The sermon vs. the Word of God
Here's an interesting question. What gets more attention when we gather to worship: the sermon or the Word of God?Even in churches that emphasize the public reading of Scripture, I suspect that the sermon is seen as the main event. We read Scripture to prepare for the sermon.What if it is meant to be the opposite? Imagine the reading of Scripture as the main event. The preaching, then, becomes commentary in service of the text. "We've read God's Word today," the preacher says. "This is what it could mean for our church community today. I don't want to give you my thoughts. I simply want to reflect on today's Scripture reading as it relates to us."I don't know that we're supposed to pit the sermon vs. the Word of God, but I suspect it's happening. Perhaps our preaching needs to take a more subservient role to the text. "This is the Word of God," the preacher might say. "I simply offer commentary on what it means for us."