YOUR CHURCH NEEDS PREACHING

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.

Why Mature Christians Need Gospel-Centered Preaching

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.30.2020

In my experience, mature believers not only need gospel-centered preaching, but in fact savor it. Here’s four things this type of preaching does for those grown-up in their faith.

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?

PREACHING IN THE BIBLE

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 Peter 1:10–12

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

Tucked away in Peter’s prologue, we find the encouragement that preachers dare not miss.

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

“Thou Shalt Not Steal” and Other Sermon Points I Didn’t Make Up: Some Thoughts on Pastoral Plagiarism

By Jared C. Wilson | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Pastoral plagiarism matters because worship in “spirit and truth” (Jn. 4:24) matters. Plagiarized preaching is in fact a big deal. How do we know that?

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.

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.

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 Wisdom Literature

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

When was the last time you preached through wisdom literature?

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 (Not) to Preach the Epistles

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

It’s really easy to deceive ourselves into thinking we are faithfully preaching the Word when we actually are preaching our own thoughts. 

Bad Biblical Theology Leads to Bad Sermons

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 11.19.2018

All of us—not just preachers—should beware bad biblical theology. But what exactly does bad biblical theology look like?

Should You Preach Moral Lessons from Biblical Stories?

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

The solution is not to jettison imitation but to look again at Scripture, letting Scripture’s own interpretation guide our proclamation.

Allegorical Interpretation: Finding the Line Before You Cross It

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

Allegory is something less than exposition. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line. How far is too far?

HOW TO PREACH

What Would the Puritans Say to Us Now? Learning from Puritan Prescriptions on Preaching

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

What comes to your mind when you imagine a Puritan pastor in the pulpit? Long, boring sermons? Monotone diatribes?

The Three Most Important Words I Learned in Seminary: “Textual, Epochal, Canonical”

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

This approach to reading Scripture doesn’t mean we’ll perfectly understand or apply God’s Word. Scripture is perfect; interpreters aren’t

Must You Share the Gospel in Every Sermon? Invitation Without the Altar Call


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

Sometimes the road to Christ is wider, and sometimes it’s narrower. But it’s always there, and the faithful preacher will call believers and unbelievers alike to repentance and faith whenever the Book is opened.

Gospel-Centered Preaching in Hard Places

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

I’ve been in ministry for about ten years. The first half of that decade I preached largely in chinos, a v-neck sweater, and boat shoes. The second half of that decade I’ve preached largely in tracksuit-bottoms, t-shirts, and trainers.

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.

Discipling and Developing Leaders Through a Sermon Application Team

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

I can’t think of a better venue for discipleship and leadership development than a weekly Sermon Application Team. And after five years, I can’t imagine writing a sermon without them.

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? 

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.” 

Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

September 2020
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Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

June 2020
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What’s Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today?

March 2020
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Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

December 2019
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The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

August 2019
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Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

May 2019
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Ecclesiology for Calvinists

February 2019
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The Pastor and Pornography

The Pastor and Pornography

October 2018
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Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures

July 2018
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Church Life: Our True Political Witness

Spring 2018
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Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body

January 2018
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The Reformation and Your Church

Fall 2017
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Church Mergers and Plants

Summer 2017
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Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

December 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013
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Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

May—June 2013
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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012
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Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012
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Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012
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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012
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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011
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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011
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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010
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Pastoring Women

July—August 2010
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Journal about Deacons

Deacons

May - June 2010
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A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastors’ Wives

July—August 2008
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Living As a Church

May–June 2008

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

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December 1999