The confinement in our homes is forcing millions to stop abruptly, cancel all our plans, and take time to look in the mirror.
As pastors, ministers, church leaders and preachers, we need to be very confident in God’s Word as we plunge into a global crisis.
Despair, distraction and compromise are three of them.
This situation may be new to most of us, but it is not new for most people, in most of the world, for most of history. This situation is new to us, but it is not new to God’s people.
Spirituality is not given its name because it is connected to the soul or the spiritual part of humanity, but because it comes from the Spirit of God.
For the most part, just decent biblical preaching is the meat and vegetables your church needs to grow healthy and strong.
The starting point is always fellowship with the Father. We cannot give what we are not first receiving.
Are you being poisoned by a sewage pipe of unhelpful input through your phone, through the internet, through what you read or what you watch?
Analysis of the five paradoxes in preaching by John Stott.
There are plenty of reasons why we should preach, but what would you add to this list of rubbish reasons?
While you may use multiple texts, it is not primarily to build the main idea, but rather to reinforce the main idea.
Don’t babysit children when they could be absorbing truth.
Let’s not allow the artificial and temporary newness, to take our focus away from the wonder of all that is new for us in Christ.
That is the beauty of the Psalms. Even though our circumstances are so different, often we will find the Psalm writer putting his words right on top of our feelings.
There is a strong connection between what is going on in the preacher and what will go on in the listeners.
Make sure any flourishes work to support the preaching of the text, not to steal the spotlight away from it.
Speaking the truth may be challenging, but building up takes it to a higher level again.
Perhaps we too easily skim over the more minor characters that fill the pages of our Bibles?
You might be a good communicator, your message might be technically accurate in every detail, but if there is a leap from text to message, then you are undermining the foundational reality that God is a good communicator.
As preachers, as pastors, or as parents, let’s not usurp the Spirit’s role and try to force things along.
What our churches need is for people to have their hearts and minds engaged with the Word of God.
With different speakers (be they team members or visiting speakers), there is potentially some need to introduce the speaker.
Despite all that can go wrong, testimonies can be so powerful.
True biblical preaching is not primarily about outlines. It is about heart-to-heart communication.
Stephen knew that the only listener that ultimately mattered was the one standing to receive him into glory.
Jesus is not in the habit of fanning the flames of our egos as we pray.