This article offers seven fundamentals to preaching faithfully, including the following: preach expositional sermons, preach the whole counsel of God, preach to yourself, and preach Christ.
This article considers the question regarding the length of a sermon by emphasizing the preparedness of the preacher. His sermon must be full of biblical substance, he must consider how to adorn the gospel with thought-provoking delivery, he must weave application into explanation, and develop audience awareness.
This article offers seven valuable points for those who are beginning to preach.
Should a pastor use the second person pronoun in his preaching? This article lists three reasons in support of this.
This article explores when humour is appropriate and inappropriate, also when it comes to preaching.
Effective preaching and preaching to an involved congregation are the desires of every preacher. How do you get to preach in a way that the congregation becomes involved? This article considers five things: challenge their presuppositions, let them overhear the gospel, identify with people, dialogue with them, and preach for liberation.
What place does the imperative have in preaching? When is preaching considered moralism? This article considers the place of moral imperatives in preaching, and shows by way of examples that sometimes it is fine to take large blocks of teaching and focus on Christian morals without fear of falling prey to moralism.
What is preaching? It is God's Word in action, God's chosen tool, and for God's people.
This article draws lessons from the ministry of John the Baptist to encourage ministers to preach with confidence, freedom, and joy.
How do Christ's undershepherds come to grips with the truth that they are sinners preaching to sinners? This article explains that preachers have to sit under their own preaching and teaching.
Has the pulpit become an advice centre? Has the church lost the urgency of preaching? This article draws out the difference between preaching done out of the urgency Scripture and that which is based on populist mentality.
Man's mind is by nature at war with God's truth. Preaching, however, can transform the mind. This article offers ways to addressing the mind and making the Word of God effectual to our hearers.
Christ-centred preaching is vital for the church. Yet there is a fine line between preaching that is Christocentric and Christomonic. The latter preaches Christ from Scripture to the neglect of the Father and the Spirit. This article explains the tendency to slip into Christomonic preaching, and reminds from Scripture how Jesus' work of redemption includes the Father and the Spirit working with him to that end.
Is it right or wise to expose children in the worship service to the deep depravity of men as revealed in various parts of Scripture? This article offers three reasons to do so: God commands it, the culture necessitates it for the defense of the faith, and our hearts need it. The article does advise sensitivity to the way in which those raw parts of Scripture are preached, and encourages ministers to help prepare the parents for what the children will hear.
Should every sermon bring its hearers to the cross, even if Christ himself did not do so? This article shows how everything the Lord Jesus said during his earthly ministry on the way to the cross must be read in the light of what he would accomplish at the cross. Thus, preaching needs to have the blood of Christ as its focal point every time again.
This article explains why it is essential to preach Christ in every sermon. It offers two main principles: biblical hermeneutics, and biblical example.
This article explains why it is essential to preach Christ in every sermon: Christ and his apostles practiced Christ-centred preaching, and the Bible calls for preaching Christ from every text.
How do you preach gospel-centred sermons? This article explains five keys to this: learn to apply the gospel to yourself, stick with the sins revealed in the passage, be content with the passage's gospel solution, address your spiritual growth, and depend on the Holy Spirit.
How can you write a sermon full of application without sacrificing doctrine and exegesis? This article argues that by writing your main points in the form of a command, putting them in the present tense, and providing real-life examples of what it looks like to live out the text, you can fill your sermon with application.
This article calls for a balance in preaching, between heralding the whole counsel of God and including an evangelistic component.
How should preaching address suffering? This article explains that it is through preaching the sufferings of Christ, preaching as a fellow-sufferer, and preaching the coming kingdom.
Preaching is the event of God bringing to an audience a Bible-based, Christ-centred, life-impacting message of instruction through the words of a spokesperson. This article gives five factors that undermine the credibility of such preaching. It looks at what should constitute authority in preaching and what are the things that hinder such authority.
This article stresses the importance of preaching Christ from the Gospels. This approach recognizes the Old Testament roots of the teachings found in the Gospels.
This article gives much food for thought on how to preach Christ from the Old Testament.
This article contains a discussion on preaching Christ from the Old Testament.
This chapter explores the theological motive and purpose of preaching. The goal of preaching is not focused on a mere communication of information. Preaching is a means of transformation ordained by God that affects the relationship between God and man. Chapell notes God's power in using the Scriptures, a power mediated by Jesus Christ through his Spirit. The preaching of Christ is a means through which the Holy Spirit exercises his work and power.