This article establishes that preaching is difficult work, and is not for just anyone. It presents seven key pitfalls that preachers need to avoid.
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 explains that preaching needs to be Word-centred, rather than focused on the preacher. It provides three considerations for building a Word-centred church.
This is a review article of Preaching and Leading Worship, by William H. Willimon. It indicates that Willimon has a balanced approach: he sees the need for appraising and evaluating worship but guards against a craze for novelty. The book provides suggestions for preparing for and conducting worship. Willimon provides guidelines on preaching—on both the preparation and delivery of sermons.
Does preaching still have any meaning in our time and age? Is the sermon a relic of the past? This essay wants to reflect on the theological question of what preaching really is. The true renewal of preaching can only happen in the way of understanding the real nature and function of preaching. A renewal on the level of preaching technique alone is not really a renewal at all. In the New Testament, we find the origin of what Christian preaching is. Some key terms used for preaching are examined.
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.
What makes preaching earnest? This article offers four characteristics: know the text, feel the truth, love the people, and keep the sermon simple.
As a preacher what should you do if your congregation struggles with your preaching? Cultivate humility, openness, gentleness, patience, and focus.
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.
Preaching at the funeral of someone who was almost surely an unbeliever is very difficult. This article offers a few things worth considering if you are given such an opportunity: talk about the fall, death, and judgment, exalt Christ, hold out the hope of the resurrection, emphasize the role of faith, and stay away from eulogizing.
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 offers seven fundamentals to preaching faithfully, including the following: preach expositional sermons, preach the whole counsel of God, preach to yourself, and preach Christ.
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 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.
Should a pastor use the second person pronoun in his preaching? This article lists three reasons in support of this.
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.
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.
This article declares that preaching is "inherently dangerous." What it means is that preaching that balances declaration with application, or information with challenge, is risky but necessary. The author gives seven reasons why he speaks in this way.
This article calls for a balance in preaching, between heralding the whole counsel of God and including an evangelistic component.
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 article argues that what is lacking in preaching today is parresia, the courage to speak without fear of consequences.
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?
Preaching cannot be separated from the interpretation of Scripture. Reflection on the work of E. D. Hirsch Jr. naturally finds a place in reflection on homiletics. This article argues that the hermeneutic of Hirsch has much to offer expository preaching. This article tries to answer the following questions: What are the basic hermeneutic contentions of Hirsch?
The doctrine of Scripture is essential to the ministry of the Word. To argue this, the article defines the inspiration of Scripture, its authority, its inerrancy, and its sufficiency. Then the article demonstrates how these relate to the preaching of the Word, and how the ministry of the Word must shape the life of the congregation.
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.
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.
How should preaching address suffering? It is through preaching the sufferings of Christ, preaching as a fellow-sufferer, and preaching the coming kingdom.
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.
Chapter 1 is a consideration of the theme of preaching Jesus and the gospel from the Old Testament. The author develops his theme by reflecting on John 5:31-47. In this text the importance of Scripture as a witness to the mission of Jesus Christ is unfolded. John refers also to other witnesses: John the Baptist, Jesus’ own works, and the Father. The author continues with a defence of the Old Testament as part of the Christian canon.
How the preacher views the congregation informs how he will preach. This article shows how preaching will be when the preacher thinks about the church as God's people. These lessons are drawn from Paul's letters.
For preaching to be effective, the preacher needs to understand the paradigms surrounding him. This article shows that there is a paradigm shift that preaching must take into consideration in three themes: God, man, and godliness. Understanding this shift is crucial for the faithfulness and effectiveness of preaching.
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 essay considers the love of the Father for the Son (John 3:35). It explores how the Gospel of John views the relationship between the Father and the Son and the significance of this relation for man as son of God. This leads to a consideration of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s beloved Son.
Expository preaching is the preaching of the man who knows Holy Scripture to be the living Word of God, and whose aim in preaching is to show the hearers what the text is saying to them about God and about them. It is this kind of preaching that has fallen on hard times, but from Charles Simeon we can learn how to regain it. This article explains.
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."
Without God's revelation of His truth, we would not know Him. In addition, man in his fallen nature cannot know God and he opposes God's truth. To know God as He is revealed in the word requires the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the preaching of the word is dependant upon the work of the Holy Spirit.
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.
This series of articles is about the elements of the worship service. Here the author looks at the significance of public reading of scripture and preaching during the worship service. The focus of the article is the impact God's word must have on the life of the believer and the attitude a Christian must exhibit when listening to God's word.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. How can Christians travel on this journey? Pilgrims depend on the preached word of God as their food, as is stated in 1 Peter 2:2. Looking at the analogy of milk, the author discusses the characteristics of this preaching.
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.
This trilogy of articles discusses the task of the elder in working with the pastor for the improvement of the preaching. This article provides reasons why this is important. The author also gives some direction as to what church council should look for in a sermon and how they can supervise the preaching.
This is the last article in a five part series on evangelism and mission work. The commission to preach and teach the gospel is given to the church. The preaching of the gospel is dependent upon Christ's work of fulfillling the order of salvation - regeneration, calling, and faith. God uses preaching to call and cause faith in those who hear.
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.
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 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.
Working from Acts 13:42-52, this article shows that preaching the gospel with perseverance involves making use of every opportunity, expecting opposition, being faithful, and knowing that God's purpose will always prevail. God will give confidence and joy to those who discharge their work faithfully.
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.
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?
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.
This article argues for the importance of preaching for the life of the church. Without true preaching, the church will die.
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.
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 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.