightly diffferent take than Mr Fitch has.  I have found that the type of people that like my preaching are, of course, the ones that attend and that there is some need to decide a prioi for whom your sermonic bell is to toll.  As to Myth #3-  of course I have always tried to apply my Messages to the needs of my congregation and their personal situation, but normally I did not begin with their perceived needs or make that the major goal of the message.  I began with the Word as is and ended with the application.

It is noteworthy that there was power in the Word when Paul preached it before Pagan audiences and I believe that power to convict, call and save Pagens in still in that Word.  Of course, while he was the Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul still preached to Jews in Synogues (the churched of his day) and that is the group that I am still most concerned with reaching today.  Both Paul and Jesus relied on the faith in God and the knowledge of His Word that their audience had to begin with.


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