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Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners

Sunday Service Preaching in the Malagasy Lutheran Church

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Hans Austnaberg

Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners: Sunday Service Preaching in the Malagasy Lutheran Church explores the reaction of the congregation to Sunday preaching. Preaching has been a significant activity since the founding of the Lutheran Church in Madagascar in 1867. However, hardly any research has been carried out to explore this interesting field, particularly from the listeners’ perspective. This book is an attempt to remedy this situation.
With the aid of methodology from rhetorical studies, adapted into homiletics, this book investigates: How do the character of the preacher, the content of the sermon, and its emotional appeal impact the listeners in such a way that preaching becomes significant in their lives? Listeners consider the preacher himself important, both his spiritual and everyday life. They evaluate his good intentions, whether he believes in his own message, and whether his message is moulded by an encounter with the risen Lord. The Bible provides the sermon’s basic content and foundation, and The Holy Spirit is considered an active agent in the preaching event. The listeners encounter words from God through the sermon. They can experience change in their lives by listening to preaching from caring pastors who create presence for important issues for change to happen.
The Malagasy context and culture form the backcloth throughout the investigation, and this book specifically investigates Malagasy rhetoric, that is, the public speech tradition with regard to its possible role in increasing the impact of preaching on the listeners.

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Index of Biblical References 1 Samuel 12:15–19 200 Isaiah 32:1–8 45 51:9–16 51 Jeremiah 33:14–18 54 Matthew 7:17 152 17 47, 49, 78–79, 162 17:24–27 11, 46, 80 20 47–48, 162–165, 172 21 84–85 21:1–9 11, 55 22:15–22 45, 80 24:13 169 25 47–49, 78, 162–174 25:14–30 46 Mark 1:15 214 Luke 4:16–21 178 4:16–22 54, 154 10:16 179, 209 12:48 119 15:17 188 20:27–40 11, 51 24:13–31 193 24:32 193 John 1:14 182, 201 3:16 154 3:17–21 155 5:28 52 6:37–40 51 14:3 52 Acts 9:1–9 193 15:39 180 24:15 52 Romans 2:14–15 214 10:14 100 10:17 179, 215 12:3 121 13:1–7 45 13:11–14 54 15:20 178 1 Corinthians 1–4 155 1:17 178 1:18 156, 182 1:23 178, 182 2:1 215 2:3 215 2:4 182 2:4–5 215 4:9–13 156 238 Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners 2 Corinthians 4:2–3 209 4:7 180 5:1–10 51 9:13 152 Galatians 1:1 154 1:8 154 1:11–14 154 2:11–14 180 2:20 152 Philippians 2:12–16 200 4:1 200 4:...

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