PART TWO: CONSECRATION AND ASSENT
Sermon and Text
We should remember that the entire worship service is sermonic, not just the sermon. We read, sing, pray, and recite the word of God from the opening of the service to the very end. The sermon is very important, but it is not the all-important event. It is one important part of many other important parts of worship.
A sermon ought to be the time when Christ personally speaks to His bride through the ordained minister: "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-13). We sit down and listen to our Husband speak to us through His appointed representative: "That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word" (Eph. 5:26).
The minister has studied and prepared his sermon so as to instruct God's people (2 Tim. 2:15). This means that the sermon is not primarily evangelistic, at least not in the narrow sense. Anytime the word of God is being preach, the gospel (i.e. the "good news") is being declared; "…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you" (Matt. 28:20). The sermon is the time when the minister ought to explain the word of God and bring it to bear upon the life of the congregation. It is time for the people of God to be instructed from the Bible and to be exhorted by it. The goal of the sermon is to point to Christ; Who He is and what He has done.