- If you preach a good sermon the church will grow (in numbers).
- Who you preach to is who will be in your congregation.
- The goal of preaching is to make the Bible relevant.
In other words...
The bottom line is, even if you only have ten people left, once we preach for formation, where God’s truth is birthed in and among us, we become shaped for His Mission in the world. We can see things we didn’t see before. We act out of assumptions we didn’t have before. We imagine what God is doing in ways not possible before. And the little congregation of “ten” becomes a powder-keg for Mission and the harvesting of fields ready for the gospel (the mission will grow!). Such preaching is essential to the missional community because it is the means by which the Spirit shapes a community into the reality of God, the Lordship of Christ and His Mission.
I hope I never preach a congregation down to ten people, but I do try to preach for formation. I thought this an interesting "pro-preaching" piece. Nice.