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“A house of prayer in the heart”: How homiletics nurtures the church’s spirituality

Thomas H. Troeger
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 4 | a399 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i4.399 | © 2006 Thomas H. Troeger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2006 | Published: 02 October 2006

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Thomas H. Troeger, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Prayer, whatever form it takes, represents a living relationship with God. In the article it is argued that the goal of preaching is the vitalizing, nurturing, enriching, deepening, broadening, and heightening of believers’ relationship with God. To participate in this dynamic divine/human relationship, is a form of spirituality. Therefore, if the sermon ends with prayer, it follows that the purpose of preaching is – at least in part – the nurture of spirituality.

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