The Sermon is a Worship Song of Its Own


Jared Wilson:

In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.
In that day, “A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!” 
– Isaiah 27:1-2

The art of preaching the gospel falls not only within the category of Instruction but also Exultation. Worship in a “worship service” does not stop when the music is over; it continues in the sermon. The sermon is a music of its own. No matter the text, no matter the topic, the tune is the joyous anthem of God’s slaying the dragon, a redemption song.

The Bible is about God; beginning to end, it is the ballad of God’s exploits in vanquishing evil and restoring shalom through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Preaching rehearses this song. Each Sunday: Once more, with feeling!

Jesus is restoring all things. “A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!”



I am currently serving churches and colleges as a bible teacher, overseas and in the UK.

One thought on “The Sermon is a Worship Song of Its Own

  1. Isn’t this piece somewhat a generalisation?

    Sermons can vary so much
    In content and delivery:
    Some inspiring worship,
    Some leaving the listener
    Glorying in refreshing truth,
    But some are depressing
    Leaving the hearer condemned
    Or even crushed.

    If preachers aim to glorify God,
    Explain the meaning of a text,
    Give exposition of a theme
    To encourage, to challenge, to teach,
    To build faith and
    Then help hearers apply
    The Bible to daily life…
    Then there is a pleasant vineyard
    Or redemption song,

    But if the pulpit
    Becomes a platform,
    To boast of learning,
    To massage preachers’ pride,
    To harangue a captive audience,
    To manipulate emotions…

    Then worshipped ceased
    Before the sermon,
    And begins on leaving
    The church building.

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