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The Role of Preaching In Church Planting

Stephen F. Olford Preaching

There various viewpoints on the best church planting model. Some launch fast and large to attract the masses. Others launch slowly and intentionally with more of a one-on-one disciple-making mentality. There are probably cautions with any approach to planting, and one of the …

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8 Ways to Hook Your Congregation Into Your Message

Hook

The biblical text should be the grand centerpiece of every sermon. But we often take what should be the centerpiece, and move it to the front of what we have to say. In most cases, reading the text should come first in importance, but not first in the order of a message. Whether …

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Go, Disturb Your City

Disturb Your City

Two thousand years ago, the good news of Jesus Christ had a tendency to upset entire social structures, flipping society upside down and leveling the playing field so that people from any position in life could have a restored relationship with God because of what Jesus Christ …

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Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

Note to Self by Joe Thorn

"Preaching it" is easier than living it. This creates significant problems when our speaking talent outweighs our personal character. Therefore, it is imperative that we, as shepherds, shepherd ourselves - that we hear the Word, do the Word, and preach to ourselves first. That's …

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Easter Means Healing Now, Hope Forever

Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure …

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Seven Ways Twitter Will Improve Your Preaching and Teaching

John Calvin published 22 volumes of commentaries on the Bible and Martin Lloyd-Jones published 9 volumes on Romans alone. What if you could remove all of the non-essential language, antiquated stories, and strip all of that knowledge down to some bite-sized, transportable truths? …

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Learn About Radical Preaching at Radicalis 2011

It was precisely eleven years ago when my father-in-law and I traveled to Saddleback Church for the Preaching for Life Change conference taught by Rick Warren and Tom Holladay. And it was definitely life-changing and ministry-altering. It changed the way I preached in multiple …

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All Your Pastor Wants for Christmas

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Disclaimer: I don’t know your Pastor (probably) and so I can’t say for sure he wants any of these things, much less that he wants these things exclusively, but I thought I’d take a stab at saying here’s what, in my estimation, many Pastors would love to have… if you’re looking …

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The Role of Vision-Casting In Preaching

Vision

Pastor, God called you to lead. (If you're not a Pastor, but you have a Pastor, God called your Pastor to lead you.) He didn't call you to lead by consensus or by permission. He called you to lead by following His voice, and to do it boldly. Somewhere in the history of …

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What Language Do You Preach In?

Preaching

I preach in English, because it's all I know. I took Spanish in college, but sat next to my wife and stayed distracted the whole semester - wound up with a C. But I'm not really getting at language in the sense of nationalities or tribal traditions. What I want to know is, do you …

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