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Preaching to the Spiritually Dead Who Need to Be Made Alive

Evangelistic preaching is simply this: communicating the Gospel through biblical exegesis to those who are “spiritually dead.” But communication means that the preacher must relentlessly look for ways to connect the words of Scripture to the audience in a ... Read More »

Preaching to the Lost Who Need to Be Found: The Jesus Model of Preaching

Jesus is the center and circumference of the Bible. He is the Promised One of the Old Testament and the Holy One of the New Testament. He is both the Message and Messenger of Salvation. No one else can lay claim to that fact. Every called preacher is a messeng... Read More »

The Preacher as Missionary

In recent years our family survived our “Angry Birds” season of life. For a period of time our kids could not get enough of this game, to the extent that we even had an Angry Birds birthday party along the way. If you have played this game, you know that t... Read More »

Preaching to the Spiritually Sick Who Need to Be Healed

When I was a kid, we rode bikes. We played outside. And I know, most kids today would hear that and think, “Your parents must have been so mean! They made you play outside where the sun is shining and the air conditioning is non-existent.” It is mind boggl... Read More »

Why Every Preacher Needs to Know and Preach Sound Doctrine

It was the most watched syndicated television special in 1986 with 30 million viewers. I remember it well. The hype was incredible. Television reporter Geraldo Rivera had convinced television producers that they would do a live following of Geraldo as he took ... Read More »

Deep Preaching: Why Doctrine Matters in the Pulpit

In his sermon titled “The True Aim of Preaching,” wherein he expounded upon Acts 13, Spurgeon wrote the following: Paul’s mode of preaching, as illustrated by this chapter, was first of all to appeal to the understanding with a clear exposition of doctri... Read More »

The Need to Preach Expository Sermons that are Doctrinally Sound

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NKJV) Preac... Read More »

Preaching the Doctrine of Special Revelation

. . . STAND THERE ON THE ROCK . . . Exodus 33:21 The old spiritual song goes, “If I could I surely would, stand on the rock where Moses stood.” It answers the question of where the man of God stands when he preaches. He stands on the rock . . . that rock [... Read More »

Preaching the Doctrine of the Church: Baptist Ecclesiology

I wore leisure suits to church. That’s right. I wore brightly colored, polyester suits with flowered, open-collar shirts right in front of God and everyone. On purpose! They were still common in my teenage years, way back in olden days. Thankfully, those thi... Read More »

Preaching the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

There was once a lady attending one of those cold-dead churches that we all dread. While the preacher was preaching, she stood up and proclaimed, “I found the Holy Spirit! I have found the Holy Spirit!” Immediately, a grumpy old deacon stood up and yelled ... Read More »

Preaching the Doctrine of Christ: His Person

There is no greater subject to preach than the person of Jesus Christ.  As pastors, ultimately all of our sermons should point to him and help our congregations know and understand his person and his work better. When considering how to preach this important ... Read More »

Preaching the Doctrine of Christ: His Teachings

Imagine if Jesus had been silent. Think of the loss for humanity if His words never entered into the plane of history. Picture the people around you whose lives have yet to be impacted with the wisdom of Christ’s teachings. Let me offer three guidelines for ... Read More »

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