Honoring Christ In Our Preaching-Day 1

Questions Over Statements:

Let me just pose to you something and see if it changes what you think of preaching. Here goes …

If you were to go through the entire ministry and life of Jesus, and create a ratio from all of the things he said, you would come up with this: Jesus asked 4 questions for every 1 statement he made.

Think about that … that the all-knowing God and most wise King of the universe stooped down to us to ask questions. This God, who has the cleanest and clearest theology of any human, came and “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23). In other words, he kept quiet at some of the most crucial moments when heresy, idiocy, and self-deception ran rampant.

Why didn’t he speak up? Why did he give parables and stories and intentionally not layout the meaning of his points? (Mt. 13:13)

Now compare this to the “preaching” of our day. Normally, preaching aims to craft a few main big ideas that are pragmatic and practical, so that everyone goes home with a filled-in outline. I’m just wondering if this is really preaching.

After all, the Bible does say that “deep are the purposes of a man’s heart, but a man of wisdom draws them out (Prov. 20:5).” Seems like the work of provoking stories and questions may accomplish a drawing out better than one-sided monologues. 

Let us think together. My intent is not to under-value preaching, but to PRIZE it. I have a HUGE desire to see people internalize truth. However, what this may mean is that we have to deploy different methods in order to ensure that truth takes root in others in the same manner, and with the same strength, that it has taken hold in us.

*For further reading in the Bible: 2 Timothy 2:15; James 3:1; 1st Corinthians 2:13; 1st Corinthians 2:1 – 2:8; Matthew 13:13

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Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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