“How can a preacher generate hope among a people who have given up the possibility of seeing a better tomorrow?” I pondered upon this question when I wrote a major paper for my Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. My preaching project concluded that a sermon that is welcoming, gentle, and empowering can generate healing and hope in the hearts of people overwhelmed with hardships. The method of preaching that can bring about these experiences is a sermon in the form of a story. In the light of this conclusion I presented many of the sermons in this website as a story. I intentionally used the Narrative Preaching method because my goal is for pastors, and for others who read these sermons, not only to understand but to experience the Bible as a Good News.
My primary purpose in publishing these sermons is to assist Filipino pastors who may not have enough theological education and literatures to be able to prepare messages that are faithful to the Bible and relevant to their congregations. I have in mind particularly pastors who are serving poor and needy congregations in the Philippines. To achieve this purpose, the sermons which I composed in English were translated to three of the major dialects in the Philippines – Tagalog, Ilocano, and Cebuano. Under the guidance of some seasoned pastors, the final form of the translated sermons, had been adapted to the situations in the Philippines.
My secondary purpose in publishing these sermons is to share them to my fellow Filipino-American pastors who may need some insights in preparing their sermons. After serving as a pastor in the United States for almost two decades I observed the reluctance of many believers to allow the Word of God to take root in their hearts. May these sermons be instrumental in enabling pastors to unleash the power of the Gospel for the edification of Christ’s church.
I am the pastor of Community Evangelical Church and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church in the US. I received my training from Asian Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Th.M.), McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and am working on a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity.