I've finally got the audio from donna's sermon a few weeks ago on Amos (the links on the Cedar Ridge website appear to be broken, but hopefully they'll get them fixed). It's too bad no video was recorded that week: the pictures would help to give the whole picture of her dramatic portrayal of the prophet's message to Israel and Judah.
Rather than talk about what the book of Amos records, donna decided to use a storytelling approach to portray Amos' preaching directly (including some audience participation). She felt the right approach was to simply let Amos speak for himself (so to speak), rather than form applications for the listeners. It was really different from the ordinary "sit back and listen dispassionately to my explanation" style of sermon, and the feedback has been very positive.
This style reflects well the point of the Parable of the Soils in Mark 4. Though traditionally this has been known as the Parable of the Sower, the sower is practically incidental to the story. His only role is to distribute the seed broadly. After it leaves his hand, everything afterwards depends on two things:
- the power of life in the seed itself
- the quality of the soil it falls upon
We should be more willing to simply distribute the Word, and trust the Giver of Life to produce the harvest.
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