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.
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.
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 provide real life examples of what it looks like to live out the text, you can fill your sermon with application.
How can a pastor make the first sentence of his sermon be effective? This article offers five things that relate to this question.
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.
What makes a good sermon? There are two aspects: it has limits and a focal point. The article expands on this.
"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?
When parents take their children to church they want children to understand the sermon. How can parents talk with their children about the sermon? This article is aimed at talking about the sermon with children. It gives eight guidelines to help parents talk about the sermon with their children.
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."
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 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.