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If It's Not How-to, It's Not Preaching (pt. 1)

A forum on protecting and respecting this practical preaching style.

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This is part one of a three-part series.

PreachingToday.com: There are two ways to look at how-to preaching—a broad definition and a narrow definition. The narrow is the way that how-to preaching is used pejoratively, which we will talk about shortly. The broader definition is sermons that are framed as how-to—that is they give steps or principles about how to get whatever you're after in your life: the knowledge of God, a peaceful marriage, whatever.

Given that broad definition, do you preach how-to sermons?

Dave Ferguson: I'm not sure I would have thought of our church's teaching as "how-to," but, on the other hand, if someone was to leave after a weekend experience and not feel like they had a new way to live out the Jesus mission we talk about, I would feel like we didn't do our job.

We have a teaching team, and we collaborate on all our talks. We write our messages in community. When we're doing that, in the same way that an individual will get stuck when trying to write a ...

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