We are having a blast teaching at at Africa Renewal University. It has been an amazing time, so far. I am teaching an advanced class on preaching (or homiletics) with a smaller number of students than in years past… but the subject is a capstone and humbling subject. One seminary professor said, “Christ is the only King of your studies, but homiletics is the queen”. It is humbling to teach on such a vital subject to the Church.
What makes homiletics the queen… is that it is focused on applying the Word of God to the People of God. In preaching we apply the Good News to the bad news situations of everyday life.
Far too often preachers (including this one!) will tell a great number of facts about a Bible passage… but forget that the news inside the passage is there to change lives. We get caught up with all the facts, figures, culture, and important issues that we forget to apply the text to our own lives and find ways to apply it to our people’s.
Tozer (quoting Milton) says, “”The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed.” It is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the Kingdom, to see God’s children starving while actually seated at the Father’s table”
People need Good News not Good Advice as Tim Keller would say. There are a million great “tips and tricks” for getting through life… but ultimately they don’t solve our heart problems.
So, how do you get to the Good News? Ask some simple questions: 1) What is God doing for people in the Bible that we can’t do for ourselves 2) What are we doing to mess things up in our relationship with God? Our relationship with each other? Our relationship with the world? 3) How does God solve the problem 4) How is that Good News and how does it apply to our life… or a friends life.
Until we find the Good News and proclaim that… we have yet to preach.
But when we do proclaim the Good News then the Queen and King stand together in a beautiful wedding celebration.