Authenticity and Preaching
What is the role of authenticity in preaching? Should it equate to authority? Why or Why not? Here are 4 things preachers should keep in mind when discussing the term authenticity:
- The preacher is an important component of all homiletic views and thus who the
preacher is and how the preacher acts is important whether it is in terms of authority
- Preaching in a true-like fashion is important just as we preach truth. How important
it is depends on your assumptions of what preaching is and where authority resides.
- Style does affect the reception of the message. But we must be careful not to fall into
the trap of using style to appear authentic.
- The preacher’s authenticity can be a vehicle through which God speaks to the congregation.