If God has called you to be His preacher, never stoop to be a king of men.
Do not be discouraged at this daunting task, rather, be encouraged that we have such a tremendously deep and rich resource from which to draw.
If the emphasis of our preaching is on being more like Jesus and not on the good news of grace despite our not being able to be like Jesus, we end up actually achieving the opposite of our intent. We inadvertently become legalists, actually.
This short checklist reflects the irreduceable complexity of true Christian preaching.
So you keep going. Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. What’s the definition of insanity again?
Our hope is that God is incredibly generous with how much grace he dispenses and upon whom He dispenses it.
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A sinner has a heart as well as a head; a sinner has emotions as well as thoughts; and we must appeal to both.
There is no substitute for being present. There is no greater gift than helping another understand the Bible.
When you stand behind the sacred desk to preach, be a voice, not an echo.
Preachers, when you feel the subtle pull to draw attention to yourself, run to the cross and let yourself be humbled.
These are things you can do right away and they will bring immediate impact. As I look back on sermons that have seemed to have the most traction, they have most often been the ones when I have faithfully unfolded the passage, gotten out of the way, and let these 5 friends loose.
God created us to enjoy humor and it is a powerful tool in a preacher’s arsenal when used responsibly.
Whether a fly is in your face or a dove is on your shoulder, keep preaching and keep praying.
Pastor, you aren't ready to preach until you can state what your sermon is about in one, clear sentence.
I am fairly tech-savvy, but I'll be honest. I'm not a fan of texting. I do it, of course. It's become a common means to communicate for certain things, so I'm on it. But I don't have to like it. However, texting began to look different to me as my good friend, Matthew Molesky, started sending me what I call "sabbath texts."
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When Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that people still will come to hear preaching in our contemporary culture, he adds two qualifications . . .
Pastors, let your church know they should listen to your sermons with one ear to the pulpit and one ear to the heavens.
Preachers should engage in sermon preparation as whole persons, engaging every aspect of their being.
His identity was not connected with those to whom he was commissioned; rather, his identity was connected to the one who commissioned him.
When we hold the good news of Jesus Christ in our hands, we should never bore someone with our words.
Preacher, show your church the wonder. Preach like a painter. Take your tools and your technique and bend them to the cause of Christ.
No Sunday church gathering consists of believers alone. Yet, for most pastors of established churches, our tendency is to preach to the same people each week.
As a church plant begins to mature, the church planter should preach less by sharing the pulpit more.
When I am inclined to be frustrated when someone is just not “getting it," I am reminded of Jesus’ gracious and patient teaching by way of reminder among the disciples.
Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.
Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits.
One deficiency in much contemporary preaching is the failure to proceed with an understanding that we preach as sufferers, to sufferers.
What does this equipping look like in practice?
If one desires to preach the whole counsel of God, proper interpretation is of paramount importance.
May our goal be to produce a congregation full of hot hearts ready to change the world for God who completely rest in the work of Christ.
When we preach in our own strength, it is easy to come off like a boy band in a self-focused, over-choreographed performance. But if we pretend to have it all together, we rob our people of the comfort of the gospel.
Does your preaching simply mention Jesus, or does it portray him?
If I’m being honest, I feel that I have to hit a home run or I have wasted everyone’s time that week. Does the pastor prepare his sermon so that it’s a base hit or do you swing for the fences every week?
The almost universal assumption is that no one has difficulty preaching Christ from the New Testament, especially from the Gospels. But just because your sermon mentions Christ doesn't mean you're preaching Christ.
I was twelve or thirteen, and my dad, who is a pastor, gave me the opportunity to preach a five-minute sermon (what was he thinking?). I selected Judges 3:12-30 as my text and delivered a sermon on Ehud and Eglon that I had titled “When Lefty Stabbed Fatty."
As preachers proclaim the gospel, they are engaging the enemy. They are mounting an assault on Satan's kingdom.
Only an "in-person" preacher can bear the burdens of the congregation, weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.
My conversation on preaching with Tony Merida and Brandon Smith.
Why do some guys walk to the pulpit and from first word to last seems to be clicking, dripping with passion, demonstrable brokenness, and a visible burden for their people to ‘get it’? While others are able to deliver a biblically faithful message but seem to lack that extra ‘something’ that makes a good sermon different?
Only when the heart is addressed do people find Christ more glorious, satisfying, and beautiful than whatever else they are grasping onto.
We are to make indentions, impressions, dents, whatever, upon the mind and heart by preaching the Word of God.
Discipline yourself not to feel the need to overwhelm in every sermon. It’s difficult to do, but we must get over the temptation to feed God’s people everything we have each week.
We are involved in cosmic battle, attempting to capture the hearts of men and women for Christ.
It isn’t wise to go about moving fences unless you realize why that fence was there in the first place.
If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last, certainly the last that any Christian ought to go to hear him preach.
To be free from self-reflection and consumed with the glory of the preaching moment is a gift of God.
Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.
If your church is blessed to have another guy or two gifted by God to preach, I encourage you to share the pulpit. It'll be good for you and good for your church.
Simply put, a sermon’s authority is derived from Holy Scripture’s authority.