Whether a pastor or a member of the congregation it is important to know what you’re hearing and what you should be hearing each Lord’s day.
I highly recommend the series:
Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World
by Dr. Edmund P. Clowney and Dr. Timothy J. Keller
Do we cater to the saved or unsaved, or both in each and every sermon? Do we understand that our sanctification, as well as our justification, is grounded in Christ?
I brought this up in light of some lectures out of Westminster on Christ Centered preaching lead by Tim Keller and Ed Clowney as they interact to some degree with sermon of Thomas Chalmers – The Expulsive Power of a New Affection
The gist of their preaching model is to avoid the morals altogether. They strive to show how Christ is not just the fulfillment of the law, type or theme: but as such God and Christ are more beautiful and glorious than what the non-believer or Christian may have perceived prior to the sermon. It’s an attempt that in wanting people to keep their minds reoriented to things above, you cannot simply tell them to do so, or to the counter, attempt to only show how their sins are so counter to God’s ways. Instead, something higher, more glorious and fulfilling needs to be shown as having been found in Christ through the gospel. This attacks the sin problem at the heart-level by offering it a grander substitution. Instead of telling people don’t think about a pink elephant, don’t bring it up, but paint them a verbal picture of a unicorn to think about instead. With the glorious in view, the things of earth will naturally grow strangely dim on their own.
To listen to them for yourselves check it out here:
“If we preach as if non-Christians are present, they will come.” – Tim Keller