Expositional Preaching

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 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 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? 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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?