Powerful Preaching

Soren Kierkegaard observes that the true test of a good sermon is not whether people heard it, enjoyed it, and discussed it over their Sunday meal.  Rather, the philosopher points out, the real test may be whether people heard it and found themselves too inspired, too angered, too challenged, or too sick to eat a Sunday meal.

—cited in C. Welton Gaddy, The Gift of Worship, 78

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Proclamation in Context

Proclamation in public worship in New Testament times never consists of what we should call pure doctrine. It is always by the measure of the Apostles’ word none the less  prophetic utterance, always a testimony in which the very person of the one who testifies is involved; it is utterance which thus attempts to interpret the present situation with the authority of the Spirit.

—Eduard Schweizer, “Worship in the NT,” Reformed and Presbyterian World 24:5 (March 1957): 202

Preaching as Worship

The aim of preaching, whatever the topic, whatever the text, is this kind of faith—to quicken in the soul a satisfaction with all that God is for us in Jesus, because this satisfaction magnifies God’s all-sufficient glory; and that is worship. Therefore the mission of all preaching is soul-satisfying, God-exalting worship.
—John Piper, “Preaching as Worship: Meditations on Expository Exultation,”
Trinity Journal 16:1 (Spring 1995), 33

The Pastor and Worship (9)

POINTS OF ENGAGEMENT FOR THE PASTOR

  1. Be a private worshiper.
  2. Sing, pray and preach out of a walk of worship.
  3. Study worship.
  4. Preach on worship.
  5. Model worship publicly.
  6. Lead worship.
  7. Handle the text reverently and responsively in sermon preparation.
  8. Preach as an act of worship.
  9. Preach as an invitation to worship.

—Ron Man, “The Pastor and Worship,” Worship Notes 11.2 (February 2016)

The Pastor and Worship

Congregational leaders [pastors] should see that the planning and conduct of church services is ultimately their responsibility. It is a ministry that ideally will dovetail with preaching. Of course, the New Testament encourages the sharing of gifts and ministries by others. So pastors should teach about the nature and purpose of the gathering and should model how to make edifying contributions themselves. They should supervise the process of planning and conducting edifying gatherings, even if others are given substantial responsibility in this area.

—David G. Peterson, Encountering God Together, 77-78

Sermon as Worship

The sermon, if it really is a sermon, is most certainly worship.  For the faithful exposition of the Word of God is itself at the same time both Word of God (the divine action of worship) and also hearing of the Word of God (the primary human action of worship), the preacher leading the congregation in its work of hearing.

—C.E.B. Cranfield, “Divine and Human Action: The Biblical Concept of Worship,” Interpretation 12:4 (October, 1958), 394