Blog Entries on Preaching

Aug 19, 2016

Pastor, Preach in High Definition by Ronjour Locke

Just as higher resolutions produce a clearer view of the world, so more focused attention on our God will produce a clearer worldview. 

Jun 27, 2018

Pastor, Preach Hypocritical Sermons by Kris Sinclair

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.

Feb 13, 2017

Pastor, Keep A Close Watch On Your Life and Illustrations by Jared C. Wilson

You shouldn't trust your illustration to do what only God's word can.

Jun 8, 2015

On Preaching and Public Invitations by Jason K. Allen

Should the sermon conclude with an invitation?

Jun 11, 2015

Letting the Bible Speak

Why Expository Preaching?

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.

Oct 3, 2019

Letters to My Students: A Book Review by Drake Osborn

Series: Book Reviews

The call of Paul to Timothy is simple: preach the Word. Letters to My Students takes this simple charge at face value.

Nov 27, 2018

Learning to Preach from the Reformers by Joel Beeke

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.

May 14, 2015

Keep Preaching the Gospel, Doofus by J.A. Medders

When I’m prepping my sermons, I’ll write at the top of my notes, “Don’t forget the gospel, Doofus.”

Jul 2, 2015

It Takes a Hard Forehead and a Heavy Heart to Preach by Derek Rishmawy

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.

Apr 22, 2015

I Preached a Dud. Now What? by J.A. Medders

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?

May 4, 2017

In Their Steps

Learning from Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Learn from the past, while running to Jesus.

Aug 11, 2015

Indicatives and Imperatives

Preaching Biblical Commands without Preaching Moralism

How do we preach the imperatives of Scripture without falling into moralistic preaching?

Jun 14, 2015

I'm Not Nervous (and That's Not Bad) by Adam McClendon

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.

Jul 28, 2016

Illustrating the Truth by Adam McClendon

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.

Jul 7, 2015

How Your Preaching Might Increase Sin in Your Church by Jared C. Wilson

I fear we vastly underestimate the spiritual damage inflicted on our churches by "How To" sermons without an explicit gospel connection.

Aug 21, 2015

How To Preach Like Peter by Jared Bumpers

Preachers today should seek to emulate Peter by exalting Christ in their sermons.

Jul 1, 2015

How To Make Jesus The Hero Of Every Sermon by Andrew Hebert

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?

Jun 3, 2016

How to Know You're Really Preaching the Gospel by Dave Harvey

When we’re really preaching the gospel, both to ourselves and to others, it sets us free.

Feb 25, 2016

How to Give Your Pastor Sermon Feedback (and How Not To) by Erik Raymond

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.

Dec 16, 2015

How To Evaluate Your Pastor's Sermons by Keith Collier

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.

Jan 6, 2016

How Sporadic Church Attendance Affects Preaching by Scott Slayton

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.

Dec 30, 2016

How Long Should it Take Me to Prepare a Sermon? by Dave Harvey

It’s like the lad who asks the seasoned fisherman, “How long does it take to catch a fish each week?”

Jul 26, 2019

How Expository Preaching Should Engage Cultural Concerns (Part II) by Jason K. Allen

Though we cannot improve upon the Bible’s relevancy... perhaps we can make our sermons a touch more relevant.

Jan 16, 2019

How Expository Preaching Should Engage Cultural Concerns (Part I) by Jason K. Allen

As the preacher exegetes his text and his times, he sees how the two intersect, or do not intersect with his congregation.

Aug 4, 2016

How Expository Preaching is Therapeutic by Chad Ashby

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.

Dec 23, 2015

How Do You Know if a Sermon is Expository? by Jason K. Allen

“Preaching the word” is marked by these three essentials . . .

Aug 16, 2015

Holy Spirit-Less Preaching? by Jason Corn

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.

Jun 29, 2018

Him We Proclaim: Heeding Spurgeon’s Call to Preach Jesus from the Entire Bible by Jason K. Allen

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. 

Oct 1, 2018

For The Church 2018 Sessions

All FTC18 Plenary Sessions Now Available

by Staff

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Watch all 6 sermons from FTC18. 

Oct 24, 2018

Faithful Preaching According to 2 Chronicles by Cale Fauver

Faithful preaching finds soul-satisfaction in the heralding of the gospel and in nothing less. 

Nov 30, 2016

Eyes to See by Greg Spires

Countless angels long to look into the gospel, and God provides them the opportunity through His church. 

Apr 27, 2015

Expositional Preaching: Good Stuff vs. God Stuff by Andrew Hebert

Expositional preaching benefits the church because it elevates the Word of God and minimizes the opinions of the preacher.

Feb 16, 2017

Expositional Imposters by Mike Gilbart-Smith

Seven pitfalls to avoid when preaching expositional sermons.

Jul 7, 2016

Every Sermon is the Opportunity of a Lifetime by Joel Littlefield

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.

Jun 22, 2015

Even the Best Sermon Cannot Do Any Good Without a Savour of Christ In It by Charles Spurgeon

"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."

Jan 29

Eight Tips for Veteran Preachers by Jason K. Allen

Whether you are a beginner preacher or veteran one, cultivate a sense of dependence on Christ.

Apr 5, 2017

Do You Invite Critique of Your Sermons? by Erik Raymond

As pastors, should care more about getting the Bible right than simply feeling like we’re right. 

Nov 25, 2016

Do You Get Nervous Before You Preach? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

This divine charge should make you nervous to speak the word faithfully, clearly, and unapologetically.

Mar 25, 2019

Don’t Preach Microwaved Leftover Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

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.

Aug 15, 2018

Deep Work for Pastors: 6 Keys for Better Sermon Preparation by Jason K. Allen

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.

Mar 16, 2018

Crafting Expository Sermons by H.B. Charles, Jr.

True expository preaching strives to be faithful to the text and clear in the presentation. 

Sep 11, 2015

Christian, Do Not Stop Preaching Sin by Jake Rainwater

Christian, do not stop preaching sin, because sin is what makes the gospel beautiful.

Jul 27, 2016

Before You Preach by Joe Thorn

We need tools to help us, but we need the Holy Spirit to illumine, convict, and empower.

Dec 7, 2016

Be a Man and Preach! by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Little did I know that brief conversation would be the last time I get to talk to my father in this life.

Apr 25, 2015

As One with Authority

On Fred Craddock and Authoritative Preaching

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.

Oct 11, 2016

Andrew Fuller’s Awful Place by Joe Garner III

Pastors face so many temptations within their ministries. Few, however, are more unsuspecting and insidious as complacency.

Nov 15, 2019

A Healthy Itinerant Ministry by Edward Romine

Nothing is more cringe-worthy than a guest preacher who takes a pulpit only to make himself famous. 

Apr 19, 2019

A Good Friday Admonition from Andrew Fuller

Preach Christ Crucified

by Staff

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.

Jun 22, 2018

Advice for Preaching Funeral Sermons by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The funeral is not your Sunday morning exposition. It is a unique situation in which you have been given a special assignment.