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Avoiding Confusion in Gospel Preaching: The Need to Clearly Explain the Saving Message of Christ

“It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.”[1]Frank Luntz, Words That Work (New York: Hyperion, 2007). This, the subtitle of the book Words That Work by renowned political consultant Frank Luntz, reminds us as we proclaim the gospel we must do so w... Read More »

Testifying to Gospel Preaching: Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament

One of the greatest aspects of the Bible is the forward nature of the plan of God. From the first words we find in Genesis to the last amen in Revelation, we see a plan that is constantly moving forward. The Old Testament weaves throughout its pages the messag... Read More »

Awaiting Gospel Preaching: Should Church Members Expect the Gospel in Every Sermon

If you’ve been in ministry for any length of time, then you know there are some times that we just get it wrong. We exegete a text wrongly, use a joke that is not helpful or even distracts, or we jump on a “soap-box” and go in a direction that has nothin... Read More »

Gospel Preaching: Is Jesus the Central Theme of Every Sermon?

Gospel Preaching is the Proclamation of the Good News. The Good News, as understood in the Word of God, is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of man and rose from the dead on the third day! The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the Gospe... Read More »

The One Secret That Will Improve Your Preaching: Part 2

Many believe that preaching and public speaking are virtually the same enterprise. But anyone who makes such an assertion only demonstrates that he has understood very little about preaching. One of the words for preaching in the Greek text is kerussō. That c... Read More »

The One Secret That Will Improve Your Preaching: Part 1

Creating a Purpose Statement for Your Message A seminarian was invited to preach at a small church one Sunday. All week long, he labored over his sermon, studying the text, constructing an outline, and developing his material. Finally, Sunday morning rolled ar... Read More »

Critical Steps in Sermon Preparation – A Pastor’s Perspective

You wake up in a cold sweat, overjoyed that your latest version of “preacher’s nightmare” was not reality. You know the terrible dream: it is time to preach, and you are either not prepared, or you cannot physically arrive at the pulpit. The ... Read More »

How to Make Sermon Illustrations Genuine

Every preacher understands the struggle and rush of sermon preparation because Sunday is coming. Whether you are a young pastor just starting out in your first church as senior pastor well-established in the pulpit, we all face the daily grind of ministry and ... Read More »

How to Make Sermon Illustrations Simple

I’ve heard it said that a story is “a container for our identities.” What we are charged to do with each sermon is craft yet another container for our shared identity as the family of God at a local church in a particular context. And the approach to ser... Read More »

How to Make Sermon Illustrations Accurate

The preacher’s goal is to proclaim the Word of God in such a way that the people connect with, absorb, and respond to the life change that the text demands. This must begin with a clear exposition of the text, but good illustrations help the preacher deliver... Read More »

How to Make Sermon Illustrations Appealing

As a former athlete, athletic analogies and sports stories perk up my ears. My IT expert pew-neighbor may not care at all. Stories about computers or new technologies would probably bore me to tears, while he would be sitting there in fascination. You see, wha... Read More »

How to Make Sermon Illustrations Memorable

Most pastors and Bible teachers immediately recognize the power of a well-told illustration. It engages the heart of those listening and allows the mind’s eye to see truth through the application of something familiar. Ignoring the use of skillfully chosen i... Read More »

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