Thirty minutes, sixty minutes, or somewhere in between? The majority of the rules taught are not able to be applied to actual sermons found in the Bible. All the possible decisions, with all the various advocates, can be paralyzing. Many pastors resort to imitating their favorite preachers or marrying a monotonous method adopted in seminary. Most of the preaching rules given are really just someone’s preference.So, the answer to this blog post is fairly simple, you cannot control it, but I want to take this discussion to a different level, how do we approach dating in our youth group?I tend to take a more conservative approach to this than most.I can go through years of manuscripts—if I wasn’t in my “I don’t write manuscripts” phase—and see how often I changed. The following are my guiding principles: Attempting to preach like someone else is defeating to me and dishonoring to God. Through humor, stories, illustrations, application, or other means, I must meet them where they are. The goal of getting people engaged helps inform whether I preach through a book of the Bible or do a topical series, or have a stand-alone week. I also avoid eschewing stories and illustrations under the auspice of their being beneath a good sermon.Yes, we listen to, admire, and seek to be faithful like other preachers, but we don’t copy. Engaging requires me to use language that fits my context, not impresses them with my brilliance or offends them with my crassness. The goal is to make the text clear, to bring Scripture to life, so people hear and understand God’s Word clearly. I must get the truth of God’s Word deep within my heart before preaching.If you are a student reading this post, you probably have been faced with the frustration of the rules that a youth pastor or leader put on you for dating. It is not up to you to tell students that they cannot date someone of the opposite sex.
Christian culture is like any other in that we develop truisms that we accept without verifying.
Along with studying preaching, I study preachers, each with their own unique style and approach.
I have watched, and listened to, seminary lectures, conference messages, and podcasts.
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