Expositional Preaching

The Priority of Patience, Prayer, and Preaching in Church Planting

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

As you patiently “preach and pray, love and stay,” you’ll find that your church has been planted on fertile soil that bears up good and lasting fruit.

Book Review: Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century, by Aubrey Malphurs

Review by John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

This perspective on what it takes to plant a church is simply overwhelming, and worse than that, it’s not biblical.

Planting Churches for Pleasure, Not for Profit

By Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

What’s needed to plant a church isn’t the wisdom of Jim Collins, but the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Pastor’s Personal Life: A Source of Power in the Pulpit

By Conrad Mbewe | 06.01.2017

The day you lose your godliness is the day you lose your power in pastoral preaching.

Book Review: Pastoral Preaching, by Conrad Mbewe

Review by Tim Cantrell | 05.31.2017

What a joy to see the African church finding its own voice through books such as this.

Book Review: The Heart, Character, and Life of the Church, by Joe Thorn

Review by Zach Schlegel | 05.10.2017

If you’re looking for an accessible, Reformed Baptist introduction on the doctrine of the church, this is a resource I’m happy to recommend.

Episode 13: On Being a Word-Centered Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.09.2017

How can I grow my church? If your answer doesn’t mention God’s Word, then you’re starting in the wrong place.

11 Reasons For A Weekly Service Review—And 4 Cautions Once You Start

By Jeff Lacine | 04.26.2017

I’ve found a weekly service review to be one of the most effective tools in ministry for mentoring men and growing as a preacher.

Mailbag #60: How to Divide the Text; Making Sunday Accessible for Non-Believers

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.21.2017

— Do you have any tips on how quickly or slowly pastors should preach through books? — Should Sunday mornings primarily aim for edifying believers or evangelizing non-believers?

Sermon: A Biblical Theology of Singleness

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Charles Hedman, a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, preached a sermon on a biblical theology of singleness. You can listen to that sermon here.

Thinking Biblically about Authority: An Interview with David Wells

By David Wells | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 03.15.2017

What we all need are not more authoritarian preachers but more authoritative sermons.

How to Critique Sermons: A List of Diagnostic Questions

By Jeff Lacine | 03.08.2017

Here’s a list of 29 questions to ask when you’re giving feedback on a sermon.

Let Us Not Grow Weary: Pastoral Reflections on Patience

By Aaron Menikoff | 03.06.2017

God blesses some churches with quick, radical, and amazing growth. But he tends to work slowly—and this requires patience.

Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon

By Timothy Raymond | 03.02.2017

Here are three reasons why you should include a concise gospel summary in every sermon you preach.

Episode 3: On Sermon Application

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.28.2017

If a preacher is doing his job well, then he’s not only explaining what a text means, but also applying that meaning to the lives of his hearers. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about the difficult task of sermon application.