Preach always in such a way that God’s words are made clear and God’s message comes straight from the text.
I was privileged to serve with Jim Boice for five years at Tenth Presbyterian until his sudden death from liver cancer in 2000.
Christianity, by which I mean church membership, is a participatory sport, not a spectator sport.
In light of what Scripture says about preachers and preaching, who would want to argue that an expository approach to preaching is anything less than a necessity?
Many sermons intend to be expositional, yet fall somewhat short.
The glory of God is the goal of all of life, isn’t it? Is there a goal in preaching that is unique to preaching?
What we are listening for when the Word is preached is not primarily “practical how-to advice.”
Whenever anything is substituted for the preaching of the Word, God’s authority is usurped.
These two lessons have impressed themselves upon me already concerning the preparation of expositional sermon series on a schedule.
Behind the centrality of expositional preaching is the assumption of the authority and truthfulness of God’s Word.
So what do we make of narrative preaching?
Those who preach should preach their Bibles.
I want to approach the topic of application slightly differently: not only are there different kinds of hearers, there are also different kinds of application.
My greatest fear for the removal of authoritative preaching from the congregation is that the Scriptures themselves will cease to be treated as authoritative.
Yes, the preacher should be sensitive to the unchurched. But if we target the unchurched alone, the message may be lost or so diluted that God’s people become malnourished.