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

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Max Lucado entered ministry in 1978 and has served churches in Florida, Brazil and Texas. He currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. Max is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 145 million products in print. His latest book is, “Help Is Here: Finding Fresh Strength and Purpose in the Power of the Holy Spirit.”

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Wilfredo de Jesús: How (Not) To Turn Your Sermon Points Into Stop Signs

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?

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 Max Lucado

-How many hours a week do you spend working on sermons, and how do you structure them?

-How do you prepare to tell a story in a sermon? What do you do to make your storytelling effective?

-How do you prepare the biblical text and bring it forth in your message?

-How would you encourage young or new preachers to build messages that are compelling?

Key Quotes From Max Lucado

“Because about 15 years ago there was a sabbatical I was able to take and get ahead, I’ve been able to kind of maintain that and stay ahead of the game. And so consequently I have about half of the sermons prepared for, let’s just say, a 12- or 13-week sermon series before I begin the sermon series. And I’ve come to learn that’s pretty unique.”

“All of my sermons are candidates for books. I’ve been accused of having no unpublished thought, and that’s probably true.”

“Knowing that ultimately, eventually, this particular sermon will need to be a chapter in a book, then I just go ahead and type the whole thing out.”