Someone told me I should teach Homiletics. This is why I recoiled…

First, what’s “Homiletics?”

Homiletics is the study of the analysis, classification, preparation, composition and delivery of sermons.  Some would use the phrase, although I purposefully ignored it, “the art of preaching.”

G. Friedrich, in the  “Theological Dictionary of the New Testament 3:703 (1965) says preaching “Kerusso,” or Kerussein, [to “preach”] does not mean the delivery of a learned and edifying hortatory discourse in well-chosen words and a pleasant voice.

I’ll be the first to admit, I love a well crafted and well delivered speech.  Likewise, I love to teach.  But, I think preaching, biblically speaking, is something other than standing in front of a group and delivering a sermon.  Let’s be clear, there are no sermons in the bible.  No, not even the “Sermon on the Mount” was a sermon.  

Some here would like to make a distinction between “teaching,” and “preaching.”  And to that end say that what happens on Sunday morning from pulpits is teaching, and not preaching and therefore sermons are biblically justified and the teaching of homiletics likewise.

Now, why did i recoil?  Because, at this stage in my spiritual journey, the last thing I want to teach others, is how to put on a show.  If I’m going to teach someone the art of preaching, it’s going to focus firstly on teaching others what the gospel is, and then how to herald, proclaim, and preach it.  The gospel is best transmitted and demonstrated via two-way conversations and bi-directional engagement.  Biblical preaching (the transmission of the gospel) is always mutually beneficial for the one’s hearing and the one’s speaking it.

Paul distanced himself from the type of environment that consisted mostly of one way oratory entertainment. (1 Cor 1:17 ) (1 Cor 1:22 -23) (1 Cor 2:1) (1 Cor 2:4)

Personally, in my teaching or preaching, I want to listen to people.  I want to be able, through the Spirit’s leading to not only answer their questions, but answer the person behind the question with a person, the person of Jesus.  For me to teach someone homiletics would be a conflict of interests.  I’d like to know what you think via a few questions:


What biblical justification is there for standing in front of a group and delivering a one way oration?

What are some good reasons to teach another homiletics?

Is the delivery of sermons necessary or biblical?  Why or why not?


For Related posts, see: 

When No One Wants to Listen… To The Gospel

Does Preaching Piss you Off? 

“Well, We like to elevate the Word of God around here.” 

0 thoughts on “Someone told me I should teach Homiletics. This is why I recoiled…

  1. Genoise says:

    Could you please explain why it is called “The Sermon On The Mount”? And if it wasn’t a “sermon” what was it? Also, what exactly was it that He did when he visited the Temple and all those synagogues? Are there links to some websites that address these issues you could share?
    I have tried to express what I understand to be true about the role of a pastor and the relative newness of the sermon to friends I used to go to church with, but I have a hard time expressing it well.

    • Miguel says:


      Thanks for your comments and inquiries.“The Sermon on the Mount” is called such by people. It has never been designated so by biblical authors. It was just one of Jesus’ many teachings. In fact, it’s easy for us to forget that Jesus never preached IN the temple. The temple was for sacrifices, not sermons.

      Jesus preached in the temple courts. A place of constant motion and activity and participation. Likewise, the synagogue settings were not designed to deliver one way orations. When Paul attended synagogue he did not give sermons, rather, he always appeared to spend his time in discussions and attempts at persuading believers to do the things Jesus desired of them (Acts 17:2; 18:4; 19:8)

      As to web sites etc., I would recommend first taking a long look at 1 Corinthians 14 and see how “church” worked. The norm, at least for the Corinthians, was “Whenever they came together, together, they each had a psalm, a teaching, a tongue, a revelation, and an interpretation. All for mutual edification (1Cor 14:26 )

  2. Genoise says:

    Thanks, Miguel. 🙂

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