The Bible uses stories (narrative) to reveal who God is, what God desires, how God acts, and how God wants humans to respond to him. Too often preachers ignore the narrative structure of the Bible. This article wants to encourage preaching that honours the narrative structure, content, and purpose of narrative texts.
This article gives thought to the question of sermon length. It first raises some possible reasons that congregational members may feel a sermon is too long. Then it weighs in on how long a sermon should be, and indicates that the better question is how well the preacher helps his hearers to behold God's glory.
What does a prayer for a sermon look like? There are five things you can pray for as you prepare to preach.
This article provides several benefits of preaching through whole books of the Bible (series preaching). Some of the reasons are: pastors are to preach the whole counsel of God, preaching through a book allows the minister and congregation to better absorb the purpose of God, and it gives a better understanding of a particular book and of biblical theology.
How do you write a sermon introduction that will grab the attention of those listening to your preaching? At times knowing how not to do it helps in knowing how to do it. By avoiding these ten mistakes you can work towards writing a sermon introduction that will draw attention.
How can a pastor make the first sentence of his sermon be effective? This article offers five laws that pertain to this question.
How do you make a good word study in sermon making? These can help to bring out the message of the text. This article, though, focuses on five common mistakes when pastors do word studies.
What makes for an effective sermon? This article suggests that the sermon's conclusion is important for an effective sermon.
What makes for an effective sermon? This article considers how to make use of effective transitions in preaching in order to keep your hearers engaged.
If you have a great exegetical insight, just how do you communicate it in preaching without losing your hearers' attention? This article suggests five ways.
It should be the desire of every preacher to make proper application of the text. What application should do is show from the passage the meaning for the congregation today. How does one achieve such an application? This is what this article answers.
What makes a good sermon? There are two aspects: it has limits and a focal point. The article expands on this.
This article discusses what does and does not qualify as plagiarism.
This article encourages the right handling of God's truth, such that preaching also appeals to the affections of the hearers after the preacher himself has been affected by the Word.
This article suggests that sermon preparation need not be an exclusive exercise. Preparing sermons requires some solitude, but exchanging ideas with other people face to face can also be a valuable part of sermon preparation.
What makes preaching earnest? This article offers four characteristics: know the text, feel the truth, love the people, and keep the sermon simple.
This article considers the mental and spiritual posture or disposition of the preacher as he approaches preaching. What kind of steps should one take in order to preach in a manner commensurate with the glory of the message he is bringing?
This article outlines one minister's sermon preparation process.
Preaching must be directed at a specific context. Preachers should be able to connect with their congregation and listeners. Helm emphasizes that contextualization in preaching is something different than trying to be “relevant.” This chapter address the problems that emerge when contextualization of the latter sort takes over the preacher when he is preparing his message.