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The Dire Need for Doctrine (part 2)

Preaching a theology that sustains our hearers

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Inpart oneof this two-part series, Shaw examined the importance of preaching doctrine. In part two, he continues with helpful suggestions concerning the mechanics of doctrinal preaching.

Preaching Today: Are there any strategic points throughout the year for doctrinal preaching?     

Wayne Shaw: The Christian year is the first thing that comes to my mind. I recently heard a sermon on Easter Sunday that didn't say anything about the Resurrection. It was a good sermon, but it didn't say a word about Christ and the empty tomb. I thought to myself, What a lost opportunity!

Beyond the Christian year, there are some things that are always true of every Christian, in any era, at any time. There are others that are so specific to our cultural setting that they dare not be ignored, either. Biblical doctrines can be applied in both situations.

Your last point reminds me of the recent Virginia Tech tragedy. There were numerous opportunities to preach doctrine in light of those events.

Right. Here you've ...

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David Bartlett

July 20, 2009  1:02am

I found this very helpful in getting me to rethink message content - doctrine - and presenting it for the non-theologian who listens. Thanks !!!

David Bartlett

July 20, 2009  12:40am

I found this very helpful in getting me to rethink message content - doctrine - and presenting it for the non-theologian who listens. Thanks !!!

Dr Andrew Simkins

May 30, 2007  10:13am

Dr. Shaw's careful counsel encourages preachers to stay in the text, and as much is as possible, remaining fully aware of the moment within the Church and the world. Surely the Lord is pleased with such counsel.

James Fulbright

May 28, 2007  10:23am

As a Wesleyan theologian and conservative evangelical pastor who has had numerous issues with the mainstream denominations, I can honestly say that doctrine is at the heart of the issue of our proclamation of truth and "teaching everthing that [Christ] has taught." We are engaged in truth wars and it centers around doctrinal issues and how doctrine is defined and proclaimed to our churches. We cannot fail in our mission to remain faithful to Christ's teachings of Scripture while making it relevant to today's society. I am firmly convinced that we have the same sins we have always had... just we have new ways and technologies to commit them and new words to call (define) them by. We must not relabel the bottle of poison as something sweet and desirable! We must tell it plainly what the wages of sin are and what the prospects of a new life in Christ means to them personally. The Holy Spirit will prepare their hearts and open it for the message.

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