How do we get from any given text to the gospel?9Marks
How can a preacher explicitly address non-Christians in his sermons?9Marks
Are there unwise ways to do a pastoral search?9Marks
How can expositional preaching be evangelistic?9Marks
What’s this “sermon application grid” that 9Marks keeps talking about?9Marks
In his sermon preparation, Mark Dever uses what he calls an “application grid” as a tool to help him think how each point of the sermon relates to the rest of redemptive history, the person and work of Christ, and how it applies to different categories of hearers. Download an application grid: Blank | Completed Sample
What tips do you have on doing a pastoral search wisely?9Marks
What are the different “stations of life” a preacher should keep in mind when applying the text?9Marks
If you’re interviewing to be the pastor of a new church, what are some questions you should be sure to ask?9Marks
A. Theological Questions 1. What is the church’s statement of faith? 2. What has been the most vexed theological question the church has faced? Has there ever been a church split over theology or practice? Why? 3. What theological trends and strands of false teaching are the elders of the church particularly concerned about? 4. Who do you understand to be the biblically designated leaders of the church? 5. What do you understand the roles and responsibilities of elders to be?
What are different spiritual categories of hearers a preacher should have in mind when applying the text?9Marks
You should strive to apply your sermons to both
How can a preacher apply a text to the church as a whole?9Marks
What kind of questions should a church ask a pastoral candidate?9Marks
A church should ask at least four types of questions of any potential pastor: theological, philosophy of ministry, practical, and personal.
Can a preacher apply the meaning of a text to hundreds of different hearers? Isn’t that the Holy Spirit’s job?9Marks
The important thing to consider here is the preacher’s work compared to the Holy Spirit’s work.
Can a preacher really preach a whole book in one expositional sermon? If so, how?9Marks
Suppose your friend asks you to summarize a two-hour movie you just saw. You could do that in five minutes or less. You would summarize the movie’s contents, emphasize what the movie is about, and by pointing to key moments in the movie.
As a young pastor thinks about initiating change, why is trust such an important factor?9Marks
If a young pastor is thinking about initiating change, it’s important for his people trust him because:
Must a preacher’s homiletical outline match his exegetical outline?9Marks
Not necessarily. An expositional sermon should explain and apply the main point of a passage of Scripture. If a preacher is able to derive his homiletical outline directly from his exegetical outline, so much the better. This often allows the congregation to better see the structure of a passage.