A word for every preacher this weekend

E.M. Bounds

More from E. M. Bounds. I found this personally challenging as I prepare to preach tomorrow at Jubilee Enfield. Please pray for me that I will preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are preaching tomorrow too, then join me in "urgent prayer for Gods presence." We may excuse the spiritual poverty of our preaching in many ways, but the true secret will be found in the lack of urgent prayer for God’s presence in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are preachers innumerable who can deliver m … [Read more...]

“The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching.”

E.M. Bounds

I have been very slowly working my way through E. M. Bounds' Complete Works On Prayer. It is packed full of passages which, like the quote I will share below, challenge me profoundly. But Bounds has a way of convicting me without leaving me feeling condemned.We have a choice when we read passages like the one that follows. We can either dismiss them, saying the authors lived in a different time, and that the pace of modern life prevents us from really praying as they did. Or we can make a … [Read more...]

“The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men”

E.M. Bounds

E.M. Bounds was not overly enamored with church growth methods or management techniques. He believed real power comes from a different source: the Holy Spirit anointing a man. Those who want to reject the celebrity preacher culture do need to beware that they don't also reject the way God works by raising up men to do his work: We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for … [Read more...]

A call for a new kind of theology to be written and preached

My pastor and I, Tope Koleoso often recall @bobrobertsjr saying that he believes a new type of theology needs to be written that is accessible & assumes nothing.Over the last few days I have found myself writing a few tweets that explain this a concept a bit more.  I thought I would share these bite sized thoughts, slightly expanded for more clarity at times, here in one post.  Sometimes  a string of thoughts hits me like that, even when I wasn't planning it. Its one of the things I love … [Read more...]

Spare a thought for preachers this week: Easter Sermon ideas

For most churches, Easter Sunday will be one of the biggest services of the whole year. It is one of those times that people will come out to church. And so you would think that preachers would be relishing preaching this Sunday. Most will. But it can be harder than you think to come up with something that is fresh without being original. This is not the Sunday to be creating a new heresy. In fact no fewer than four out of my top ten most popular posts this week are about Easter preaching, and … [Read more...]

Plagiarism Principles for Pastors after the Mark Driscoll controversy

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There are some controversies online that I chose to sit out deliberately. In recent weeks there has been one such raging on the subject of plagiarism. Certain accusations were made about Mark Driscoll in a radio interview online which was then withdrawn from the Internet, whilst some "citation errors" were then acknowledged by Mars Hill. The use of research assistants and even ghost writers by a number of well-known pastors  has also been discussed. I am not interested in commenting on the … [Read more...]

“Remember the poor” – by Simon Pettit

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This is a sermon that changed a movement. Anybody who has been in the same family of churches as me for any length of time will probably have heard mention of this sermon by Simon Pettit. Until now it has not been available to watch online. This really was a transforming message, and as a direct result of this sermon countless ministries to help the poor were started by Newfrontiers churches. The impact of this talk is still being felt today many years later.If you are an Evangelical who is … [Read more...]

Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones sermon

The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust have made available another free sermon on their website. It is the one recording that they have of MLJ preaching from the Book of Judges – a sermon titled ‘A Right View of Life’.Click to listen to or download ‘A Right View of Life’Also check out a previous guest post by Robin Lane from the D. M. Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust. … [Read more...]

Ministers need to be filled with the Holy Spirit – Spurgeon

Spurgeon spent a whole sermon arguing for the desperate need of the preacher to be annointed of the Holy Spirit in order that souls may be saved. We would do well to listen and be inspired to cry out to God for greater fullness of the Spirit on our leaders:There is a necessity that the preacher himself, if we are to have souls saved, should be under the influence of the Spirit. I have constantly made it my prayer that I might be guided by the Spirit even in the smallest and least important … [Read more...]

Sermon Preparation by Terry Virgo

In this segment of Terry Virgo's video series he is asked, How long does it take him to take to prepare a sermon? His answer is illuminating and strangely encouraging given that he is such a well known and well respected preacher. It is worth watching the whole video: "The time it takes to prepare can so vary with the theme. Sometimes you can be living with the theme weeks before you preach it . . . Other times in the week run up to the preach I haven't got a clue what I am going to do. Im … [Read more...]


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