Just as higher resolutions produce a clearer view of the world, so more focused attention on our God will produce a clearer worldview.
We’re not called to model perfection for our churches, our sole responsibility is to shine the spotlight on the only One who ever was perfect.
You shouldn't trust your illustration to do what only God's word can.
If everything is exciting, nothing is.
Should the sermon conclude with an invitation?
The power of an effective pulpit ministry is not determined by the rhetorical ability with which one preaches. Nor is it authenticated by the size of the congregation to which one speaks. The power of an effective ministry is determined by the faithfulness with which one seeks clearly, consistently, and courageously to proclaim the whole counsel of God.
The call of Paul to Timothy is simple: preach the Word. Letters to My Students takes this simple charge at face value.
Just as the gospel of justification by faith in Christ alone was the central message of the Reformation, so the preaching of the Word was central to the work of the Reformers.
When I’m prepping my sermons, I’ll write at the top of my notes, “Don’t forget the gospel, Doofus.”
In moments of weakness I want to turn aside from saying what I need to say and console myself with the thought that, in the grand scheme of things, my words won’t really make that great a difference. The bracing truth is that this is a lie that our people can’t afford for us to believe.
You just stepped down from the stage and you know it. Your wife knows it too. You preached a dud. At least you think you did. And probably a number of people in the church thought so as well. What now?
Learn from the past, while running to Jesus.
How do we preach the imperatives of Scripture without falling into moralistic preaching?
I regularly hear conference speakers claim that if someone isn’t nervous before they stand up to declare the words of God then something is wrong. I'm not sure this is right.
illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.
I fear we vastly underestimate the spiritual damage inflicted on our churches by "How To" sermons without an explicit gospel connection.
Preachers today should seek to emulate Peter by exalting Christ in their sermons.
Practically speaking, what does it look like to preach a text and point people to Jesus while faithfully handling the authorial intent of the text itself?
When we’re really preaching the gospel, both to ourselves and to others, it sets us free.
We spend hours each week reading, meditating on, and praying through our text. We have a few days to become intimately acquainted with it. We strive to learn all of its nuances, textures, hues, and beauty. And then after we preach, we usually don't hear much from anybody about any of it.
Unfamiliar with the search process, this dear sister asked if, after examining all of the resumes, we would whittle the number of candidates down to two and have them come in to participate in some kind of “Preach Off.” Then and only then would the members vote for the one they liked best.
The average churchgoer attends worship less than they did ten years ago. Since the Bible calls us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, we must think strategically about how we preach in this climate of non-commitment.
It’s like the lad who asks the seasoned fisherman, “How long does it take to catch a fish each week?”
Though we cannot improve upon the Bible’s relevancy... perhaps we can make our sermons a touch more relevant.
As the preacher exegetes his text and his times, he sees how the two intersect, or do not intersect with his congregation.
Expository preaching frees us up to trust God as we deliver His Word to His people. We're given permission to relish His Word and we're unfettered from the urgent as we preach through the Bible verse by verse.
“Preaching the word” is marked by these three essentials . . .
Unfortunately, there are pastors who rarely depend on the Holy Spirit for anything sermon related. Instead, they rely on rhetorical ability or are more concerned with relevance.
This call is not merely a nudge toward a more polished homiletical delivery; rather it comes with the weighty knowledge that the message of a crucified and risen Christ alone saves.
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Faithful preaching finds soul-satisfaction in the heralding of the gospel and in nothing less.
Countless angels long to look into the gospel, and God provides them the opportunity through His church.
Expositional preaching benefits the church because it elevates the Word of God and minimizes the opinions of the preacher.
Seven pitfalls to avoid when preaching expositional sermons.
Preachers, learn to see every sermon as an opportunity of a lifetime - an opportunity to bring change where it matters most, change in the heart of people for whom Christ died and now lives.
"I will go over hedge and ditch but I would get at my Master, for the sermon cannot do any good unless there is a savour of Christ in it."
Whether you are a beginner preacher or veteran one, cultivate a sense of dependence on Christ.
As pastors, should care more about getting the Bible right than simply feeling like we’re right.
This divine charge should make you nervous to speak the word faithfully, clearly, and unapologetically.
I know more than a few pastors—and overhear many more besides—who cite the busyness of their ministry lives as the reason sermon preparation gets crowded out week to week.
Given the neediness of the church, the cultural pressures we face, and the general social upheaval of our times, how we preach has never been more important.
True expository preaching strives to be faithful to the text and clear in the presentation.
Christian, do not stop preaching sin, because sin is what makes the gospel beautiful.
We need tools to help us, but we need the Holy Spirit to illumine, convict, and empower.
Little did I know that brief conversation would be the last time I get to talk to my father in this life.
The modern mind may well be adverse to authority and disinclined to trust the “sage on the stage.” Nonetheless, where there is no authority, there is no true preaching.
Pastors face so many temptations within their ministries. Few, however, are more unsuspecting and insidious as complacency.
Nothing is more cringe-worthy than a guest preacher who takes a pulpit only to make himself famous.
On this Good Friday, consider these words from one of church history's greatest Baptist theologians on the apostolic preaching of the cross of Christ.
The funeral is not your Sunday morning exposition. It is a unique situation in which you have been given a special assignment.