The Sunday sermon – Hope 103.2

The Sunday sermon

By David ReayFriday 28 Nov 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Hebrews 4:12-13

12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword,cutting between soul and spirit,between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes,and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (NLT)

As a child,I recall being ushered out of church before the sermon so we children could get some appropriate teaching of our own. For years,the word ‘sermon’ had connotations of tedious and unintelligible talk that was a sort of punishment an adult churchgoer had to endure each Sunday.

Sadly,it can still be like that for some churchgoers. Preachers closet themselves off in their study during the week and deliver dry-as-dust talks about things that only seem vaguely relevant to what will confront us on Monday morning. As the old saying about preachers goes,”invisible during the week,incomprehensible on Sunday”.

A reminder that good preaching arises from preachers who relate to those to whom they preach. They live,as far as possible,in their world. They are not concerned with mere academic information but with how such information leads to transformation. And rather than flattening out their personality they convey life-changing truth through their personality.

All this helps making our text today real to people. We have a wonderful Bible revealing a wonderful God. So much to enrich us,comfort us,challenge us. May a ‘sermon’ cease to imply boredom or irrelevance and rather imply something alive and powerful. Something that happens on Sunday that will make a difference on Monday.

David Reay