Why Should We Always Agree with the Sermon?

On Sunday morning, the pastor spoke about the importance of reading the Bible.

Throughout the service, the sermon was punctuated with lots of ‘amens’ and grunts of approvals from the congregation.

It got me thinking…

The first recorded public sermon of Jesus ended with the congregation trying to throw him off a cliff (Luke 4).

Why aren’t there more sermons like that? When was the last time you disagreed so passionately with a sermon that you wanted to throw the speaker off a cliff? When was the last time a sermon forced you into action?

Is a good sermon really measured by how much we agree with it?

Do we go to a church service just to hear things we agree with? Is that really the point?

Or am I missing something?


2 responses

  1. I love it when I’m scrolling through my RSS feeds and something just jumps out with such precision and clarity.

    I think you’ve really hit on a very significant point, and it’s one I find personally challenging with the glut of podcasts I listen to but never actually properly digest and turn into genuine application.

    Is it possible that the ‘amen’s and approving noises are more a sign of people feeling a smug sense of satisfaction that what they ‘knew all along’ is finally being put across to everyone else. Moreover, is the ‘amen’ less of an ‘I agree, please tell me more’ and more of a ‘I knew that. Look everyone, how spiritually aware I am’?

    I guess it’s also a further challenge to those of us who preach to, rather than chase after the ‘amen’, consider stony silence as our words hitting home as people stop to consider how they might respond.

  2. I agree with what you say. The best sermons I’ve ever heard are those when I’ve felt like the preacher was singling me out, the ones that rile me because they confront me with my own sin.

    I remember a preacher talking about our right foot leading us into sin when we are driving and we start to speed. Initially I thought he was being ridiculous and it really wound me up but I knew he was right. Breaking the law wasn’t honouring to God.

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