Leading in Listening
Preaching is what God does in his constant work of self-revelation. The preacher's one advantage is a head start on all the other listeners. The preacher, then, leads the listeners to hear and respond to what they have already had the privilege to hear from God. Our preaching, then, will not be marked by arrogance, but by a sense of humbled confidence.
option three: the cross
Great preaching converges horizontal and vertical in the shape and interest of the cross. The arms of the cross mitigate the extremities and multiply the limitations of a disintegrated preaching. John 1:14 shows how Jesus offered us both word and flesh, grace and truth, in his cross-shaped ministry.
The cross is both our model and our means.
Guard Your Hearts and Minds
Philippians 4:7 emphasizes both the cognitive and the affective dimensions of our being. Christian living involves both thinking truthfully and feeling faithfully - the cultivation of both a disciplined mind and a devoted will. This is in the spirit of Jesus, who came to offer truth and grace. The cross offers both a forensic justification as well as a relational restoration.
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Jesus' Sermon on the Mount show how the objective and subjective elements of life are united in the Kingdom. Our lives in Christ calls us to integrate both spiritual worship and physical obedience, in the spirit of Jesus himself, who was both Word and flesh. The cross models this incarnational reality, making possible both our eternal salvation as well as the restoration of the created universe.
Elements and Compounds
The integrative model moves across a series of functional elements and material compounds.
The four functions of integrative preaching are engagement, instruction, conviction, and inspiration. The four materials of integration are problems, points, prayers, and pictures.
Torsion is produced as the elements and compounds coil around the cross-point, leading the listener in the trajectory of Jesus.
Word and Flesh, Truth and Grace
John 1 describes the integrative trajectory of Christ's incarnation. The one who comes after us will surpass us because he came before us. Integrative preaching pursues that same direction, personally and corporately, coil upon coil till the Kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven.