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...]

The Integrity of the Word of God

As a scientist, I have been raised with the idea that there is, indeed, such a thing as absolute truth. Either something has mass or it doesn’t. Either I will fall down because of gravity or float because I am in space. How can theology be any different? Give me someone who absolutely rejects the message of the Bible and the existence of its God any day over someone who tries to blur boundaries and talk about the “spiritual meaning” of events that they believe are basically lies. Quite simply, it … [Read more...]

Four Dangers of Preaching Slowly Through a Book of the Bible

I should say up front that this is an illusion. I may seem to be back from my blogging break over Christmas and the New Year, but the truth is, I am not. I need all my spare time at the moment to work on my book. So I'm planning to share some extracts from a series of posts I wrote previously on preaching. I have set up my blog to do this entirely automatically every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy this series. Please, also, remember to pray for me as I am … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conviction of Sin Essential for Salvation

I wonder—when was the last time you heard another Christian preach or speak about conviction of sin? When was the last time you saw someone on the brink of salvation in tears of anxiety and burden because of a distinct awareness of their sinfulness? It seems to me that true conviction is not present as much as it should be today. If Spurgeon is right, if anyone has not experienced it, we should be very concerned about the validity of their salvation. "First, regeneration will be shown in c … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conversions are God's Stamp of Approval on Preaching

I've been sharing a number of quotes from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. Today I thought I'd share one which is quite striking. It argues that since conversion is a miracle, it is by a trail of such miracles we can know if someone is called to preach. "A new and heavenly mind must be created by omnipotence, or the man must abide in death. You see, then, that we have before us a mighty work, for which we are of ourselves totally incapable. No minister living can save a soul; nor can all of us … [Read more...]

Is Man Bipartate or Tripartate?

One of the interesting controversies of theology is the nature of man. Many assume we are tripartate — body, soul, and spirit. Others argue strongly that Scripture suggests we only have two parts — body and soul/spirit. In today's quote from Spurgeon, he seems to suggest we have two parts before salvation and three parts after. I would be interested in your thoughts on this. Do you think he was right? Have you heard anyone else teach this? You can discuss this over at this blog's Facebook gro … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]