“Best of Preaching and Preachers” Episode 45: Preaching Text-Driven Sermons

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Steven Smith joins me in a discussion on preaching text-driven sermons. Dr. Smith is pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR.

Guest(s): Steven Smith


Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • Steven Smith’s ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church
  • Men who have strongly influenced Steven Smith’s preaching
  • A brief discussion on Smith’s book Recapturing the Voice of God
  • How preaching is re-presenting the texts of Scripture
  • What it means for the text to be the template of the sermon
  • Why the structure of the text should be the structure of the sermon
  • The liberating nature of text-driving preaching
  • The necessity of expository preaching for the church
  • The significance of understanding the meaning of the text before trying to figure out how to communicate the text


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