Sermons communicate Biblical truth publicly, but what do we preach and how do we preach it? And maybe more important than the "what" and "how" of preaching is the process that moves us from the "what" to the "how".
But don't let me get ahead of myself. Before we get specific, let's talk more generally about the message. In general, the message that we preach is called the "gospel message."
The word "gospel" literally means good news and good news it is. It's good news of Jesus Christ. That's why Matthew calls it the gospel of the kingdom and Mark calls it the gospel of Jesus Christ and Luke calls it the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul calls it the gospel of God and of His Son, as well as, the gospel of peace. He adds a commendation to those who preach this good news when he says, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things."
Paul also summarizes gospel preaching in First Corinthians when he says that preaching the gospel is preaching Jesus, His life, His death, His burial, His resurrection.
So, in general, preaching a Gospel sermon is preaching the good news. It is positive; it is Christ-centered; it is God-honoring.
However, it is such an important and awesome job, it should be taken very seriously. "Practice what you preach" should certainly be our motto because we are not only "preaching to the choir" (those who already agree with us), but also to those who are not in the choir or even the congregation, for that matter.
That's why Paul told Timothy to "Preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
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