Sermon Prep Fundamentals

I have had classes on preaching.  I have preached now for more than 20 years and I am still trying to become a better preacher.  I have also found that almost no two preachers prepare the same way.  I am not sure there is a right or wrong way to prepare a sermon, but I do believe the fundamentals of preparation must be the same.  I think that the pattern of a faithful sermon is demonstrated in Scripture.  A faithful sermon must explain the text, apply the text to the listener, and point the listener to Jesus.  There are many who merely deliver religious speeches, but if the pattern is ignored it cannot be qualified as a sermon. Continue reading “Sermon Prep Fundamentals”

The Long Book Challenge: Acts Edition

Serving the local church through pulpit ministry is more often than not done through a process of planning.  Many aspects are examined when planning for preaching.  At any given time, I try to take into consideration the state of the church, the needs of the folks, the direction in which I believe God is leading the church, prayer, the calendar, and at times local, state, national and even international events.  The process of planning for preaching must stretch the preacher and serve the congregation faithfully with the goal of teaching the whole counsel of God.  I am committed to expositional preaching.  I believe that God inspired the 66 books of the Bible and the best way I can serve the church is by preaching through books.  I have preached expositional messages on various subjects and doctrines.  I have preached expositional messages through shorter books in both the Old and New Testament but I had never successfully preached through a longer book.  Recently, in about 40 messages, I preached through the entirety of Acts. Continue reading “The Long Book Challenge: Acts Edition”

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