Concordia Theological Monthly

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gospel, preaching life, hearer, faith, sin, sermon, bondage, freed, proclamation, salvation, agape, grace

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


With a twinkle in his eye and skepticism in his voice a clergyman asked recently, "What, in your opinion, is a good sermon?" One almost despairs of giving an answer. There are so many styles of preaching and so many different kinds of people listening that it appears hopeless to try to give a definition of good preaching which would hold true for everyone in every situation. Even the so-called experts often do not agree. Every seminary has its tales of students who submit the same sermon to two homiletics professors and receive contradictory criticisms from them. The faithful often show little discrimination when they enthusiastically exclaim, 'Wasn't that a wonderful sermon!" Is there no crucial criterion by which we can judge all sermons?


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Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 1:16; Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 3:16; Galatians 5:13;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars