There has never been a more appealing and interesting preacher than Jesus. Why not model him?
Jesus’ preaching attracted enormous crowds, and the Bible often records the positive reactions of those crowds to his teaching.
- Matthew 7:28 – “… the crowds were amazed at his teaching.”
- Matthew 22:33 (TLB) – “… the crowds were profoundly impressed.”
- Mark 11:18 (TLB) – “… people were so enthusiastic about Jesus’ teaching.”
- Mark 12:37 (NASB) – “The great crowd enjoyed listening to Him.”
These crowds had never heard anyone speak to them the way Jesus did. They were spellbound by his delivery.
To capture the attention of unbelievers like Jesus did, we must communicate spiritual truth the way he did. I believe that Jesus – not anyone else – must be our model for preaching. Unfortunately, some homiletics classes pay more attention to Aristotle and Greek rhetoric than to how Jesus taught.
In John 12:49 Jesus admitted, “The Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.” Notice that both the content AND the delivery style were directed by the Father. This is extremely important to note. We often overlook the manner in which Jesus preached.
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