Saturday, November 19, 2016

Preachers - Ignore What the Public Wants

Tipp City, Ohio

At Redeemer we preach, on Sunday mornings, verse-by-verse through the biblical books. This takes time. It is a brick-by-brick strategy that God has given us, viz.: 1) develop a biblically literate community; and 2) raise the level of Jesus-literacy.

We preached through the four Gospels chronologically, which took seven years. In 2015 we preached through the book of Revelation for a year. Then James. Before that Paul's letters, Hebrews, etc. Now we are in 1 Peter.

I like doing this, because I don't have to look ahead to wonder what sermon series I'm going to do next, and every topic one would ever want to discuss comes up as we preach through the Scriptures.

One more thing: when you preach through the Scriptures you attend to them, not to what consumer Christians in the Audience Church want to hear. As C.S. Lewis wrote:

"A man who first tried to guess 'what the public wants', and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of a fool and a knave." (Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, p. 120)