The Place of the Sermon In Our Worship
Welcome to the sermon page of Christ Church Kerrville. On this page you will be able to link with and listen to recent sermons from our worship services by clicking "Sermon View" above on the right.
The sermon is one portion of public worship at Christ Church Kerrville. While it is always our aim for the preaching to have wide application, it is directed specifically to the congregation here in Kerrville, addressing our lives and concerns as followers of Jesus Christ in this time and place.
We don't want to assume that everyone understands what preaching is (even those who have spent much time in church), so we feel a brief explanation of what we mean by preaching is warranted.
First of all, preaching is expository. That is to say, its aims is to both explain and apply the Word of God. The reason for this is because the entirety of the Bible is inspired, infallible, and profitable.To seek to apply without explanation would be to reduce that which is given for our eternal benefit to that which is immediate, practical, and self-focused. To seek to explain without application is merely to transfer information with no concern that the heart, the will, and affections be moved for the glory of God.
Secondly, preaching is worship. The preacher's task is to not merely to explain the truth that it might be applied, but to invite the listener into glorying in the gospel with him, that the good news of Jesus Christ would be adored, worshiped, to the end that the gospel would be not only received, but relished together.
For these reasons, preaching is central to our ministry. Its importance is conveyed in one of the most serious charges the Apostle Paul gave to his protegee Timothy: "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word." (I Tim. 4:1-2)
Because preaching is part integral to worship, it is important to emphasize that the sermon follows many other elements of worship: singing, confession of sins, a declaration of absolution, a collection, the reading of Scripture, and, on occasion, a baptism and/or the reception of new members. It always precedes our weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
All of these parts of worship are integral, necessary, and ideally, should not be separated. We’re particularly interested in not separating word from sacrament. It is our aim, in the preaching of God’s Word, to call for a response in receiving the Lord’s Supper, going out into all the world nourished and spurred on to glorify and enjoy God in all of life.
If you are not a part of Christ Church Kerrville, it is our hope that this sermon is of some benefit to you. It is also our hope that it motivates you to partake in a full worship service at a gospel-preaching church in your own community. If you are a member of the Kerrville community but not yet connected to a church home, we invite you to join us for all that God has on offer when we gather together for worship in His name.
Scripture: Mark 1:1–1:13
Scripture: Luke 2:1–2:20