There is a difference between preaching from the Bible and preaching that allows the Bible to drive the substance, structure, and spirit of the sermon.
A text-driven sermon allows the structure of the text to become buoyant, to come to the surface so that the sermon can be built around that structure.
In this way the word of God (the meaning of the text) is presented in a way that is influenced by the voice of God (the genre of the text).
Steven Smith, author of Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture, is hosting a series of helpful videos on preaching. Watch below (or click here) to view Smith’s first video as he introduces the study:
Smith teaches how to preach genre-sensitive, text-driven sermons—to allow the structure of the text to be the structure of the sermon. To do so, one must understand the genre of the literature in which God has chosen to reveal Himself. After a brief defense of genre-sensitive preaching, Smith categorizes Scripture genres according to their structure: story, poem, or letter. From these macro-level genres, each individual genre is explored for its unique features. Smith then offers practical help in structuring a sermon like Scripture and includes sample sermons to demonstrate.
Make sure to watch the other videos as well:
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