As I’ve casually mentioned ’round here, I’m not a big fan of the sermon portion of church services. To be really specific I don’t prefer highly organized and structured church services, but in particular I think the sermon is something the church could afford to minimize if not simply lose.
I’ve never set out to do a formal series here, but I’ll give this a try. So once a week til the dead horse has been thoroughly beaten (I’ll be the judge of that, but let me know if it’s getting old), I’ll post another reason why we should think more critically if the sermon should be apart of “church.”
If you listen to enough sermons on the radio, you begin to wonder if the purpose of the sermon is to warn the believers of all kinds of sins, dangers and heresies. But as I reflect upon what a pastor’s role is, it’s to be discipling believers and orienting them to the way of Jesus.
I think we’ve reduced it to teach them, as if this were a classroom, on how to be a Christian. But to me discipleship is far more personal than that. It’s not meant to be explained in outline format. Discipleship just happens.
I think the church could benefit from relying less on speeches and more on people showing one another how to love and forgive. It’s not very well suited to a powerpoint presentation nor is it to be demonstrated like the proper use of a high-powered blender – it’s something you simply see in how a person goes about their day.
What do you think of the sermon’s role in the church? Do you agree that the sermon limits how discipleship is shown?