God’s Chosen Way Of Communicating The Truth In Love
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord…….” Isaiah 1: 18
Did you know that the word “sermon” is NEVER used in the whole entire bible? Well, at least not in the actual text. When men later added descriptions and titles to certain passages somehow the word “sermon” was used about the times Jesus shared on the mount. However, it was NOT a sermon being presented to the crowd. It was actually a long conversation or dialogue.
Jesus did not give sermons and neither did Paul. Usually folks will point to Paul’s talking on and on in Acts 20 and use that to justify sermons in the “church” today. However, where translations call Paul’s sharing there “preaching”; in the Greek text it actually says it was interactive dialogue and an ongoing conversation. This is a HUGE error in translation and in fact it has crippled the “church” in many numerous ways over the years.
There is a HUGE difference between speaking WITH someone and speaking TO or AT them. The Lord tells us to “come and reason” WITH Him. HE did NOT say COME LET ME REASON AT YOU! The Hebrew word used for “reason” in this text can mean to argue, decide, convince or discuss. God Himself wants to dialogue and discuss with us. If this is indeed God’s chosen route of communication… Then why does the “church” use sermons and monologues as its chosen way and total focus in communicating the truth and love of God?
It is insane! It is a proven fact that we best learn through interactive dialogue with GOD and one another. One more point I want to make is that even if Jesus did actually give a sermon on the mount, instead of a dialogue/conversation.. it only takes about 3 minutes to fully read through that entire passage. So why do most “sermons” on the average take over 40 minutes? Jesus could be conversational and brief, so why can’t we? I think it is a damn shame that the centerpiece and focal point of any “church” meeting/service is an un-biblical monologue….. where one “man” speaks and the rest of the Body become spectators and passive listeners. According to 1 Corinthians 14:26 when the church gathers “everyone” is an active participant and gets to contribute to a totally open and free, Spirit led, fully interactive conversation to the glory of God.
The big question is…do we want to follow God’s chosen ways or man’s? The sermon/monologue is “man’s” way and not God’s. So who are we going to serve? To me it is a simple choice, but with HUGE ramifications. The sermon is a tradition of men, a tradition that nullifies the Word of God and keeps the Body of Christ captive in the pews. I have said much more than a mouthful today. Please feel free to share your portion with us also.
Kirk Out !