Sermons/Homilies/Preaching

We are in the process of gathering information from our members for our local Church Survey. I think that it would be interesting to see how members here respond to the topic.

Topic: Pastor’s Sunday Sermons

How would you rank the following with1 (most important) to 6 (least important).

___ Be theological or scholarly

___ Emphasize daily Christian life

___ Emphasize contemporary issues

___ Emphasize Sunday lessons and Gospel

___ Comfort and reassure the listener

___ Challenge existing notions and habits

God Bless!

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*]Emphasize daily Christian life
*]Challenge existing notions and habits
*]Comfort and reassure the listener
*]Emphasize Sunday lessons and Gospel
*]Be theological or scholarly

*]Emphasize contemporary issues
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Jane,
How are you?

=emeraldcoast;5785730]We are in the process of gathering information from our members for our local Church Survey. I think that it would be interesting to see how members here respond to the topic.

Topic: Pastor’s Sunday Sermons

How would you rank the following with1 (most important) to 6 (least important).

1_ Be theological or scholarly

2_ Emphasize Sunday lessons and Gospel

3_ Comfort and reassure the listener

4_ Emphasize daily Christian life

5_ Challenge existing notions and habits

14_ Emphasize contemporary issues

Jon

Hey Jon! Hope all is well at your end!

Thank you all for your responses. I found it interesting when my husband and I compared our choices that we had different rankings. I thought after twenty years of sitting next to him in Church we would have pretty much the same picks. Needless to say, it is interested that God still meets both of our needs at Church.

I will be out of pocket for the next few days since I am flying up North for my aunt’s funeral. Please keep her family in your prayers. She died after just about a 4 year fight against ovarian cancer–a sucky disease.

God Bless!

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14_ Emphasize contemporary issues

Jon
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LOL That’s what I was trying to say too

And it isn’t that contemporary issues aren’t important to Christians. The problem is so often, and even unintentionally, a pastor/priest can allow personal or political bias to enter in, instead of helping believers to understand that Christ and His Church can be our guide through contemporary issues, just as they have “contemporary issues” of any other time.

Jon

1. Preach the absolute need of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and of conversion to God - IOW, set forth Christ Crucified. St. Paul preached with power - how many preachers & homilists do so today :eek: ?

All else is secondary. :cool:

Does that count as cheating :o ?

1b___ Be theological or scholarly

1a___ Emphasize daily Christian life

3___ Emphasize contemporary issues

4___ Emphasize Sunday lessons and Gospel

2a___ Comfort and reassure the listener

2b___ Challenge existing notions and habits

Oh, I agree. I think most “contemporary issues” are a matter of conscience (and before I get harpooned by the abortion-on-every-thread posters; NO, I don’t consider abortion on demand a “contemporary issue” I consider it the sin of murder. OK?) If people are reminded often to emphasize daily Christian life and a pastor challenges his flocks existing notions and habits then the contemporary issues will take care of themselves.

Emphasize the Gospel using sound theological principles, while showing how this applies to our daily lives today. Lessons from the past can bring comfort to listeners today - just knowing that our struggles are the same as the early Christians (the Gospel times) can be comforting.

You ask about challenging exisiting notions and habits. This presumes that the listeners’ notions and habits deserve challenge. I don’t know why, but I assumed this is about social issues. (prejudice, etc) If you’re talking about the notion that “I go to church therefor I’m better than those who don’t–too bad they won’t see Heaven”, then I’m with you. If you’re talking about assuming that all white people have prejudices that need to be challenged, I’m sending you to diversity training. :slight_smile:

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