Definition: preparing and communicating a message from God that is relevant, compelling and understandable.
From God: based on God’s Word, faithful to the original meaning: preachers do not create the Word, they deliver the Word in a way that is relevant, compelling and understandable
Preparing: correct hermeneutics, tenor of scripture, exegesis of word and of the target audience, faithful to the theology of the denomination (theology guides us in the conversation with Scripture; it is important for preachers to go to Scripture enlightened by a theological tradition larger than their own personal convictions and understandings)
Delivering: whether by one way communication, by two way communication, by group interaction the message is safely delivered
Character of Delivery: the Truth of the Word through the personality of the preacher: Sense of the holy, sense of humor, sense of humility, a witness of what God has done and is doing in his life through this message: testifying to an encounter between God and humans.
Relevant: an awareness of the circumstances of the hearers: the message speaks to people in the concrete circumstances of their lives
Compelling: excites and demands a response to the Word; raises curiosity and questions that need to be answered, brings the Scripture into focus in the lives of the listeners: preaching for a needed change
Word changes deliverer before it is delivered
Understandable: asking the right questions of the Word in order to introduce right answers: What does this text say to us about God? What does it say to us about sin and righteousness? What does it say to us about ourselves? Who are the main characters in the text? What is the essential truth of the text? How do the main characters interact with that truth? What needs to be learned, obeyed?
What, in a single sentence, is the action or change the text requires of us? Leading in the discovery of that claim. For the message to be preaching there must be a call to change in obedience to the text. Otherwise we have not been preaching but only teaching.
- Demonstrate how to properly exegete a passage as the basis for a sermon.
- Demonstrate an interpretation of Scripture that is in line with Wesleyan Arminian Holiness theology.
- Demonstrate 5 different ways to properly organize a sermon.
- Develop a one year preaching plan in line with the Christian Calender and seasons
- Explain the difference between teaching and preaching.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply the word to call for obedience or change in response to the sermon.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
- Demonstrate how the message has impacted or changed the preachers own life.