My name is Tom; this is Simple Church Minute. Why are there sermons in church? Matthew 5, called the Sermon on the Mount, isn’t structured like a sermon, and covers way too many topics. In Acts 17, where Paul is speaking at Mars Hill, it is clear he was doing dialogue, not monologue. From Acts 20 verse 7 and other places, where we see someone doing something that looks like what we now call preaching, the Bible uses the word “spoke.” Some say Second Timothy 4 verse 2 connects preaching to speaking to the church, but that context isn’t clear. First Thessalonians 5 verse 11 tells believers to build up each other, which is nearly impossible when one person is designated to do monologue. Romans 12 and 15, First Corinthians 14, and Colossians 3 show worship involved every member, was conversational and impromptu. One can find out more about worship at www.simplechurch.com or locally at www.hrscn.org. You can call me at 757-735-3639.