Examining Tradition: Preaching
I’ve had two major influences in forming my theology of preaching.
The first was Calvary Chapel and the second was of course, John Calvin and the Reformed tradition.
Both pride themselves (capital P) in expository preaching through complete books of the Bible.
Whether either camp will admit it or not, both (with myself included) believe that this is the superior method of preaching and we do look down on those who do otherwise.
We (sniff) teach the whole counsel of God.
Is our confidence in this methodology justified?
In a very good article over at Ref 21, Ian Campbell suggests… maybe not.
Spurgeon certainly didn’t think so….his advise to student preachers on choosing a text;
‘I dare not announce what I shall preach from in six weeks’ or six months’ time’ …. ‘wait upon the Lord, hear what he would speak, receive the word direct from God’s mouth, and then go forth as an ambassador fresh from the court of heaven’.
Apart from Spurgeon’s methodology, there is also the liturgical method that has fed countless believers for centuries as well.
So is my tradition superior to yours?
Alas, I must lay down my pride and say that any preaching that is centered on Christ and His work on the cross…is good preaching.
I can appreciate and learn from other men with different methodologies…and that’s not limited to preaching.