In the original article in Inglés by Timothy Keller.
This article summarizes four Ideas that, in my experience, are the key to Effective preaching in a secular culture. If I want to comunicate the gospel to Christians and non-Christians who are in your midst, I Encourage you to Incorporate These four elements in your own preaching.
1. Preaching to Christians and non-Christians at the same time
The gospel is the basis of justification and sanctification
Much of the literature of "church growth" presupposes That we can not minister to Christians and non-Christians at the same time. ACCORDING to this view, the "evangelistic" messages appeal to unbelievers but to believers bored, and messages "teaching" appeal to confuse or offend Christians but Those Who Are not. That means That a church has to be arranged to not have an approach or the other, and as a result May be limited in Their fidelity to the Bible as well as Their results.
Some churches not have tried to Solve this problem by distinguishing "services for the search of" which are provided on a different day to Those services oriented discipleship. But This approach is not without problems: many seekers are left over in the account services planned for them, and never receive a more challenging material. And like most of Those Who Attend services Generally search engine are Christians, believers Also Were left stranded in an elementary Christianity.
I think the problem is theological, not methodological. Indeed, it is impossible to combine the Christians with non-Christians in a Manner consistent Unless the preacher and leaders understand That the gospel is not only the way in Which people are Justified, But Also how to be sanctified. The typical attitude Toward the gospel is to see it as the ABC of Christian doctrine, truth or Merely the minimum required to be saved, but is Considered to grow in the Christian life more "advanced" biblical principles are needed. If That Were the case, then We Could not really focus on evangelism and spiritual formation at the same time. However, Martin Luther Realized That the gospel was not only how you get salvation but Also the way forward at every stage of the Christian life. So the first of the Ninety-five Theses Luther was, "All of life is repentance."
Jonathan Edwards in his Religious Affections [Religious Affections] Argues That beliefs and behaviors are inextricably linked and any failure to Christians That is Because of unbelief. The antidote to unbelief is a cool story of the gospel.
Preaching, Therefore, is not evangelism or edification or Because We all have the same Underlying problem. If a sermon is Christ-centered in its exposition and application, and if it is Aimed at dismantling the systems of the human heart and unbelief retelling and apply the gospel on That disbelief, then it will be enlightening to unbelievers although originally Aimed at believers.
How it Works
We live in a society in Which people are completely skeptical of all the truth. In contrast to past eras, In Which revealed truth was accepted or reason and scientific truth is honored, many people today just can not get a set of Teachings without seeing how "works" Christianity, how is embodied in the real life.
This has Implications for us all. For Christians who are surrounded by secular culture, it is important to hear the preacher wisely and shrewdly deal with problems That unbelievers have daily. This helps them to solve Their Own Doubts And Also a "training" excellent for Themselves When They Have to share Their faith. Outreach programs of the past do not always prepared to treat it adequately the Christians With the broad spectrum of intellectual and staff today through dificultades people about the Christian faith.
In a like way, When the preacher speaks to believers, unbelievers are present to understand how Christianity eat Applies to real life situations. For example, if you are preaching a sermon on materialism, and Directly apply the gospel to materialism Christian, you're doing something interesting and non-Christians Also benefits. Many of the listeners outstretch to make decisions of faith in a more pragmatic grounds. Instead of examining the faith of a little distant intellectually, is more likely to make a Commitment faith through a process of small decisions, "testing it" and seeing how it Applies in real life problems.
Practice preaching secular culture
Some tips to preach:
+ Solve all the problems with the gospel . Malthus, unbelievers hear the gospel every week and treat believers Their issues and problems with the beauty of the gospel.
+ Be careful with dubious assumptions . Do not assume That All People Have the same premises. Evita urges the point D if it is based on A, B and C, without Referring first to A, B and C. Consistently with statements based on the authority of the Bible or The Reasons why we believe.
+ Get involved in apologetics . Try to dedicate one of the three or four main points of the sermon to unbelievers. Keep in your mind a list of common objections That People Have towards Christianity. Very Often the text of the sermon have any implication on how to address These objections.
+ Provides Both applications for parties . When you give the sermon applications, go to Both Christians and non-Christians, almost in a Dialogue with them. For example: "If you are Committed to Christ, you must be thinking This, but the text That Provides an answer to fear," or "If you're not a Christian or you're not sure what you believe, then surely think That this thought is very closed but the text is Precisely about this. "
+ Be authentic . Young, urban and secular people in particular, is extremely perceptive to everything smells scenic artifice or ostentation. Beware sermons-or anything else in the worship service-it is too perfect, too controlled or look "canned".
+ is attentive to alienating language . The secular listeners are disconnected When They Perceive That the preacher does not use gender inclusive language Regarding acerca or make cynical remarks other religions or use religious jargon, a language That only Christians understand.
+ Wait and still respects the doubt . Always try to respect people's Doubts about Christianity. Beware not even give the impression That is beyond question Christianity or less intelligent people are Those Who Doubt Their veracity. It is important to Recognize the Presence of poison, and for practical ministering purposes say: "I know this sound Christian doctrine May scandalous".
+ Go to the wider community . Be aware of your posture and preaching of the needs and Concerns of the wider community, not just the Christian community. Shows how the grace of God favors the poor, Marginalized and foreigners. Celebrate the works of justice and mercy and Citizens have in common in the city.
+ Take hold of the cultural references . Residents of Manhattan not know or trust too much in the Bible, so it is important That I Know Their cultures, read What They read and respond to the questions from the Bible That They are doing. I thoroughly document and reinforcing my main points corroborating opinions the same books and newspapers read That New Yorkers. Often I can show them how the Bible was Referring to the same issues long before the contemporary author did.
+ Read the entire spectrum . If you read only one perspective on an issue, you outstretch to be naive and be more confident than you should. If you read a second contradictory That perspective deconstructs the first view, you outstretch to Become cynical and discouraged. But if you read a range of four or five different perspectives, see your own vision and voice, and Often get creative ideas. Regularly I read different opinions and imagined how it would have a conversation acerca Christianity With That author.
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