Published On: Sun, Jun 5th, 2011

Editorial – Southern Gospel Concerts and The Preacher – Biscuits and Gravy

At many Southern Gospel concerts there is a time allotted for “the preacher.” Often the messages delivered are evangelistic in nature and I’ve attended many concerts that gave a more stirring and passionate presentation of the gospel than many churches I’ve attended. Some concert promoters frown on the use of “the preacher” and instead insist on an “entertainment only” event. Personally I enjoy the ” Innertainment” event! I love it when during a great presentation of the Gospel in song the opportunity for the Gospel Sermon to be preached is afforded. I enjoy it even more when an invitation to accept the Gospel Message is extended. People come to Christ according to the Bible “through the foolishness of preaching.” As much as I love a great song I thrill to a great message presented by a man who is compelled to bring forth the Word of the Lord to peoples heart that have been prepared for it by powerful and stirring songs. Some of the best events I’ve ever attended that included great Southern Gospel Music and Soul Stirring Preaching have been those put on by concert promoter Ray Flynn based out of Winston Salem, NC. Over the years I’ve attended dozens of concerts that Flynn was involved in and every one of them without fail involved as the centerpiece of the night a great message by a great preacher. One of his most recent events “Singing In The Sun” a multiple day event in Myrtle Beach, SC saw over 200 people accepting Christ. Without “the preacher” who knows what eternity held for those folks. Each of those men who preached no doubt poured their hearts into the preparation and delivery of those messages.

As sermon preparation and preaching has evolved from generation to generation, it has become more complex from creation to the final delivery. It has developed a technique and certain standards have gradually evolved. But the outstanding factor in it all is, as it always has been, the personality of the preacher. That is what makes the sermon so radically different from the essay or the scientific lecture. The writer’s personality is not apparent in the essay or poem. In the lecture it is the subject that dominates everything. But in the sermon the man speaking is so central and important that in a certain sense the sermon is the man. The sermon is truth passing through the preacher’s personal experience, interpreted by it and enforced by it. He injects his very being into all his statements. This is why the hearer so often may not be able to tell you so much in detail what they heard and even the text may be lost from their memory; but they are sure that on a certain occasion they saw a man who was so sure of a truth which he was compelled to impart that he spent his very self in making it clear. That my friend is real preaching! My guess is that was what they heard in Myrtle Beach, SC this year and what they will likely hear in Gatlinburg, Tn in a few months.

Southern Gospel Music and Preaching go together like Biscuits and Gravy. Each is good. But together they can change your life!! ( humor intended….. )

Charles Brady-Editor
www.sogospel.com

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