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Unformed Thoughts in the Pulpit

Two things I find vital to the preaching that comes from our pulpits (of which I must include when I preach) are clear telling of what the text means and how it relates to the gospel. Certainly there is a range of meaning in some texts and our interpretation should diligently match what the author intended but there seems to be some wiggle room here. Relating a text to the gospel though, this is where you actually talk about Jesus and how his work on the cross fits the story, is a must for those that claim to be Christian (you can go along way with me by even a mention of his name!)

But what about sharing “unformed” thoughts from the pulpit (and I say “sharing” because I think it is hard to preach ambiguity.) Recently I heard a sermon from a person I respect and appreciate but he declared that he was publicly working through ideas he wasn’t sure about. I felt like the sermon fell short of the call to response we expect to hear when the gospel is shared and was more appropriate for the class room setting.

Is that okay? Should we “waste” time in the pulpit with ideas we admit could be wrong? Are we confusing people more or drawing them closer to Christ?

As I think of preaching and the great opportunity a preacher has to reveal Christ to those in a place of unbelief or nominal belief I just can’t rally around the idea that we can have a message with a main point that is unformed. Thoughts?

One thought on “Unformed Thoughts in the Pulpit

  1. The only way it could possibly bless the congregation to have a pastor “share” his uncertainty is that it will affirm that the pastor “doesn’t know everything” and that God has called all of us to study His Word, not just the pastor who would then trickle it down to us.
    I’ve sat under a few pastors who thought they knew it all, and I prefer one who admits they don’t, but are willing to seek God on the subject. My present pastor has even admitted that his 1st judgement on something was incorrect and formed by his circumstances instead of by God’s Word and prayer – it was refreshing!
    We do all desire (and deserve) a pastor who is grounded in God’s Word. And for their sakes, prayerfully they are. God seems to frown on “bad” or selfish shepherds (Ez 34).

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