In my seminary it is traditional for students to preach once at a college chapel, usually during their final year, and that sermon is supposed to be expository.
But as a full time post-graduate student, I get a second shot! So I've been pondering what I might preach on, and my thoughts have led me to consider a difficult question: how do you preach abstract doctrine?
And what I mean by abstract doctrine is that there are some teachings of the scriptures that are more about the very nature of God or the meta-grammar of theology. So, for example, I was contemplating attempting to preach on one of these:
- the doctrine of Simplicity
- the doctrine of Incomprehensibility
- the suffering of the Impassible Son
Expository preaching I know how to do. Even doctrinal preaching I can manage, especially when there are some texts that bear directly on the doctrine. These? I'm not sure how one tackles them in a homilectical setting.
Open to suggestions!