Preaching is more than sharing the fruit of exegetical work out loud, but it cannot be less.
Boring people through preaching is too dangerous to let it happen even once more.
When we preach the Bible, let’s not settle for a tips-for-life kind of relevance.
We must be careful not to offer guarantees that the text does not yield.
The nature of the body of Christ indicates that you need to receive from the gifting of others, for they are gifted to build you up.
Your words can urge, convict, enthuse, or offer clarification of application. But let’s make sure our words build up, giving grace to those who hear.
Preach to present Christ. Offer Christ rather than a program for self-improvement. Invite people to know and to love Him.
Let’s take to heart the strength of Jesus’ conclusion to his famous Sermon on the Mount for ourselves and for others.
A good expository preacher knows that a story has its own way of carrying and conveying its point.
It does take effort, and prayer, and time, to make sense of the Bible, but no matter how tough some parts may be, it can be understood.
What we had heard about Italy is that there is a great need for the gospel and that there are few resources and few active gospel works. One idea is true, the other is false.
Once people trust Christ, what do we pray for? Often it seems to shift to the more mundane matters of health and career.
Whatever gifting one has, it is important to be a good steward of that gifting. We should “fan into flame” what God has put in us.
Lives are not transformed by to-do lists. They can help, but they remain mostly on the surface.
Tim Keller and Harry Reeder have ministered and helped generations. Let's pray God will continue to raise up new preachers like them.
We have probably all made some, or all, of these mistakes.
God’s pattern is for suffering now to be followed by glory later. It was true for Jesus, for Peter’s readers then, and it is true for Peter’s readers now.
Let us appreciate the privilege of gathered worship and declare with joy that this world is a lie.
Let’s learn to handle Biblical narratives well so that they can do their mighty work in our hearts and those who will hear us.
Good observation of the details in a passage will set us up to accurately learn what the text means.
The more closely we look at and observe the text, the easier it will be to accurately learn what the text means.
Seek to define the values of the church and aspire to be a church that God will trust with newcomers and new believers.
What does the text say? What does the text mean? What should the text stir? This is the Bible study process.
We seek to make that main idea so clear, transformative, evident from the text and applicationally earthed, that we will genuinely have preached the text before we sit down.
Learning to think clearly about your own thinking is a critical skill for the preacher. Study more. Study longer. Study humble. Study persistently.