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. He previously served as vice president for Student Services and Communications and professor of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

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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