Mark Driscoll believes that God created the world with a sermon when in Genesis “God said” ten times. Satan also preached to Adam and Eve in the temptation and has ever since preached through false prophets, such as Oprah Winfrey. Driscoll does not mention Joel Osteen’s false preaching in this chapter but he has in other places such as the YouTube I included.
Jesus public ministry was characterized by preaching. The book of Acts records the preaching of the apostles. The only chapters in Acts that do not contain preaching are the chapters where the apostles are in prison for preaching.
Driscoll quotes Rick Warren on how preachers today are to respond to criticism. I will mention only one of the four suggestions.
1) Turn your critics into coaches by hearing what they are saying and humbly considering if there is any truth to their criticism.
Driscoll points out that not only are preachers criticized today, but preaching itself. He quotes George Barna who said in his book Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2008) that Christians borrowed the idea of weekly church meetings with a preached sermon from pagan stoicism. Driscoll properly refutes this view with the example of the early church in Acts.
Driscoll also quotes Shane Hipps who wrote that “A number of emerging church worship services involve little more than a meal and music—no sermon at all” (“Visualcy: But I Now I See,” Leadership, Summer 2007, 22). See the interview between Hipps and Rob Bell in the YouTube below. Rob Bell speaks about subversive preaching in this Leadership interview. Bell has not only changed the method of preaching but the message. The priority of preaching was seen when the very first ministry of the newly birthed church in Acts 2 was a sermon by Peter. God was making a statement: Preaching is important.
Driscoll explains the three methods of preaching: Expository, Textual, and Topical. He also discusses biblical narrative sermons, sermons based on narratives in Scripture, and unbiblical narrative sermons which are just stories with very little of God’s authoritative Word. Driscoll says he prefers and most often preaches expository sermons.