Preaching & Postmodernism Pt2

In my last blog post we looked at the demise of preaching in light of the influences of postmodernism. Today I want to share with you further insight into how we are to approach preaching the Bible in a postmodern culture.

Firstly, Bible preaching in a postmodern environment begins with a provoked spirit of concern. In Acts 17:16 Paul’s spirit was provoked within him when he saw the Athenians worshipping the many gods and idols, littered around the city. Our commitment to preaching the bible must begin with a spiritual burden for the broken state of people’s lives, not intellectual snobbery or elitism.

Secondly, Bible preaching in a postmodern environment is centered on the Gospel. In Acts 17:17 Paul went to the synagogue and the marketplace and preached the gospel, presenting the death and resurrection of Christ and his teachings as the central theme of his ministry. Our preaching should take on an apologetic approach in a plural society (Defending the Gospel and building a case for faith). The goal of apologetic preaching should be to win souls and not just arguments.

Thirdly, Bible preaching in a postmodern environment assumes spiritual confusion in culture. Confusion reigns supreme in western culture about everything. I believe a tactic of Satan is to introduce so many different ideologies in our culture so that people can be trapped in confusion. God is not a god of confusion but of truth, order and peace.

Fourthly, Bible preaching in a postmodern environment is directed to people’s spiritual hunger. Secularism has left people’s souls deprived of true spiritual nourishment. We must turn the spiritual hunger of people towards the food of the Gospel. God has put eternity into the hearts of man and filled lost people with a hunger for truth.

Fifth, Bible preaching in a postmodern environment begins with God. In Acts 17:24-28, Paul begins with God as creator before he moves to God as redeemer. People must first understand who God is as their maker before they begin to understand their need for God as their redeemer.

Sixth, Bible preaching in a postmodern environment confronts error. I would like to do a series one time called ‘War on Error’. One of the signs of the last days church is that we will be rife with false teaching and false teachers. Error and heresy must be confronted and opposed. Gospel Truth is the branch we are all sitting on and cutting that off leaves us with nothing.

Seventh, Bible preaching in a postmodern environment calls people to repent and warns them of judgment to come. Albert Mohler says, “It is not enough to preach Christ without calling for belief and repentance. It is not enough to promise the blessings of heaven without warning of the threat of hell. It is not enough to preach salvation without pointing to judgment.”

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