Preaching

Why We Produced the Church Questions Series

By Sam Emadi | 04.09.2020

The church isn’t just one aspect of the Christian life, it’s the context of our Christian life—it shapes all the other aspects of our Christian obedience.

The Imperative-Indicative Balance

By Bryan Chapell | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 04.08.2020

Any preaching that is distinctively Christian must keep listeners from confusing, or inverting, our “who” and our “do.” 

How (Not) to Preach the Old Testament Prophets

By Nick Roark | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Preaching faithfully from the Old Testament is always a challenge. But preaching faithfully from the Old Testament Prophets is perhaps most challenging of all.

How (Not) to Preach the Gospels

By Aubrey Sequeira | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

The Gospels give us beautiful portraits of Jesus; they give us rich theology. But they come with their own set of hermeneutical and homiletical challenges—challenges we must know how to navigate to faithfully proclaim Christ.

How Long Should a Sermon Be?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

How long should you preach on Sunday? 

Preaching to Different Kinds of Hearers

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

The preacher’s task is to hold up reality as the Bible presents it, and to ask how it compares to what his hearers have been calling reality. He asks if all the promises that sin has been making to them have turned out to be true.

How (Not) to Preach the Psalms

By Jim Hamilton | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Don’t preach the Psalms in isolation—from their immediate or broad context. May God bless his Word in your mouth, and may the sentiments in the Psalms be the heartbeat of God’s people.

4 Reflections after Listening to 18 Hours of Sermons in America’s Biggest Churches

By Colton Corter | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

What’s the preaching like in America’s biggest churches? That’s the question I set out to answer.

I Was A Gospel-Believing Preacher Who Didn’t Preach the Gospel

By Ed Moore | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

I was a minister of the gospel who for many years did not preach the gospel to my flock. How did this happen? Let me back up.

The Easy Application Your Sermon Is Probably Missing


By Keith Collier | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

In the course of sermon preparation, as you consider applications of the text, who do you have in mind?

Reflections on 2 Timothy 4:1

By Ligon Duncan | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

In this final epistle of his life, Paul labors to impress on Timothy the seriousness of this charge. We can see how seriously Paul considers the preaching task by noticing five qualifying phrases.

Reflections on 1 Thessalonians 2:13

By Ryan Fullerton | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Preachers are aware of many things, and if we’re not careful, we’ll become subtly unaware of the main thing—we are mounting the pulpit to share the very words of the living God.

Reflections on 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

The power of Paul’s words lies in the divine logic of the gospel, not merely in the word-order of his sentences. What, then, is the logic of 1 Corinthians 2:1–5?  

How (Not) to Preach the Pentateuch


By David King | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

If you’ve ever preached from any of these books, you know they can be challenging. What follows are five pitfalls to avoid.

How (Not) to Preach Historical Narrative

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

I’ll discuss ways you shouldn’t preach historical narrative, illustrating each point by primarily looking at 1 Samuel 4–7: the battle of Aphek, the conflict between Dagon and Yahweh, and the battle of Ebenezer. If you haven’t read those chapters in a while, I’d encourage you to give them a look.