QUESTIONS: What’s the Goal of Preaching?

What’s the goal of preaching? Is it to teach, to inform, to cause people to repent and turn to God? How central was the sermon in the early church? Was it for the believer or unbeliever? And, more than who it’s for and what the content is about, I think the how is very important. Is the “speech” the best way to communicate theology? Most preachers spend about 10-18 hours a week on sermon preparation. Is the goal of the sermon, of which I think the belief is information for transformation, being met? In other words, is the sermon – the preaching to the congregation – changing lives? I’m just wondering, are there other, better, more effective ways at training a congregation to become followers of Jesus?


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