Jimmy Draper

Advice to Older Preachers

1. Don’t neglect your daily devotional time with the Lord. The preaching ministry is the easiest place in the world to grow cold spiritually! The reason is that we are always studying to see what God says to someone else! We must be in a vital and growing wi... Read More »

Advice to Younger Pastors

1. Understand your call. God does not call you to a certain task, but he calls you to Himself. It is out of your relationship to Him that He assigns you specific tasks. This underscores the importance of your daily time with the Lord. You have been filled with... Read More »

New Approaches to Familiar Texts

While God’s Word is inexhaustible, it can become so familiar that we often miss some of the most significant messages in Scripture. The key is to always know the complete context and to examine the text for keywords. We may become so focused on the message t... Read More »

The Secret of Preaching: What Do I Preach?

Now that we know why we preach, we must determine what we preach. The only valid and sufficient basis for preaching is the Word of God. It is the Word of God that establishes and confirms the theology and ministry of the church. It alone adequately addresses t... Read More »

The Secret of Preaching: Why Do I Preach?

The most significant thing the pastor does is to preach the Word of God. While he must engage in many different tasks, his preaching remains the most important because it is the most visible and valuable. Many of the congregation will never see the pastor exce... Read More »

Preaching Interview: Jimmy Draper

Dr. Jimmy Draper sits down with Dr. Barry McCarty for an interview to discuss preaching and pastoral ministry. Read More »

Breakout Session: Jimmy Draper

Jimmy Draper’s breakout session at the 2017 Text-Driven Preaching Conference. Read More »

A Servant’s Role in Ministry

SWBTS Chapel sermon called A Servant’s Role in Ministry by Dr. Jimmy Draper. Read More »

The Preacher and the Importance of Godly Character

1 Peter 1:1-2; 13-16 Peter begins his epistle by calling believers “Temporary residents”. That term literally means “beside the people.” It reveals the necessary separation and the dynamic saturation of believers in the world. We are always resident al... Read More »

A Look Back at How Expository Preaching Changed My Ministry

Both my father and grandfather were Southern Baptist pastors. I grew up in church and loved it. My grandfather was in the first class to begin at Southwestern when it first moved from Waco to Fort Worth. He obtained two degrees over the years 1910 to 1914. He ... Read More »