Classic Wesleyan Sermons

Why Keep Preaching?

Some scholars and preachers are suggesting that preaching has run its course. They say the craft served its purpose back when we were a word-based culture, but today a monologue seems like an outdated mode of communication. The proclamation of words from one talking head to a nodding (or sleeping!) crowd for twenty or thirty minutes, or worse, forty to fifty minutes, is a bygone byproduct of a different era when words mattered. Today, we are an image-based culture. The plethora of words we encounter every day, online or print, has caused words to become meaningless. Music and other art forms have greater potential to impact people than the traditional sermon. And why should the pastor be the authority on matters of biblical interpretation? Dependence on the preacher was appropriate back when many people were uneducated and illiterate.
According to the biblical story, words matter. God did his best work through words. Through words God formed the world and everything in it. For centuries, the Old Testament prophets communicated messages from God to his people essentially through words. The primary ministry of Jesus and John the Baptist was preaching. Jesus recruited the apostles to preach, and the first-century church, according to the book of Acts, focused significant attention on the ministry of proclaiming good news. According to the Bible, words about, from, and for God proclaimed to a group of people through the anointed person will always be meaningful, relevant, and powerful even when considered passe. That is why we preach. Lenny Luchetti, "Preaching Essentials, 2012"

Sermons - Jesus Christ

Play Blood Of Jesus Christ - Roy S. Nicholson

Play The Mind Of Christ - John Church

Play Adequacy Of Christ - Earl Wilson

Play Behold The Man - Roy s. Nicholson

Play It Is Expedient - Paul Elliott

Sermons - Holy Spirit

Play Promise Of The Holy Spirit - James Crispell

Play The Wind Of The Spirit - Earl Wilson

Play Pentecost - P. H. Phaup

Play Fact And Fruit Of Pentecost - C. B. Cox

Play Ministry Of The Spirit To The Believer - Wesley Duewel

Play Person And Ministry Of The Holy Spirit - Wesley Duewal

Play What Happens After The Holy Spirit Comes - P. H. Phaup

Play Baptism Of The Holy Ghost - John Church

Play The Personality Of Power - Earl Wilson

Play The Power Of Life - Earl Wilson

Play Holy Spirit And Christian Solidarity - Paul Rees

Play Holy Spirit And Christian Identity - Paul Rees

Play Holy Spirit And Christian Adequacy - Paul Rees

Sermons - The Cross

Play Divine Love, It Happened At Calvary - William H. Neff

Play Redemption, It Happened At Calvary - William H. Neff

Sermons - The Bible

Play The Gospel Of Full Salvation - Wilber Dayton

Play The Bible Interpretation - Stephen Paine

Play The Bible And Sanctification - Stephen Paine

Play Practical Biblical Ethics - Robert McIntrye

Play John Wesley's View Of Scripture - Herbert Dongeli

Sermons - The Church

Play Filling Your Ministry To The Brim - Lee Haines

Play The Pastor, A Leader - J. D. Abbott

Play What Is An Arminian Church - Myron F. Boyd

Play How And Why The Church Grows - Orval Butcher

Play Successful Church Promotion - O. D. Emery

Sermons - Miscellanious

Play Unity Of The Spirit - T. M. Anderson

Play The Secret Of Victorious Living - Roy S. Nicholson

Play First Principle Of Life - Roy S. Nicholson

Play Abounding Grace - Wilber Dayton

Play Hope Perfectly - Earl Wilson

Play The Man Elijah - A. Wingrove Taylor

Play Redeeming Failures And Frustrations - Earl Wilson

Play How The Christian Faces Fatigue - Earl Wilson

Play The Devil - Roy S. Nicholson

Play Can A Christian Challenge The Demonic - Wesley Duewel

Play Eternal Punishment - John Church