Why Do We Listen to Sermons? | Why Do We Do That Pt. 2 (September 3, 2017)
Why do we preach sermons in worship? Why is it an essential part of our worship? Why is it so important that we open up the Bible and someone talks for a couple minutes – in some churches hours – each Sunday? What is in the act of preaching and listening to sermons that we cannot get in any other act of worship? What is it about the SPOKEN WORD, what is IN the SPOKEN WORD that we cannot find in other acts of worship? Pastor James explores scientific and scriptural evidence to argue the following:
WORDS ARE POWERFUL. Specifically,
1. Words have the power to change
2. Words have the power to make things real
3. Words have the power to carry grace
Genesis 1:1-3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
1 In the beginning when God created[a] the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[b] swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Romans 10:8-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 But what does it say?
“The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart”
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.