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What are black church sermons like?

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Black church sermons are typically highly energetic, focusing on God's work in daily life and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Sermons can blend with singing and dancing as congregants are "moved by the Spirit" and are less formal than those of traditional white churches.

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Sermons in African-American Episcopal, Methodist and Baptist churches are often centered around fiery rhetoric and intense emotion. Pastors in the black church traditionally employ repetitive call and response to involve the congregation in the service, bringing them deeper into a state of worship by increasing the tempo. The message of the sermon often centers around Jesus' role as liberator and the justice that will be served to those seen as oppressors when He returns for the final judgement.

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