#12: Why is a Sermon Preached at Every Service?
Why is a sermon preached at every service? So God can talk to us. God? Yes. We believe in the three-fold Word of God. Jesus is the Living Word. The Scriptures are the Written Word. The Sermon is the Proclaimed Word. When the pastor faithfully preaches from the Scriptures, the Lord Himself speaks to the congregation by the power of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, preaching has been a source of encouragement, consolation, exhortation, and guidance since the earliest days of the Church. Sermons help us to appreciate the historical story written in Scripture, to ponder how the Gospel relates to our contemporary situation, and to discover what Christ wants us to do next. Sermons present the gift and the calling of the gospel to believers and to seekers. From the Book of Order, “when the Word is proclaimed, we are called, above all, to discern Jesus Christ, receive His grace, and respond to his call with obedience.” Now you know Why We Do That.