Develop an engaging outline that expounds the passage faithfully.

The Introduction: Connecting Your Audience to Your Text

By | 2017-07-06T21:02:36+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Preparation|

When writing your sermon, the introduction is your entrance or your on-ramp. You need to get them on board right away. Rather than assuming their attention, you need to win it quickly and set it on the right thing. Those are the two ingredients to effective introductions. First, you want to win their attention [...]

The Homiletical Cart and The Hermeneutical Horse

By | 2017-06-21T20:16:43+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Preparation|

It’s as ironic as it is frightening—a biblical text that preachers are suitably familiar with, as well as celebrate, is also one they are tempted to butcher weekly. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be [...]

5 Tips for Preaching Better Sermons in Less Time

By | 2017-03-21T16:40:04+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Preparation|

Any person who works against the clock for a living understands the tension. Don’t rush but be on time. If you work too hurriedly, you will not produce the best results. If you linger too long, you won’t produce any. Preachers work against weekly countdowns. No matter how you planned your week (or didn’t), [...]

Luther on Lazy Preaching: Three Signs of Laziness to Avoid in Sermon Preparation

By | 2017-03-15T03:51:02+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Preparation|

The Reformers elevated the role of preaching in various ways. They emphasized that sermons should be in the vernacular of the people so that preaching is clear and understandable.  They accentuated the importance of the education and training of the pastor so that preaching is informed and responsible. But Luther, for one, also wanted [...]

Quoting Epimenides: Find Great Illustrations of the Gospel in Secular Reads

By | 2017-03-04T02:58:25+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Preparation|

Paul was an expositor of Scripture who knew how to connect with listeners.  One strategy he employed was to reference secular authors.  He would do this when speaking to an unbelieving audience (Acts 17:28) and he would do this when writing to another minister of the Word (Titus 1:12).  In both cases he was quoting [...]

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