Books to Help You Read The Bible

We have been speaking about preaching and the importance of Christians understanding the message of the Bible. We are drawing near to the end of this extended series. I felt, however, that I should not leave the series without sharing a few resources with you that are still fairly new and will definitely help you to study the Bible yourself.The last year or so has been a great year for Christian publishing, with some fantastic books being published. The following list is some of the best of … [Read more...]

Mark Dever on Expositional Preaching – The 1st of 9 Marks of a Healthy Church

I am drawing close to the end of my longstanding series on preaching based on the Together For The Gospel Statement, Article 4. This does not mean, of course, that the subject of preaching will disappear from this blog—far from it. Since this is a blog by a preacher, and many of my readers are preachers, this topic is never far away and will keep returning. Indeed, in many ways the whole blog is relevant to the subject of preaching and living the Bible's message.As we get close to the end of t … [Read more...]

What Changes Us In Preaching – Application or Wonder or Both?

John Piper has an interesting aside that several people have pointed out to me in connection with the quotes I have shared from Warren and Lloyd-Jones on the vital place of application.In it Piper argues that, rather than application, it is the inducing of "wonder" in the hearer that leads to transformation. I ask: Why does it have to be one or the other? I know that a state of wonder that is not then driven home by the preacher can definitely leave me wondering how to apply the truth and how to … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Steve Weaver on Expository Preaching

At the beginning of this year, Steve Weaver posted a multi-part series on expository preaching. I thought I would share a few quotes from this series for you — it is well worth a read if you haven’t already found it."What role does prayer play in the preparation of an expository sermon? Prayer should both precede and permeate your study time. Whenever I open God's Word I almost always pray, "Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your law" (Psalm 119:18). But prayer is not just som … [Read more...]

How Stories Change Our Worldview

Andrew Fountain has a great article today on the vital place of stories in shaping the way we see the world. Go and read the whole thing or listen to his sermon which was informed by this approach:There are four levels at which we operate:BehaviourTeachingsAttitudesWorldviewBehaviour can be altered to some extent by external pressure (although ultimately it flows from the underlying layers). Teachings can be taught. Attitudes are far more difficult and need to be taught by example, as Paul and … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Lloyd-Jones on Applying Biblical Truth

I have been addressing the subject of expositional preaching for some time now. I shared a quote from Rick Warren about the vital need for us to learn to apply Scripture. It seems Martyn Lloyd-Jones agrees. This quote is taken once again from the excellent Logos ML-J library. “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 … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Rick Warren on the Point of Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous post in this series described some of the stereotyped differences in preaching between black and white preachers and what each can learn from the other. In the article I wrote for SermonCentral on technology and preaching, I ended by making the point that we must be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking the preacher’s task is over when we have unpacked a B … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Multicolored Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous post in this series warned of some of the dangers of expository preaching.I found this fantastic quote from the pen of Thabiti Anyabwile over at Pure Church describing what preachers who are stereotypically black and those who are stereotypically white MUST learn from each other: “Black preaching” is stereotypically thought to be emotional, even cathartic, rhythmic, … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – The Dangers of Expository Preaching

This continues our series on preaching, which is based on the fourth article of the Together for the Gospel Statement. The previous two posts in this series provided outlines for good sermon preparation from John Stott and Alistair Begg. While Expository Thoughts is certainly committed to preaching that is well prepared, they have a great post which points out a trap we can all too easily fall into — even those of us who haven't been to seminary!“. . . It is easy for us as preachers to slip into … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Sermon Preparation by John Stott

I cannot independently confirm the source of this, but I found the following over at Unashamed Workman, described as John Stott’s advice on sermon preparation. If anyone can verify the source I will, of course, acknowledge it. Alistair Begg provides additional thoughts on this subject in my previous post, which can be found here. I. Choose Your Text A. It is best to rely on expository book studies for the steady diet of your people, because this ensures they will get “the whole counsel of God.” B … [Read more...]


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