At Cannon Fodder Michael Kruger writes a note regarding pitfalls for aspiring preachers that all preachers can learn from.
Here’s a couple:
Pitfall #1: Confusing “expository” preaching with offering a running commentary.
Somewhere along the way, some pastors have become convinced that the “expository” part of preaching means that a sermon must sound like a commentary. In other words it must be a strictly chronological, running list of observations about the text.
However, such a move unfortunately confuses two different genres. While preaching should certainly be about the text, it differs from a commentary in meaningful ways. Primarily, sermons have an exhortational component to them that commentaries often lack.
Sermons speak not just to the mind (though they do speak to the mind), but also to the heart. They are concerned not just with truth, but with pressing that truth into the lives of the listeners.
Pitfall #3: Assuming that preaching Christ means preaching justification.
There is little doubt that justification is one of the most precious doctrines we believe. It was at the center of the Reformation. And it is central to our understanding of salvation.
But–and this is a key point–preaching justification is not the only way to preach Christ. Preaching justification is one way to preach Christ; it highlights his salvific sacrifice. In other words, it highlights his priestly office.
But, Christ has other offices: prophet and king. A preacher can preach aspects of those offices and still preach Christ.
If one fails to grasp this point, then every sermon is bent back around to justification no matter what the text says. And this creates a situation where every sermon ends up sounding the same.
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