Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Vibrant Christianity

May God grant us a revival of the kind of Christianity the Doctor is talking about here:“It is one thing to believe the truth, it is a very different thing to apply it. We did listen, and apply the truth, initially, otherwise we would not be Christians at all. But it is possible for us … to go on, content with just listening to, or reading the truth, and never applying it to ourselves, or examining ourselves in the light of it. Is this not one of the most alarming possibilities in the Christian l … [Read more...]

Preach to Change Them In Their Seats – Tim Keller

Video of this talk is now available to watch here:Tim Keller - Preaching the Gospel from Newfrontiers on Vimeo.Earlier in the week, Tim Keller spoke at a Newfrontiers event. He gave three posts, and I was there taking notes. There were over 800 people there to hear him. As usual these notes are colored a bit by my own perceptions, and so do not necessarily reflect exactly what he said.

 This talk was very inspiring. Regular readers of my blog will know I often blog about preaching so … [Read more...]

Ten Conclusions About Preaching

This post represents the last of my republished series on preaching, and first appeared on my blog back in March 2007. I  still will be only blogging monday-wednesday-friday the next few weeks as my book deadline approaches.  I appreciate your prayers.  Here are 10 conclusions about preaching:Expository preaching should be defined as preaching that seeks to explain the main point of the portion of the Scripture selected. Expository preaching does not always have to take place as part of a long s … [Read more...]

"Preachers Are Modern Day Prophets" – Mark Dever

". . . expositional preachers are modern day prophets, serving merely as conduits through which the Word of God may flow into the people of God in order to do the work of God in them." Mark Dever … [Read more...]

What Black and White Preachers Can Learn From Each Other

The following is an old but very important blog post on preaching that you should read carefully and prayerfully. “Black preaching” is stereotypically thought to be emotional, even cathartic, rhythmic, centered on suffering and celebration, and ultimately doctrinally shallow. “White preaching” is thought to be (stereotypically) largely the reverse: doctrinal, cold, intellectual, etc. . . At least that's what you'd believe if you believe the cultural stereotypes. And nothing, in my mind, has quite … [Read more...]

MLJ on the Spirit's Direction of a Preacher

You can call this what you will, but I would call it a prophecy. Certainly it seems like a communication from the Holy Spirit today. It might be enough to have got the Doctor thrown out of some churches..."..one morning while dressing, quite suddenly and in an overwhelming manner, it seemed to me that the spirit of God was urging me to preach a series of sermons on 'spiritual depression'.Quite literally while I was dressing the series took order in my mind, and all I had to do was to rush as … [Read more...]

John Stott on Conclusions that Count in Sermons

John Stott was a master of preaching. Here is what he believes on preaching for a response. You can read more here. "The conclusion should not merely recapitulate your sermon—it should apply it. Obviously, you should be applying all along, but you should keep something for the end which will prevail upon your people to take action. “No summons, no sermon.” Preach through the head to the heart (i.e. the will). The goal of the sermon should be to “storm the citadel of the will and capture it for Je … [Read more...]

Steve Lawson on the Dangers Facing the Church

This quote is from Steve Lawson:"Two deadly dangers face the church as it advances into the 21st century.The first threat is the wholesale devaluing of preaching itself. In this paradigm shift, biblical preaching is being displaced by other things. Exposition is being replaced by entertainment; theology for theatrics; [the] unfolding drama of redemption is being replaced by just plain drama. Preaching is out, dialogue is in. Straightforward exposition is being demoted to secondary status. As bad … [Read more...]

MLJ – What is the Greatest Need of the Church?

"The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the greatest need of the world also."Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, p. 9Read more . . . … [Read more...]

John Piper on Exultation in Preaching

This from John Piper:"God exists to be worshipped—to be admired and treasured and desired and praised. Therefore, the Word of God is written primarily to produce worship. This means that if that Word is handled like a hot-dish recipe or a repair manual, it is mishandled. And the people will suffer. The Truth of God begs to be handled with exultation. And our hearts yearn for this and need it. Something in us starts to die when precious and infinitely valuable realities are handled without f … [Read more...]


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