How to Preach
My greatest fear for the removal of authoritative preaching from the congregation is that the Scriptures themselves will cease to be treated as authoritative.
Must the sermon be a monologue? If not, should it be?
Those who preach should preach their Bibles.
In the end, I was perplexed by the book. There was plenty of thought-provoking material, but there was also a rather contrived view of postmodernism.
Applying the Sermon
If you neglect to teach your people biblical application you have failed to shepherd the flock adequately.
I’m 29 years old. Can I apply the Scriptures effectively to the lives of people twice my age who live in a world without YouTube and iPods and dreams as big as the Montana sky?
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.
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.
Preaching Biblical Theology
There are a myriad of books on preaching, but Johnson believes that the Bible is finally the best guidebook for preaching the Bible.
Preaching Christ from the Old Testament is an excellent resource that has yet to be replaced.
This book is worth having on your shelf for the primary reason that it will encourage you to preach Christ himself from the Old Testament.
Read this book, and you’ll not only want to re-read it, you’ll want to re-read your Bible.