Je preek laat zien wat je van de bijbel gelooft

Preken gaan niet alleen over theologie. Wat jij doet in je preek getuigt van een theologie: wat je van de bijbel gelooft en verwacht. In een wat langer artikel gaat ene Jeremy Rinne hier op door. Hij denkt na over de ‘genoegzaamheid’ van de bijbel en de consequenties die dat heeft voor je preken.

I believe that behind our vacillation over straightforward, expository preaching lies a deeper theological crisis over the doctrine of scripture.  We evangelicals doubt expository preaching today because we doubt the Bible.  When I say we doubt the Bible, I don’t mean we doubt the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture (well, not yet anyway).  Ask a typical evangelical if she believes that the Bible is the Word of God, and most likely she will nod in agreement.  Look at the doctrinal statements of evangelical churches or organizations, and the first or second article will usually affirm inspiration.
No, our disquiet centers on the related doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture.  Is God’s Word truly enough to captivate and convert sinners?  Is the Bible ample food for sustaining the souls of the saints?  Can our ancient Scriptures really build healthy churches in a modern world?  Or do we need to boost God’s Word with supplemental power sources?  We believe that “all scripture is God-breathed” but we quietly fear that it’s not “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  We struggle to affirm with the Westminster Confession that “the whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture.” (1.VI.)

Vier aspecten noemt hij dan:

a. Door boeken van de bijbel heen preken

b. De héle bijbel preken

c. Preken over het grote verhaal van de bijbel – Hierbij een prachtige zin:

…we’ll also want them to see the hand of the great Author crafting His-story within history.

En uitdagend:

I might add that this type of preaching is quite seeker-sensitive.  Postmodern people have been indoctrinated to reject meta-narratives.  And yet rather than being liberated, they’ve found themselves lost and adrift in vast sea of meaninglessness, with no land in sight.  Postmodern people are still created in God’s image, and still need to be located in framework of meaning.  Highlighting the Bible’s big picture will speak to these lost souls.

d. Het evangelie verkondigen

Aan het eind doet hij dit pleidooi:

Let us glorify God by honoring his Word with serious study.  Let us stop fiddling with power point slides for the sermon and quit surfing Google Images for just the right visual.  Let us quit poring through back issues of Reader’s Digest to find an apt illustration or joke, and instead use the time to pray and meditate on Scripture.  Let’s be done with trying to cobble together a video montage from Gladiator to illustrate the idea of “Teamwork” for our latest topical series on “Living in Community” designed to fuel attendance in our new small group program.

Voor het hele artikel, klik hier.

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