A fresh approach to ending your sermon: Ask people to enter into the discussion.
After talking to pastors about these topics, many of them expressed a desire to not preach on marriage, relationships or sex. How about you?
"History shows us that the greatest periods of revival and reformation the church has ever seen occur in conjunction with the frequent, consistent and clear preaching of God’s Word."
Listen in as pastors share real-life examples of sermon prep.
Sure: Address people where they are, but take them to another place to meet the Sovereign of the Universe.
Joe McKeever: "She has the best seat in the house and the hardest job."
Chuck Lawless is leery of telling other people how to improve, but each one of these tips have worked for him.
What my grandfather had said from that pulpit lived on in a beautiful way in the lives of a wonderfully faithful couple.
How We Moved From Theological to Therapeutic Preaching—and Why It Matters
Veteran pastor David Fitch believes in preaching. He also believes in the power of personal presence.
"He gave no introduction to the sermon. This man simply stepped off the high diving board into the deep water. Except there was no deep water."
"Each time you select an amount of Scripture to preach on a given Sunday, you are implying that the preaching portion is able to stand alone."
Short-cuts in exegesis result in a passage idea that does not carry the true content, nor the character, of the passage we claim to be preaching.
"Sometimes the sermon comes together like a beautifully crafted work of art. But other times I struggle to make progress in my study."
None of us appreciate unsolicited, mean-spirited criticism, but we do need to hear people out.
This kind of preaching gives the idea that we can, in our own power, actually DO the good things we see the characters doing. But we can’t. We don’t.
A Canadian visitor attends an American church and wonders who, exactly, is the hope of the world.
"She said to me, 'You expected a lot from us, and I never felt I could meet those expectations.' These comments have haunted me."
If you limit your preaching to what you like, care about or are passionate about, you will keep your church from hearing all that God wants to teach them.
Sherman Cox has a straightforward message: You are at war. Remember that.