Preaching is Not Dialogue
Brethren, preaching is not a dialogue. It’s the proclamation of God’s whole counsel by a man called of God, set apart by the Church, more often than not to a people who want dialogue instead of submitting to God and pastoral authority. That’s preaching.
If you want dialogue, you need repentance.
Prove it from Scripture.
Joel is right. The Greek words for preaching/preacher are kerugma//kerux.
The lexical meaning for kerux is:
a herald or messenger vested with public authority, who conveyed the official messages of kings, magistrates, princes, military commanders, or who gave a public summons or demand, and performed various other duties. In the NT God’s ambassador, and the herald or proclaimer of the divine word.
kerugma: that which is proclaimed by a herald or public crier, a proclamation by herald in the NT the message or proclamation of the heralds of God or Christ.
Preaching is therefore a monologue.
I don’t think we can use a lexicon here to make a conclusion. Stating “Preaching is therefore a monologue,” based on a limited view of its meaning from a lexicon often results in word fallacies. We must go to the context of each of the word uses themselves and see how preaching was executed. When we do that, in all of these instances http://biblesuite.com/greek/2784.htm we see
• Active participation and interruptions by the audience were common.
• Prophets and priests spoke extemporaneously and out of a present burden, rather than from a set script.
• There is no indication that Old Testament prophets or priests gave regular speeches to God’s people. Instead, the nature of Old Testament preaching was sporadic, fluid, and open for audience participation. Preaching in the ancient synagogue followed a similar pattern.