Not sure this should go here, but since preaching is a big part of pastoral ministry... The New Testament book of Acts records from around 12 to 36 sermons – according to what you count as a sermon (e.g. is Acts 1:15-22 a sermon) and whether you count the mentions of sermons/preaching that do not record any of the content of the sermon. 1. What kinds of sermons are recorded in the New Testament? How many of them, if any, follow the pattern of our modern sermon types? 2. Did Jesus preach topical sermons, textual sermons, none of the above, some of the above, all or the above, or something else? 3. What kind of sermons did Peter, Paul or any of the disciples preach? 4. Does the command to "preach the word" mean any certain kind of sermon? 5. Is sermon "style" driven by a scriptural mandate, personal preference, education or something else? 6. To what extent do we follow the sermon examples of Jesus and the apostles, considering they spoke with a degree of inspiration and authority we do not have? 7. Were what we call sermons -- a single individual engaging in discourse or "lecture" to a crowd of people -- the basis of teaching and edification in the gathering of the church, or more for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to unevangelized peoples, or both, or neither?