Preaching and the Harvesting of Imperatives

I was both dually challenged and encouraged by this two part post. I trust you are as well.

Biblical Preaching

CombineHarvester2In our natural desire to make our preaching applicable and relevant, we may be tempted to simply harvest imperatives.  That is, to find the instructions in a passage and make them the preaching points.  That surely avoids all the baggage and allows us to get to the point and preach with potent relevance?  Here are four thoughts to keep in mind if you tend toward this approach:

1. Content, context and coloured fonts.  Some people are huge fans of red-letter Bibles.  These Bibles use different coloured fonts to allow the reader to spot when Jesus is speaking.  Maybe that is helpful.  And maybe, for some, it creates a level of confusion.  After all, surely more than one or two folks have fallen into the trap of thinking something Jesus said is therefore more important than the fully inspired packaging of Matthew or Mark’s gospel writing around the quote?  All Scripture…

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