Anonymous said...I posted the following reply:
If a pastor is not preaching from the Bible he is not preaching, he is giving a pep talk. Jesus didn't preach to "felt needs" he preached the truth. A pastor has an obligation to the church to preach the whole counsel of God not just the "feel good" parts. Any pastor who does not preach the whole truth of Scripture is falling short of his calling as a shepherd of his flock. What better way to make sure you are fulfilling your duty as a pastor than to thoroughly exposite Scripture verse by verse.
I respectfully disagree with some of your opinions, and here's why.
My arguement is primarily with the term "Biblical Preaching." One of the most powerful communication tools ever invented is storytelling. Jesus used stories (the "church" word is parable, but the word story accurately describes what they were) in his preaching, so I believe it is entirely appropriate to use non-biblical stories in sermons. Stories make the gospel personal in a way that no other communication method can, in my opinion.
"Jesus didn't preach to "felt needs" he preached the truth." These two things are not mutally exclusive. You can preach Biblical truth to your congregation while also fullfilling their needs. A shepherd who leads his sheep to water when they are in greater need of greener pastures is not a good shepherd. Likewise, a pastor who senses a need in his congregation, but preaches on another topic, is not fullfilling his duty as pastor.
"A pastor has an obligation to the church to preach the whole counsel of God not just the "feel good" parts." I agree with this statement, for the most part. I only have a problem if it is carried to the other extreme and the "feel good" parts are ignored. After all, the great commission in Mark 16:15 reads: "He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." The overall message of the Bible, in my opinion, is one of love and grace. It is the story of a Savior who loved us so much that He was willing to die for us. And through His death, and our acceptance of Him as our savior, we are granted eternal life, even though we don't deserve it (grace.) None of us deserve it, but it is still ours for the asking, and THAT is the GOOD news that this world needs to hear. So, I am not disagreeing with you; I am just clarifying my position.
Thanks for taking the time to write!
I forgot to put in my reply that my problem with the term "Biblical Preaching" is that I have heard it used to criticize anyone who does preach a sermon by going through a passage verse by verse. I firmly believe it is possible to preach a sermon that is "Biblical" using other methods of communication. I heard a great sermon this past Sunday that was based on 2 verses. The pastor read the verses, and then expounded on them for the rest of his sermon. Although his use of Biblical text was limited, the teaching in his sermon was, in my opinion, Biblical.