The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) records words of the prophets who spoke challenging and hopeful words to the people of Israel and Judah. In the New Testament Jesus teaches in the synagogues and preaches to the masses who gathered around him. Early church leaders like Peter and Paul proclaim the good news to the crowds. And, as the early church developed, teaching and preaching the word became an important and formative part of Christian worship.
In our differing traditions and denominations preaching has developed in sometimes unique and interesting ways. What is a sermon in your tradition? Are sermons based on scripture – why or why not? What do you hope for when you listen to a sermon? What is a good process for sermon writing? What forms do sermons come in and why does it matter? What does your tradition think about prophetic preaching that engages community, social and political concerns?
Together we will explore these historical and contemporary issues related to proclamation in worship.
(this course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)