Concordia Theological Monthly

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teaching, ministry, christian, pedagogy, lesson plans, education

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


One of the strangest distinction which is observed when men are being trained for the ministry and, for that matter, when men are in the ministry, is that which prompts ministers to lay just about the exclusive emphasis of their office on preaching, that is, on delivering the sermons and addresses in public gatherings of the Christian congregation. No doubt this is the most conspicuous part of the ministry and one upon which success depends in a very vital way. We are prone to quote the statement from our Lutheran Confessions "Es ist kein Ding, das die Leute mehr bei der Kirche haelt denn die gute Predigt." It is true also that our Savior is frequently spoken of as a Preacher; in fact, Matthew opens the account of His public ministry with the significant remark: "From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven 1s at hand," chap. 4:17. Cp. chap.11:1; Mark 1:38,39; 2:2.


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Matthew 4:17; Matthew 11:1; Mark 1:38-39; Mark 2:2; Luke 6:20; Luke 12:1; Matthew 7:28; Matthew 13:54; Mark 4:2; Mark 9:31; Luke 5:3; John 6:59; John 8:2; John 3:2;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars