After preaching last Sunday I was given some feedback about the person I preach in. I've always preached in the second person as opposed to the second. I'm not sure where I've got this from, but I will say "You are sinful" against "We are sinful". I think in the context of preaching this is better, and in a bible study or one on one situation speaking in the 1st person is preferable. However, the criticism came because it was in the context of being sinful and identifying with Israel. Because I was saying "you are sinful, you are like Israel", it was suggested that it may be wiser to say 'we', as I too am sinful and like Israel. I don't agree, as I think it penetrates the listener's heart more effectively, and I'll just hope they don't think I'm claiming to be perfect.
Which do you do, and why?
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