Pastors in particular will benefit from Edwards, as they gain a clearer view of God, settle into a particular and important historical milieu, and consider his wisdom on a vast number of subjects.
Pastors who don’t preach expositionally will never preach more than they already know.
Cutting-edge music, artistic videos, and clever illustrations can build a crowd, but God’s Word is what the Holy Spirit uses to build a church.
Are you sure you know a good sermon from a bad one?
While there’s no shortage of books on preaching, few address its exegetical and theological foundations like this one.
How long should a preacher prep for his sermons? When and how should he consult commentaries? What’s the best way to involve others in the process?
Faithful preaching is marked by simplicity. And simple preaching best serves others by communicating the point of the passage in a clear and Christ-centered way.
What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”
— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?
Although the Spirit is the one who produces transformation in a person’s life, one of the primary tools he uses is the faithful preaching and application.
Almost certainly, the most striking practical change at the time of the Reformation was the rise of expository preaching in local churches.
If you’re looking for the value of expository preaching beyond simply getting the text right, this book is a good place to start.
If the Word of God isn’t central to a revitalization effort, no genuine, long-lasting transformation will ever occur.
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.
This perspective on what it takes to plant a church is simply overwhelming, and worse than that, it’s not biblical.