Discipleship and Dialogical Preaching


Here’s an article I wrote for the Five Two Network on the new way I’ve been preaching using questions and dialogue to help disciple our people:
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I love preaching. I love talking about Jesus. I love digging up the truths of a certain text and laying it before the people, so that they might marvel at God and his goodness. I love holding the congregation’s attention, and drawing them into the Law and Gospel through a well-crafted message.

However, since we started a worship gathering for our church plant nearly a year and a half ago, my preaching has changed. I preach dialogically now because I believe it’s the best way for a sermon to contribute to the church’s task of making disciples.

While not a new concept, many haven’t heard of dialogical preaching before. Those who are familiar with the term probably have one of a half-dozen preaching techniques or supplements, used within or outside of the sermon time, that often claim the title, “dialogical.” So let me explain to you what I mean when I talk about this preaching method. I’m talking about asking a series of powerful questions interspersed throughout the message and allowing the congregation to answer them, and even ask their own questions, if they arise, during the sermon time.

The Process of Dialogical Preaching

My sermons are now incredibly simple. They consist of asking five questions* about the text or texts of the day to discover the central truths that will foster repentance, faith, and transformation in the hearer’s life.

These are the five questions:

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About Ted Torreson

I'm a Husband, Father, Pastor & Church planter

Posted on April 13, 2015, in Preaching Helps, Sharing the Gospel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Your church website includes a great number of stories. Are these, from time to time, presented in your main congregational meeting? I ask, because I am in the process of researching examples for a book—a book on how contemporary churches are incorporating opportunities for participation in their worship services. You have also written on dialogical preaching–another way to increase congregational participation.

    By way of background, I teach the theology of work for the Bakke Graduate University. Previous books include Serving Christ in the Workplace and Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work.

    If you would be willing to share ways in which The Exchange Community provides opportunity for congregational sharing in your central meeting, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you.

    Blessings,
    Larry

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