Video: End With A Celebrative Challenge

How Do You End The Sermon When You Want To Have A Challenge?

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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6 comments on “Video: End With A Celebrative Challenge
  1. Bobby J. McPheron says:

    Thank you so much on the celebrative challange video
    The tips were explained very well and I am looking forward to more
    info. in the future .

  2. kweku sompa osei says:

    Thank you so much,I am definately much more educated after this video. God bless you for the good work you’re doing and may he cause you to prosper even more.

  3. Roger Abuloc says:

    I am glad to have seen and heard this video. All the more I am equipped and challenged to have a better sermon celebrative ending every time.Thank you so much.

  4. H.B. Charles Jr. says:

    I appreciate your thoughtful answer to this question. But I believe that there may be an inherent problem with the question. It assumes that every sermon must in a celebration.

    I disagree.

    As a student of exposition, I think the text should dictate the mood of the sermon – from beginning to end.

    And as a pastor, I believe that there are times when the sermon should lead to times of reflection and repentance and renewal, rather than celebration.

    I agree the sermon should end powerfully and climatically. But an undue emphasis on ending in a “celebration” (does this mean a “whoop”?) may hinder your pastoral responsibilities in weekly preaching and, worse, preempt the work of the Holy Spirit.

  5. Sherman Haywood Cox II says:

    Pastor Charles, thank you for your response…

    Perhaps every sermon does not have to end in celebration. However, I would argue that most sermons should. I would also argue that in many cases the “celebrative” content of even the ethical components of scripture are not given as much emphasis among many as there should be. In many cases, simple interpretation of the text shows a clear and distinct celebrative component. I admit that among some of us the “celebrative” component totally overshadows all other considerations till it is problematic as well.

    After saying that, I do agree wholeheartedly that the pastor has a much better vantage point from which to determine what is needed at any time in the congregation through purposeful sermonic planning.

    At any rate, I hope that this video helps to dispel the notion that it is not possible to celebrate sermons that have strong ethical content and challenges.

    Let me also say that no…the whoop is not synonymous with celebration…While most “Whoops” are celebrations, not all celebrations are whoops. At least in my thinking…

    Thanks for furthering our conversation by pushing back on the importance of the Holy Spirit and Pastoral Sermon Planning…

  6. John Carroll Travis says:

    I believe that one of the issues with always thinking about ending a sermon with a celebration is that for some preachers may skip over, or hurry over key points just to get to the “whoop.” Celebration is not just whooping! Sometimes the Holy Spirit says: There will be no whooping today! And we end the sermon/message quietly and meditatively.

    My point is this: Celebration is not the main emphasis, however, it can be a great asset!

    Thank you so much for this forum. I believe it is a vital asset for helping all of us understand the importance of being true to our calling as proclaimers of the Word.

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