Great Series on Preaching

Knowing that many of my readers are preachers, ministers, or at least interested in it, thought you might wanna know about this great series started at The Unashamed Workman.  Should be pretty intriguing.


3 responses to “Great Series on Preaching

  1. Thanks for the link. I’m reading it now. Looks like a wealth of good stuff.

  2. Great questions…

    1. Where do you place the importance of preaching in the grand scheme of church life?
    The word for preaching means, in context, the telling of the Gospel. THAT IS WHAT WE DO! Interestingly, it’s something that most believers are pictured as doing in the New Testament church, though from time to time there is a “Big Sermon” as in Peter’s address in Acts 2, but most of the time, it’s telling people you come in contact with the Gospel. You can’t have a true church without it…

    2. In a paragraph, how did you discover your gifts in preaching?
    By doing it and not screwing it up too bad.

    3. How long (on average) does it take you to prepare a sermon?
    Depending on the sermon, 4-6 hours average. This includes sermons where someone says “Can you preach a message on the Gospel” which takes me exactly 30 seconds to prepare (or maybe more accurately, has taken me 11 years to prepare).

    4. Is it important to you that a sermon contain one major theme or idea? If so, how do you crystallise it?
    EVERY SERMON SHOULD HAVE ONE MAIN IDEA. Choose a text that has ONE main idea, all your sub-points should support that main idea, and those sub-points (as well as the main idea itself) MUST be what your selected passage is saying (only in modern language & illustrated/explained well). If your sermon has more than one point, shorten the passage or change the passage until it only has ONE. The point of preaching is to cause peopel to act in response to God’s word, don’t produce confused people who have multiple choice messages (with the underlying message of repentance and salvation in every message).

    5. What is the most important aspect of a preacher’s style and what should he avoid?
    The most important factor in style is PASSION for what your preaching. Avoid the look of preaching as an academic exercise (though it should be academic).

    6. What notes, if any, do you use?
    If expository preaching is the goal, use nothing but the Bible. If a poem or long quote is used, have that for accuracy sake. Expository preaching is when God’s person has put His message into their life and then lived it out. Then, it spills out onto the people. It’s not something to be read or followed, it’s the overflow of the preacher’s life after coming into contact with the word of God, no notes should be needed. Making the main points all start with the same letter can help the preacher remember the points…

    7. What are the greatest perils that preacher must avoid?
    Half-hearted preaching and preaching from personal experience devoid of a biblical anchor.

    8. How do you fight to balance preparation for preaching with other important responsibilities (eg. pastoral care, leadership responsibilities)
    Prayer is #1… After that, plan your time as best you can. If something comes up, attend to it and work hard to live out the message…

    9. What books on preaching, or exemplars of it, have you found most influential in your own preaching?
    “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon Robinson is pretty good, as is “The Art of Connecting” by O.S. Hawkins. Ed Young is also extreemly good at keeping a message relevant and interesting, he usually has fantastic examples etc… Mostly, learn your own communication style and don’t every try to copy someone elses style, you are you, that’s what they paid for 😉

    10. What steps do you take to nurture or encourage developing or future preachers?
    I’m a developing and future preacher 😉 But I do meet with 5 guys (individually) on a regular basis…

  3. Storbakken – thanks for checking it out. Glad you liked it.

    Harris – Like your point on having ONE MAIN IDEA. Quick question – on having no notes, is there anything you do to be a better conduit to God speaking through you?

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