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A Guide to Effective Preaching – Introduction. Explanation. Application.

The INTRODUCTION section has already answered the WHAT? question. This message is about being willing to get uncomfortable.

The EXPLANATION section has already answered the WHY? question. Paul was willing to do this because heaven and hell hang in the balance.

The APPLICATION section needs to answer the HOW? question. How do I do in the 21st century what Paul did in the first?

Most preachers don’t have three acts to their messages, they have one.

They stand up, tell people to turn in the Bible, talk for 30 minutes, and then pray.

If that’s you.

Man.

I’m telling you.

I’m grabbing SIX pencils.

Listen: The application section is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of your message. NOT the Bible teaching part.

Let me repeat that.

“The application section is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of your message. NOT the Bible teaching part.”

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I’m the founding Senior Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In 13 years the church has grown from a small group in my home to over 2,000 incredible people. Before that I served in churches of 25 to 600 in attendance. I love church planters and pastors of smaller churches, and totally understand the difficult challenges they face as they try to help people find their way back to God.