Welcome to episode #50 of PROCLAIM! — the podcast that teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”.
Our Scripture Verse on preaching is Acts 10:42-43 which reads: “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins..”
Our quote on preaching today is from C. H. Spurgeon. He said, “God forms man, sin deforms him, the school informs him but only Christ transforms him, therefore preach Christ to ALL Men.”
In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.
Today, our topic is titled “The Road from Text to Sermon, Part 3” from “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.
In the following stages we endeavor to bring the ancient world, the modern world, and our particular world together as we develop the sermon. In doing this we do not make the Bible relevant as though we were drawing an apt illustration from an old story. Modern men and women stand under God in the same position as did their counterparts in the Bible, and they hear the Word of God addressing them now. “Yahweh our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.” This affirmation comes from a people hearing the law a second time decades after it was originally given. Yet they declared through Moses, “Yahweh our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. Not with our fathers did Yahweh make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive this day”. The community of faith, looking back at an event that had occurred at a distant time and different place, experienced that history as a present reality. God’s word spoken at Sinai continued to speak to this new generation of people and not only related them to God but also spelled out what God expected in their relation to one another.
To expound the Scriptures so that the contemporary God confronts us where we live requires that we study our audience as well as our Bible. It also means that some very nuts-and-bolts questions must be asked and answered to discover how the exegetical idea and its development can expand into a sermon. We relate the Bible to life as we enter the next stage of our study.
Let’s Pray —