What we need is to recover the Protestant belief in the sufficiency of Scripture and thus, commit ourselves to preaching expositionally.
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.
So why should you, pastor, share your pulpit?
We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "Why must preaching be expositional?"
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?
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?
Part three 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.
In order to preach the gospel fully, there must be a very clear description of the person of Christ.
We asked H.B. Charles: "What are some common rookie preaching mistakes?"
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?
While I think the regular diet of a congregation should be expositional preaching, I want to make a case for intermittent topical preaching . . .
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A sinner has a heart as well as a head; a sinner has emotions as well as thoughts; and we must appeal to both.
We ask Dr. Spencer Plumlee, "What are some non-negotiables for preaching?"
What are some common mistakes young or new preachers make in preaching?
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.