Well, I was browsing my FB page and came across the following post by Dr. Jeff Iorg where he asked the question, “Do you preach for decision?” That most certainly caught my attention. I read the article and was overjoyed.
Dr. Iorg wrote, “Southern Baptists have never had more money, more trained leaders, more materials and programs, more technology, more of a national presence, and more of an international reach. Yet, despite all this, we are becoming less and less effective at communicating the gospel and baptizing people – the first public step of discipleship. In 2012, we baptized fewer people than any year since 1948. Why?”
I identify with and agree with his next statement: “Preaching has changed profoundly in my lifetime. My training emphasized preaching for results. Preaching, as I learned to do it, was a declarative act – communicating Truth in a compelling way designed to stir hearers to action based on the message. It was usually followed with an invitation to respond – to do something or commit to do something based on the message.”
Here is his conclusion: “What can be done? Preach the Word of God – expositionally and systematically. Learn to make specific, practical applications so the Word becomes accessible to everyday hearers. Application doesn’t make preaching relevant (the Bible is already relevant), but it does make it accessible. Learn to do it well. Hone your delivery skills so you are worth hearing. Boring preaching, poorly done, is anathema. Stop it!
Evangelistic churches preach the gospel and ask people to respond to it – on the spot, in the moment. Let’s rediscover the power of preaching the Point and be less concerned about a great PowerPoint.”
Amen and Amen.
For me this is not just a breath of fresh air, it is a whirlwind of fresh air that needs to sweep our churches!
You can read Dr. Iorg’s article in its entirety by clicking here.