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Two False Assumptions to Leave Behind When You Preach

Public Preaching

I realize that we pastors are going way beyond motivational speaking in our sermons. We are sharing the gospel and leading people to the cross. But we are still speakers and communicators nonetheless, and our effectiveness and influence depend on our understanding something about the nature of speaking. Seth …

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One More Way to Outline a Sermon

Sermon Preparation

Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience's attention) Look! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements: Me (How do I struggle …

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5 Ways to Preach Like a Pharisee

Pharisees and Jesus

Many of the Pharisees were probably great teachers and skilled speakers. I'm sure many were charismatic, skilled communicators. But by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, the Pharisees, on the whole, were killing the culture around them spiritually. Jesus had a lot of work to do just to unwire people from the …

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Why Bible Gateway Is My Favorite Bible App

Bible Gateway iPhone App

I feel almost as if I'm being unfaithful to YouVersion because I love the mission and mindset of the guys behind it. It's an incredibly powerful, community-centric Bible tool, but I have to lean toward Bible Gateway being my favorite at the moment. Here's why: Parallel Columns I don't know of many Bible …

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The Three Key Components of a Solid Sermon

Me. Preaching.

There are certain elements that must be included in every single sermon that we ever preach. They are non-negotiable. To put it another way, every sermon you preach has three key components... The God Component The "God component" is what sets preaching apart from other kinds of public speaking. We are God's …

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6 Ways to Re-Purpose Sermon Content

Preaching

Never waste a good sermon, especially after you've spent so much time preparing it! Thom Rainer recently wrote that more time in sermon preparation usually means a more effectively evangelistic church. If you're one of those who spends 15 hours or more on a message, it must stink to realize that all you can …

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The Pastor As a Motivator

What Next

Pastor, no one on the planet bears more responsibility for motivating a group of people than you. W. A. Criswell, one of my own preaching heroes, defined preaching as "seeking to move a man's will God-ward." He went on to define teaching as "instructing that man in the will and ways of the Lord." I agree …

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Approaching Easter Sunday As a Pastor

Easter

Easter Sunday is special. In spite of the competition from little furry bunnies who deliver colored eggs and sugar-induced hyperactive episodes among children, it's still a holiday that is fairly "religious." That is to say, Jesus still gets a fair amount of attention, possibly because it's always on Sunday and …

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Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully

Me and My Father-in-law at My First Church

When I was in Bible college, I was taught the same basic sermon preparation methods that thousands of other preachers have learned. It's a linear outline that usually begins with a major proposition, continues with several major points, each supported with explanatory illustrations and then a conclusion that …

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The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

Cross

In 1975, Bill Hybels assumed the leadership of a fledgling church plant that would grow into the rather influential Willow Creek Community Church. Under Bill's leadership, the church pioneered many concepts in the seeker-sensitive strain of worship and ministry. In 1997, Bill and his wife, Lynne, co-wrote …

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