Recently Issues, Etc. interviewed President Matthew Harrison concerning the basics of preaching. President Harrison made some excellent points about the basics of preaching. This poor, miserable sinner agrees with President Harrison's points on preaching the severity of the Law and the cleansing assurance of the Gospel.
Here are some of the points President Harrison made in the interview:
- I think we are in a preaching crisis.
- The biggest problems I see is very little dealing with the actual text.
- I think we have a great challenge because in preaching we hear preaching that talks about Christ, about the Law about people who break the Law, about the Gospel.
- The sermon is a proclamation
- I hear very little preaching of the Law that stings or hits home. They will not hit at the gross sins that adhere in every one of us.
- Step into the office and say this Christ is for you and for sinners just like you.
- If I don’t realize the depths of my own sin how do I view people around me when they sin against me?
- Paraphrasing Luther, President Harrison said, “If the pastor fails to give you the Gospel in a sermon you should on the way out say ‘You are a thief and a liar. You have robbed Christ from me.’”
- I want to hear clear Law, clear damning Law in all its severity. The Law should be preached like there is no Gospel and the Gospel should be preached like there is no Law.
- I want to hear declarative application that tells me my sins are forgiven right now and that I am directed to Christ and his comfort