What we need is to recover the Protestant belief in the sufficiency of Scripture and thus, commit ourselves to preaching expositionally.
A shallow understanding of the gospel produces a shallow Christian.
If we were merely flawed people, then the cross would have been an extreme overcorrection.
We do not have editorial authority over the message.
Inviting critique and feedback of your sermon from a group of trusted voices could help bring clarity to the way you communicate the gospel.
Maybe the main reason your preaching is subpar is because your expectations are subpar.
Preaching is the pastor's indispensable task, his most paramount duty, and his most consequential and urgent job assignment. For the pastor, preaching is priority number one.
So why should you, pastor, share your pulpit?
Legalistic, moralistic preaching exacerbates sin rather than killing it.
The ministry of preaching cannot be divorced from the ministry of soul care; in fact, preaching is actually an extension of soul care. There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.
I want my appearance, demeanor, and conduct to show I am on kingdom business.
If we know this is God’s plan for us and we are going to spend countless hours doing it, why wouldn’t we want to get really good at it?
A conviction worth holding is a conviction worth defending and advocating.
My fears are real. They can’t be ignored, denied, or spiritualized into something they’re not. But for me, they can camouflage a deeper reality.
If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?
If you’re called to preach, you leave it all in the pulpit.
The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible
A reader writes to say, "I recently found out that my senior pastor’s sermons are mostly plagiarized. And he doesn’t cite anything or anyone, but acts as if it is all his own. What should I do?"
Abundant religious activity cannot mask a rebellious heart at the last day.
In the world of preaching, much preaching masquerades as “expositional” preaching that isn’t actually expositional. There is much preaching about the Bible, but is that the only benchmark for a sermon to be considered expositional?
Part two of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?
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Part one of a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher?
Preacher, give fervent and persistent attention to your life outside of preaching. It is not enough to simply preach good doctrine - your people need to see consistent demonstration, not just hear good explanation.
We are aiming for awe of God.
The preacher does not preach from the text or on the text, he preaches the text—thus limiting the sermon’s application to the point of the passage preached.
What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness?
Fifteen myths about expository preaching that should be exposed to help the preacher rightly understand and faithfully practice expository preaching.
In order to preach the gospel fully, there must be a very clear description of the person of Christ.
A sophisticated church is a contradiction in terms. We are the non-nobles of a crucified Messiah. The same choice Paul faced is before every preacher today. Are you willing to be a fool for Christ’s sake?
We are a people who want to walk through and consider every verse of Scripture.
God uses most effectively preachers who are given over to the task of proclaiming the word of God with their whole person—holding nothing back.
While I think the regular diet of a congregation should be expositional preaching, I want to make a case for intermittent topical preaching . . .
My church won’t remember everything I say but they will remember what I repeatedly talk about.
If you are only taking notes during the sermon because you feel you must, because you treat the sermon like a lecture or "lesson," I would encourage you to reconsider.
Week after week, I dedicate my time and attention to a specific portion of God's Word to feed Jesus's flock on Sunday morning.
Over against the society enamored with spectacle, the church has been given something completely different.
The art of preaching the gospel falls not only within the category of Instruction but also Exultation.
Yes, the world's a ship on its passage out . . .
My question is, even though we may be gospel-centered, are we still asking people to come to Christ?
If you are privileged enough to proclaim God’s word in front of the church and don’t feel the weight of it, then you don’t understand what God has called you to do.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians assumes their great diversity, which comes to us in the form of his use of pronouns.
When the pulpit isn’t held in high regard, sheep become malnourished by fast-food style preaching that contains little nutritional value.
Through years of trial and error, I have come to follow these five keys to taking notes during a sermon.
The first heart that the preached Word must affect in your gospel-centered community is yours.
When you stand before God’s people with Bible in hand, "the tide goes out." It is in those moments, when you attempt to speak on behalf of God, that all will see the veracity of your calling.
Preacher, be thankful: Jesus doesn’t love you to the degree you gain the nod of the masses.
Same methods, different results. What gives?
Preaching flows from the heart of a man who has seen great things in the Bible, has savored what he has seen, and stands before a people to tell them what he saw