What Makes For A Good Sermon?
During our 150th anniversary year, we’re having guest preachers speak – folks who’ve served St. Paul’s in the past. I don’t often get to listen to live preaching – I hear John Piper, Mark Dever, and a few others plenty but they’re on mp3’s, not live. Listening to our guest preachers, I began to wonder – what makes me think a sermon is good?
Theological orthodoxy makes a sermon good IMNSHO – I’ve had more than enough of sermons that try to push the envelope into new theological territory. Personal contact makes a sermon good – if I have the sense that the speaker is a real human being rather than a talking head or highly paid professional. Humility, showing quirks, self-deprecation are all factors in that. I’d also add humor (though as I think of it, Piper’s sermons are very rarely humorous) – because it keeps me from taking myself too seriously. If the gospel is really true, then we should be laughing – at least sometimes – in a sermon.
Your thoughts on what makes for a good sermon?