Episode 108: Essentials for Text-Driven Preaching

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Steven Smith joins me for a discussion on essentials for text-driven preaching. Dr. Smith is senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR, as well as Senior Preaching Fellow for the Spurgeon Center for Biblical Preaching at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Guest(s): Dr. Steven Smith


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

  • A brief update on Dr. Smith’s current ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church
  • A brief introduction to Dr. Smith’s coauthored book Preaching for the Rest of Us: Essentials for Text-Driven Preaching
  • A theology of text-driven preaching
  • Why the text must be the outline of the sermon
  • An explanation of what Dr. Smith calls “the external frame”
  • The importance of being a good communicator while being a text-driven preacher
  • How preachers can serve the congregation by communicating the text well


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