Just why exactly does the cross of Christ need to be central in preaching and teaching? This article explores the reason.
A sermon is "an applicatory declaration, spoken in God's name and for his praise, in which some part of the written Word of God delivers through the preacher some part of its message about God and godliness in relation to those whom the preacher addresses." This way of understanding preaching is based on a certain view of the nature of Scripture and the task of the preacher. This is what the article explains, and then it shows how this has implications for listening to sermons.
This article stresses the importance of the proclamation of God’s judgment for believers. The article considers that believers need to be reminded of our sins, in order to benefit more deeply from knowing the Saviour from sins. Thus, the law needs to be preached from the pulpit, for the sake of the gospel.
This article considers a trend towards simplistic preaching, which will leave a congregation immature and infantile. The author pleads for the full preaching of the gospel that will bring maturity to all who have ears to hear.
This article spells out the historical difference between an orator and a herald. The former adapted his message to his audience in order achieve desired results; the latter had his message set for him by another, and so he was not results-driven but obedience-driven. The Corinthians wanted an orator, but Paul was a herald.
"How did you like the sermon?" This is just a wrong question to ask, because sermons are not for liking. Instead, as the article suggests, the question could be: What did you learn from the sermon?
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.