Posts Tagged ‘Preaching’

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Five Rules for Sermon Illustrations

Have you ever heard a sermon illustration that did more harm than good? I have. In fact, just recently I heard a sermon illustration that was an absolute train wreck. It sent God’s people on an unhelpful diversion, had nothing to do with the passage, and compromised the sermon’s final, concluding thrust. In other words, it was a disaster, and the results were debilitating to the sermon. Read more

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On Preaching and the Public Invitation System

Several years ago, I preached a series of renewal services at Rosedale Baptist Church in Abingdon, VA. Commonly referred to as a “revival,” or, in previous generations, a “protracted meeting,” each service carried a specifically evangelistic emphasis. I prayed the Lord would be pleased to honor the preaching of His Word, call many to faith in Christ, and produce spiritual fruit that remains. Read more

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The Church Triumphant (Matthew 16:13-20)

We consider this morning, one of the great passages in all of the Bible, Matthew chapter 16. For those of us in ministry and for those of us pursuing ministry, it is a passage that we are familiar with. But it is a passage that, in my mind, is paradigmatic for ministry. It is a passage that is a mountain peak in the new testament, and one that those of us in ministry should come back to again and again and again. It rightly situates our minds about what the church is, and what Jesus has promised to do through it and on its behalf. Read more

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What is Biblical Preaching?

Earlier this week, Christianity Today published an article of mine on “What is Biblical Preaching?” In this article, I state that biblical preaching is expositional preaching. I also lay out various aspects of what biblical exposition consists of, including three reasons why biblical exposition is essential, a proper definition of biblical exposition, and four essential marks of biblical exposition. Read more

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Six Tips for Preaching in a Missionary Context

Recently, I had the opportunity to minister in the Middle East, including time in Israel and Egypt. One of the highlights of my trip was preaching in the First Baptist Church of Cairo—yes, there is a congregation so named. Egypt is an ancient civilization, with standing ruins dating to thousands of years before Christ. Read more