Preaching Denominational Distinctives

“I need to preach a sermon about my denominational distinctives…how am I supposed to get good news out of doctrinal preaching?” Someone asked.

If you can’t get good news out of your denominational distinctives…then I gotta wonder about those teachings.

Let’s see…say you are Pentecostal…

…but some say you are speaking the language of heaven when you speak in unknown tongues…

So you saying that God can hear even our grumblings. God can hear us even when we can’t understand what is being said. God can take our speaking in the language of heaven and use it for God’s glory…

If you Pentecostal, there may be good news there…

You say you are a Baptist and it is time to talk about baptism by immersion. What is immersion but a representation of the total death burial and resurrection. That’s why you Baptists do it by immersion. God has found a way for us to die and yet live. God has found a way for us to die to the old life…Immersion shows that death…ain’t that good news?

You say you are a Wesleyan Methodist and you believe that God can take a no good dirty scoundrel and perfect him in the second blessing in the Wesleyan tradition? Doesn’t that sound like good news?

You say you are a Seventh-day Adventist…you say that Sabbath is a 24 hour period of complete separation from secular concerns so that you can take part in the timetable of heaven. You get to have a bit of heaven right here and right now…Ant that good news?

You say you are a Evangelical and you gotta talk about justification by faith. Lawd…if that ain’t good news what is? We are saved not by what we do, but by what God did.

Hmmm…and you are asking me how to find something to celebrate?

You got good news in your denominational distinctives…pull out the good news. I say if you ain’t got good news in your sermon…then you need to go back to the source material and look again…

Look at the Bible again…

Look at your beliefs again…

I bet you it is in there….

I want you to reply to this email. You…reply to this email and give me a denominational distinctive that you want to see me get some good news out of it. Give me the distinctive and a short description of what it is…and in future emails I will demonstrate celebrating them…

Till tomorrow…Keep looking up…

Brother Sherman

P.S. – my homiletic



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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Proper 14 (February 26, 2017)
  • OT: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
  • Psalm: Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
  • Epistle: Romans 10:5-15
  • Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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