Why do we listen to sermons? Where did sermons come from in the tradition of the church and how has preaching managed to hang in there across 2,000 years that have seen so much change in so many other areas of life and even in the church? Most Christians listen to a sermon every week. But what is a sermon? How does it relate to the Bible and how does the Holy Spirit work through so many sermons every Sunday? By looking at the history of preaching up to current-day practices, this book will provide insight into not only what a sermon is but what it should be and how those who listen to sermons can evaluate what they are hearing. Along the way the book also considers the nature of the Bible and its ability to continually surprise us as well as the mystery of preaching and how sometimes people hear wonderful messages in sermons that the preacher never said.