Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Gospel Alliterated

Many preachers alliterate the main points of their sermon.  It is the sort of thing that is catchy and often easy to remember.  This method is not actually taught in a seminary preaching class, at least not in mine.  Alliterating sermon points may stem from our desire to appear clever or engaging.  Which can be helpful to hold the attention of our audience.  But this could also lead to an egotistical clown in the pulpit.  We need to guard against relying on our own abilities or drawing attention to ourselves and away from Christ and the gospel.

Here are a few key aspects of the gospel that contain a bit of an alliterated flow.  I understand this is not an exhaustive explanation of the good news.  But it seems to cover at least three vital points.  The alliteration provides a helpful tool when trying to recall these areas.

God is Righteous.  Man is Ruined and needs Repentance.  Jesus Christ is the only suitable Redeemer.

The simple truth is this: I'm not clever enough to actually formulate these thoughts on my own.  Just like I am unable, as a broken and filthy sinner, to come to God on my own.  I am so thankful and amazed at the mercy and grace of God!

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