February 4, 2024

“Does Preaching Make Any Difference?”

Jim Somerville

“You may not believe it, but those of us in the preaching profession sometimes wonder if it does any good.  We work at our sermons week after week…and when Sunday comes we stand in the pulpit with pounding hearts, say our piece, and then step down for the closing hymn wondering if it has made any difference at all,” begins Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday. In today’s passage from Mark 1:29-39, Jesus practices the ministry of healing. However, time spent in the wilderness reminds him that healing is not his only calling. Does preaching and teaching make a difference? Jesus sure seems to think it does!

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Note: This sermon was originally released as B11: the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B (2021).