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Does your preacher use alot of scripture during a sermon or just a couple verses with stories and commentary?

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 ---Kella3336 on 7/5/08
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Our church has 3 preachers. They all use a lot of scripture, but throw in a story here and there to make a point. For the most part, our preaching is straight from the book.
---trey on 10/24/08

Concerning how your preacher preaches I would like to ask how many of you hear the gospel as presented in the Bible in first Corinthians 15:3-4-5 3-" For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,"

4-"And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

5-"And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:"

---mima on 10/23/08

Yes, I have seen this. And I really do not like it. And I really lose my focus, I do. So I would begin, if it seems to be long story, I would look up scriptures or just look down at the Bible and start reading.
---catherine on 7/25/08

Many of you have the mistaken idea that a church is a building - "let's go to church," "We have a wonderful preacher at our church," etc. The church are the Christians, period. Not a building, a denomination or a non-profit corporation.

As for the subject at hand, sermons and stories rarely edify the Christian. How many times are you going to hear the birth of Christ which is told over and over again every year during the month of December? How about Easter? Sure, they make a person feel happy inside for an hour or two, but they don't edify.
---Steveng on 7/16/08

If you are truly serious about maturing in Christ, don't go to church.

Think about starting a daily "home church" where a handful of Christians gather daily to encourage each other towards the Kingdom of God.

Hebrews 3:13
Hebrews 10:24-25
James 5:16
Colossians 3:13-16
1 Thessalonians 5:11

Search for other bible scripture in an online KJV Bible having the words: "one another", "each other"

A time is soon coming where Christians will be forced to meet privately. Be prepared now.
---Steveng on 7/16/08

Nancy...I agree. It's refreshing when a preacher actually preaches with the Holy Spirit guiding rather than through all that so-called oratory training.
---SusieB on 7/16/08

It is important for a preacher to "Study to show himself approved unto God,a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." 2Tim.2:15 In his preaching he should communicate that truth so that the hearers are edified and built up. The greatest preacher of all time, Jesus, used many stories and commentary. With this said, I believe a preacher should focus his preaching on the Word."All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.2Tim. 3:16-17
---david8437 on 7/16/08

Nancy>>>You sound like a woman with intelligence. Not much of it out in the world today. Not godly intelligence, or wisdom is abounding today. Satan has tahen over man's minds. I like what you wrote about different types of sermons. If the sermons are not your normal, given by an unbelieving preacher, then what the believing preacher preaches, just isn't true, even though it may come straight from God's own mouth or straight out of the word of God. Some things was never recorded in the word of God, is true. [God at times will raise up someone who's a little different}. But Satan lies to people about God's very own preachers. {When in doubt ask God}. Unbelievers will remain in doubt, And believing their own preachers over God's preachers.
---catherine on 7/16/08

We have a number of preachers, so we get a variety. Some do a lot of quoting from the Bible and other theological texts, while others tell a lot of stories-with-a-message (often re-runs, alas!)

However, as they are all lay preachers, we don't get much seminary-type preaching, where one scripture is linked to another, then another, etc. in order to prove a point. The exception is guest speakers.

It'd be nice to get the latter more often, but without formal training in oratory, I doubt it's possible.
---Nancy on 7/15/08

Where my husband and I attend, the preacher uses alot of scripture. I would not have it any other way. He also makes commentary that relates to the scripture-metaphors and such. The focus is living for Christ. Plus every Sunday we have communion, to remember what Jesus did for us. That is done right before the preacher delivers the sermon. It all ties in really well. We are very happy at our church.
---Kella3336 on 7/10/08

1 John 2:27...

"and you have no need that any one should teach you, as his anointing teaches you about everything..."

Many, many Christians will always defend the use of pastors and scholars for their spiritual education, but God is a jealous God and wants to be our teacher.

His spirit "yearns jealously" (James 4:5).

I will not belabor the point, but as the economic crisis worsens, false prophets and false teachings will abound more than ever in pursuit of your money/membership.

Be strong and rest in The Lord.

We have fellowship here and share our understandings.
---more_excellent_way on 7/9/08

---jody speaks for a great many people in answering this question. Over and over people tell me the same thing. The church, I tend to has no altar call, communion is left out of our church service.

---Mima on 7/9/08

I dont think the two options are mutually exclusive. A preacher can use interesting stories to provide Biblical points and still use 10-20 verses of scripture.

Whether his style is stories or verse by verse Biblical commentary, there should ALWAYS be lots and lots of scriptures.

If not, time to find a new pastor.
---Todd1 on 7/8/08

My Pastor always preaches from the bible. He will use life stories that has happened to him or someone he knows if it fits right along with the message. He preaches what God gives him. When God doesn't give him a message that night, he teaches still by using the bible. What gets me is when a person starts off good but ventures off the subject and has no message at all. If God doesn't give the Preacher a message, he should still preach but don't venture off in la la land.
---Rebecca_D on 7/8/08

My preacher uses what God give Him to say. He always go to God in prayer before he gives his sermon, which is a testamony. God gives him the words to say.
---antoa7855 on 7/8/08

Donna...Is that the only church in town? My husband uses scriptures in every sermon he does. He always has an altar call at the end as nobody knows if someone sitting in the pews is not saved, but just says they are.
---SusieB on 7/7/08

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At the church that we go to, the pastor uses a few scriptures to make a point. It is usually a positive point. I feel that little is taught and I have witnessen only one alter call. I have gone there for a year and have never seen a communion service either. I am not getting to bent out of shape about the churches anymore:). It seems that they all have serious problems. I have concluded that we are in a state of apostasy. I go to church to worship(corporately) and to see that my daughter involved in Christian youth activities. We have communion at home. We have serched for a church and keep drawing a blank:).
---jody on 7/7/08

Just one or two scriptures and then goes into stories - it drives me nuts. I've sat under anointed teachers of the word who expound on each scripture and that's when I've learned the most.
Since we aren't getting the meat of God's word from the pulpit, I study the word myself and find that God reveals "the secrets of the Lord" through hours of studying His word, doing cross references, looking up meanings of the word and using commentaries (as little as possible).
---donna8365 on 7/7/08

My pastor uses a ton of scripture to teach God's Word during his sermons. He will interject stories to show application if applicable, but the stories do not replace scripture. Scripture is the anchor of the sermon.
---Trish9863 on 7/5/08

It's important to explain any claims especially those pertaining to God or man's relationship to him.

The main audience in most churches are the redeemed. Things that are understood shouldn't have to be explained to those who practice them.

Jesus taught in parables, and so I see no bad thing coming from stories that spotlight human morality and their relation to scriptures.

The other model Jesus gave was to quote scripture. He reminded the Pharisees of David eating the Temple loaves among others.

As "wisdom is proved right by her children" each of these tools has it's place.

It's important to bring the context of the Lord's heart to a talk and convey the Spirit across as many points that relate.
---Pharisee on 7/5/08

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Although a few stories and comments are nice, it is the Scriptures that are the most important. I print out all the Scriptures I use and the entire sermon outline on the overhead. This way everyone gets to read the Scripture and also get to have a copy of them all along with the notes. I usually have a few stories to tell because of the 22 years of pastoring and extensive missionary work I've done. There is much power in the Word. It should never take a back seat to anything.
---john on 7/5/08

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