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.
In the course of sermon preparation, as you consider applications of the text, who do you have in mind?
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.
Tucked away in Peter’s prologue, we find the encouragement that preachers dare not miss.
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.
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?
If you’ve ever preached from any of these books, you know they can be challenging. What follows are five pitfalls to avoid.
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.
When was the last time you preached through wisdom literature?
It’s really easy to deceive ourselves into thinking we are faithfully preaching the Word when we actually are preaching our own thoughts.
The solution is not to jettison imitation but to look again at Scripture, letting Scripture’s own interpretation guide our proclamation.
Allegory is something less than exposition. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line. How far is too far?
What comes to your mind when you imagine a Puritan pastor in the pulpit? Long, boring sermons? Monotone diatribes?
This approach to reading Scripture doesn’t mean we’ll perfectly understand or apply God’s Word. Scripture is perfect; interpreters aren’t
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.