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Preaching to the Religious Who Need a Relationship with Christ

Mark 2 is a beautiful example of how to preach to religious people who need a relationship with Christ. In this text, there is a growing conflict that will lead to the crucifixion of Jesus. Opposition to Jesus emerges this early in the story of the Gospel. Mar... Read More »

Preaching to the Condemned Who Need Hope

“Pray for me, Pastor. I know I need God, but I just don’t see how God could ever love me anymore, not after what I’ve done.” I hear these words more than I’d like to admit, Sunday after Sunday, as people come for prayer after responding to the sermon... Read More »

Paradoxical Preaching in the Age of Cohabitation

Have you ever considered the way in which Jesus confronted the erroneous thoughts, attitudes, and actions of his day? The master communicator used variety. He loaded his communication arsenal with a plethora of rhetorical weapons to combat the evils of his age... Read More »

Preaching to the Burdened Who Need to Find Rest

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mat 11:2... Read More »

Preaching to the Spiritually Enslaved Who Need to be Freed

One of the most impactful experiences I had as a young pastor in rural West Tennessee was my monthly visit to our local jail to preach to the inmates. Walking into the Tipton County Jail, I sensed the unmistakable institutional nature of my surroundings. The ... Read More »

Preaching to the Sinner Who Needs to be Justified

Why do we preach? Why do I spend countless hours every week mulling over a text from an ancient book to simply stand up on a stage and deliver a 30-minute message? Is there a goal? Is there a purpose? To what end do we do these things? The goal of preaching is... Read More »

Preaching to the Sinner Who Needs Redemption

No higher calling or higher privilege exists than God’s calling on a man’s life to preach the Word of God (2 Tim 4:2). The calling to preach the Word necessarily entails the responsibility to articulate the gospel of Jesus Christ to sinners who need redemp... Read More »

Preaching to the Spiritually Empty Who Need to Be Filled

Pastors are called to feed, lead, and intercede for the church. When we have the privilege to stand before the people of God and share biblical truth with them, we must do so with the greatest skill entrusted to us by the Lord. This requires from each preacher... Read More »

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 »

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