This book provides practice guidelines around preaching. The first chapter focuses on the nature of the sermon (What is a sermon?). The author defines the sermon as the "official, ministerial, public proclamation, explanation, illustration and application of the Word of God written as it reveals Christ to the church and to the world."
Is your preaching balanced? Are there subjects you are not preaching about? This article argues that some of the more stern teachings of Scripture are being neglected.
The greatest tool God used in Calvin was his preaching. John Calvin knew the importance of this calling for God’s people. His preaching was systematic (preaching through every book of the Bible), personal (using language people could understand), theological (focusing on God's glory and holiness), and directed toward the church.
Preaching is powerful, and is a means of grace which God uses to draw you closer to Himself.
Have you ever thought about what it would mean for the church if there was no preaching? Put simply, there will be no one who believes in Christ. This article looks at the necessity of preaching, arguing that active faith in Christ is dependant upon it (Romans 10:13-15). Preaching is hearing God speaking to His people.
Jesus' preaching recorded in the book of John was centered around Himself. Jesus presented Himself as the bread of life, the light of the world, the door for the sheep, the good shepherd, the resurrection and life, the way, truth and life, and the true vine. Therefore, isn't this what we must also preach?
How should the minister view the congregation? How should the preacher address sin in the congregation? The author looks at the way Paul addresses the church, and what it means that the pastor is preaching to the church of Christ. He also looks at the place of the promises of God, faith and repentance in the preaching.
This article establishes that preaching is difficult work, and is not for just anyone. It presents seven key pitfalls that preachers need to avoid.
This article explains that preaching needs to be Word-centred, rather than focused on the preacher. It provides three considerations for building a Word-centred church.
As a preacher what should you do if your congregation struggles with your preaching? Cultivate humility, openness, gentleness, patience, and focus.
Sermon illustration can either draw people into the sermon or push them away. This article offers three mistakes that you need to avoid, and how to fix them.
2 Timothy 4:3 warns that God punishes his people sometimes by giving them what they want. If you want preaching that scratches your ears, you may get it. The article explains.
The article argues that what is lacking in preaching today is parresia, the courage to speak without fear of consequences.
This is the first article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. This article looks at the connection between preaching Christ and the gospel from the New Testament. Preaching that has authority is preaching that is Christ-centered. Preaching Christ is important for both believers and non-believers.
This is the fifth article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. Preaching the atonement of Christ should point people to the reality that God himself was responsible for the crucifixion. This was the way Christ was intended to die as our substitute. Christ's death provides reconciliation with God.
This is the eighth article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. The New Testament emphasizes the importance of preaching Christ from the Old Testament, since the Old Testament is written for the benefit of new covenant believers. The Old Testament speaks about Christ and is important for our salvation in Christ.
This article is the third in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. It shows that preaching which is not aided by the Spirit will fail. The work of the Holy Spirit is needed both by the preacher and the listeners. Effective and edifying preaching comes only as a result of the Spirit working in the preacher and the listener.
This article understands the sovereignty of God to mean that God has absolute authority over the whole created order, has the absolute ability to fulfill His desire, and is autonomous. Here the author appeals for the preaching of this sovereignty of God. The author also deals with objections to preaching the sovereignty of God in public and the challenge of open theism.
Should we only use biblical terms in order to stop heresy and promote sound doctrine? This article maintains that since words are a means of communicating ideas, and ministers are called to explain and preach the word of God, ministers should be free to use terminology that will help in understanding biblical doctrine.
Preaching Christ crucified, as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:23 and 1 Corinthians 2:2, is a statement full of paradox. This article discusses the meaning of Christ from the Old Testament and the meaning of crucifixion, showing the paradox in this statement. This paradox, however, is wonderful news for the saved.
The gospel is vanishing in God's church. Preaching and teaching has become shallower and lacks an urgent call to repentance. Nonchalant attitudes lead to false assurance of salvation. Pastors must remember that their contribution to the church either builds or breaks her. Recovering the gospel is essential to building the church of God.
Is simply preaching scripture sufficient for evangelism? This article reflects on expository preaching, showing that modern entertainment has made many preachers question the adequacy of scripture in spreading the gospel. The author shows that the strength of expository preaching lies in a firm belief of the sufficiency of scripture. The author also discusses application in preaching.
How can a congregation aid its pastor in preaching the Word of God more effectively? This article offers four considerations: pray regularly for the pastor, regularly read through and study the Word, read good theological, historical, and devotional books, and regularly gather around the Word.
In this essay, the author offers some lexical observations on the use of words like "preacher," "preaching," and "proclamation" in the New Testament. This article makes a distinction between a pastor of a local church and a preacher with a missionary calling. The use of these terms in the apostolic fathers is also noted.
Jesus' disciples themselves recognized that Christ's gospel of grace is a difficult message to preach (John 6:60). This message is difficult because it humbles man. However, we must not compromise this gospel message by reducing or modifying its message. Denying this message's offense to man, the role of God, or His sovereign grace is equal to preaching another gospel.
Just as in the days of Paul, people today still seek preaching that is based on the wisdom of this world. Ministers today are still tempted to compromise the message of the cross in their preaching.
This article looks into the question of preaching a sermon which is not yours; with modern technology, laziness in preparing sermons is becoming a serious temptation. Though preachers may want to use sermons of other individuals in their preparation, they should do it in such a way that their sermon remains theirs.
What is preaching and why is it so important? This paper considers the significance of preaching in its relationship with the Word of God. It indicates the importance of seeing Christ as the Word that God presents to the world. It also defines the relationship between God's Word and apostolic preaching. In the last section the article examines the relationship between the Word of God and contemporary preaching.
This article argues that the plan of God played a big role in the writings of Luke and thus in the book of Acts. The author argues that the "plan of God" forms the theological basis for what Luke understood as preaching. It was God who acted through the preaching of the apostles. The preaching of the disciples is a result of God working out his plan for the nations. The plan of God also determines the content of the preaching.
Our paradigms of reality determine how we process informational data. It determines what we make of it (to speak in everyday terms), for processing data is essentially a matter of fitting the bits into our overall frame of reference. In this way paradigms become the pathway to understanding - if the paradigm is a good one, or to misunderstanding if it is not.