• Young Preachers Festival July 21, 2016 Bishop Scott Jones

    Bishop Scott Jones believes preaching is an essential part of a holistic ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ in the local church, and will talk about how a pastor spends her/his time, crafts the sermons, and relates it to other ministries in the congregation. He will also address communication patterns in the 21st century and how the standards for fruitful and effective preaching have changed while also remaining the same in the last few decades.

    I. Purpose
    A. These are times of crisis—danger and opportunity
    1. In such times disciplined purpose is crucial
    2. Church of the Resurrection
    a. Our Purpose: To build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.
    b. Our Vision: Changing lives, transforming communities, and renewing the church.
    c. Our Journey: Knowing, loving and serving God
    B. Purpose—mission—is crucial
    1. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing
    C. The Wesleyan Way
    1. Creation in the image of God
    2. Original Sin
    3. Repentance
    4. Justification
    5. Sanctification
    D. Salvation by Grace through faith—the outstretched hand offering life
    1. Ephesians 2:8-10
    E. Means of Grace
    1. Worship plus 2
    2. Preaching is a means of grace
    a. Hebrews 4:12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
    b. 1 Corinthians 4:1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.
    3. Through us, God is creating a sacred world where certain things just make sense
    a. my friend and the OJ Simpson trial

    II. Planning
    A. Series better than lectionary
    B. Engaging secular culture in topic choice
    C. Solid content—not moral therapeutic deism

    III. Presentation
    A. Preaching in a video age
    1. use of video clips as illustrations
    2. minimal use of notes
    B. personality
    C. Spectacle–occasionally
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayTZegTQHzI 5:20 to 8:05
    D. Teamwork




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