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?
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