The Christian Post enlightens us as to some of Perry Noble's advice to the viewers of this event:
NewSpring Church Pastor Perry Noble advised the thousands of pastors watching online to begin with the Word of God and not a VH1 video or popular song.
"Let the text, the Bible drive the sermon. Don't say I saw a video on VH1 and I want to establish a sermon around that," the South Carolina megachurch pastor exhorted. "The Word of God has to be where it starts. I'm so passionate about that." (Online Source)Um...has Perry Noble forgotten about Easter 2009?
Well, it was nearly three years ago, so perhaps it slipped his mind. But what about the Spring of 2011, when Newspring Church featured Katy Perry's then-hit single "Firework" in the Sunday service?
Glad to see that popular songs aren't driving the services there at Newspring. The Christian Post article continues:
Noble, whose church is getting ready to launch its eighth campus, said nearly every idea that he has preached on for the past five years came out of his quiet time. He made it clear, however, that his quiet time with the Lord is not sermon prep time.
"But while I'm reading the Bible to try my best to hear the voice of God, if something pops in my mind, I write it down," he explained.
We certainly hope that Noble is not listening for an audible voice from God, however, it's difficult to imagine that a careful study of Scripture would lead one to use the above two songs in a Sunday worship service. But then, Noble has previously explained what led him to the decision to play "Highway to Hell" for the Easter Sunday service, and he does seem to claim that the idea came from God.
"A preacher preaches best when he preaches out of the overflow of his heart. I really want to try my best to communicate that idea that God set my heart on fire with." (Online Source)
So which is it? Is Perry Noble preaching from the Word of God, or from an "idea that God set [his] heart on fire with?" One is clear, God-breathed Scripture, while the other seems to be an emotionally driven whim. So what does Perry Noble's track record indicate? Is he really allowing the biblical text to drive the sermon, as he described to the online viewers of the Preach Better Sermons event?
Well, it wasn't too long ago that we heard Perry Noble preach Matthew 6:33 as a text that commands tithing. So, even if he is opening a Bible on the stage each week, it appears that Noble is still in need of a refresher course in biblical hermeneutics and exegesis.
It seems, then, that Perry Noble knows the right thing to say when discussing what a pastor should do. Unfortunately, it appears that he at times has difficulty practicing what he preaches (pardon the pun). Nevertheless, we certainly hope that Perry Noble will begin to heed his own advice. How nice it would be if those soon-to-be eight campuses of Newspring Church would begin to hear the clear, un-compromised Word of God preached each week rather than merely having their itching ears scratched.
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