Teaching and Preaching: What’s the Difference?

Brothers and sisters, preach the gospel as though you’ve been in the fires yourself. Preach truth to your own heart, your neighbors, your church, your co-workers and your family. Be a herald of the grace you received, through which God declared you righteous by faith in His Son, Jesus.

Ears That Hear but Don’t Listen

Here are three things to consider if you’ve ever felt like you’ve preached to deaf ears or that maybe you’ve had a pair of them yourself. 1.) Listeners have a responsibility to hide the Word in their own hearts. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that IContinue reading “Ears That Hear but Don’t Listen”

Preaching is not the Old Way

The 18th Century preacher, John Wesley, once said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” Wesley clearly believedContinue reading “Preaching is not the Old Way”

Simply Preaching Christ is a Powerful Witness

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to two of my neighbors about Christ. One is a self-proclaimed skeptic, who, when I asked if he minded specifying what he is skeptical about, he said “Just the believability of it all.” The second neighbor has a great appreciation for Christianity, but then again, he hasContinue reading “Simply Preaching Christ is a Powerful Witness”

Treat Every Sermon as an Opportunity of a Lifetime

If you’re a preacher then sermon preparation is part of your life. Whether you write outlines or read your notes verbatim or preach off the cuff (not recommended) it’s a God-given and worthy calling to be developed over time. You should grow and strengthen in this God-given skill for as long as it remains yourContinue reading “Treat Every Sermon as an Opportunity of a Lifetime”