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Rick Warren on the Kind of Preaching That Changes Lives

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Rick Warren co-founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, in 1980 with his wife, Kay. Saddleback is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. Rick has been referred to as America’s Pastor and is the author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” one of the bestselling nonfiction books in publishing history. He also founded Pastors.com, an online interactive community providing sermons, forums, and other pastor resources.

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Other Episodes in the Great Communicator Series

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Charlie Dates: Why Your Church Needs To Identify and Raise Up Young Preachers

J.D. Greear: How Your Sermons Will Benefit From a ‘Multitude of Counselors’

Beth Moore on the ‘Most Important Part of the Process’ of Teaching God’s Word

Ralph Douglas West on the Benefits of Being Shaped by Black and White Preaching Traditions

Andy Stanley: Are You Missing This Key Part of Your Sermon Prep?

Max Lucado: ‘The One Thing That Has Helped Me More Than Anything Else’ as a Preacher

Sam Chan: How the Topical Preacher Can Avoid Getting on a Hobby Horse

Priscilla Shirer: ‘Message Preparation Is the Hardest Thing I Do in Ministry’

Key Questions for Rick Warren

-What makes teaching and preaching compelling?

-How has your preaching changed over the decades?

-Why do you believe it’s best to preach application points as your outline?

-How do you prepare for sermons in a way that will help people apply the sermon and change their lives?

Key Quotes From Rick Warren

“What makes preaching compelling is doing it for the right reason.”

“The purpose of preaching is to fulfill the purpose of the Bible. Your understanding of the purpose of Scripture is going to determine how you preach it.”

“The purpose of the Bible, therefore the purpose of preaching, is not doctrine, not reproof, not correction, not in training in righteousness…it is specifically to change our character.”

“So often we miss the purpose of preaching.”

“Application is the whole ballgame. It’s not something you tack on to your preaching at the end. It is the sermon.”

“You want to have a compelling sermon, it’s got to be one of these three things: The man who prophesies speaks to people for their edification, education and comfort.”

“There are famous pastors who are great for teaching doctrine, but their people aren’t doing anything…they take notes and they know who Hezekiah is and they know who Jabez is. And they can tell you the history of Scripture. But there’s no lives being changed.”