• Preaching •
August 11, 2005
Authentic expository preaching is marked by three distinct marks or characteristics: authority, reverence, and centrality. Expository preaching is authoritative because it stands upon the very authority of the Bible as the word of God. Such preaching requires and reinforces a sense of reverent expectation on the part of God's people. Finally, expository preaching demands the central place in Christian worship and is respected as the event through which the living God speaks to his people.
August 10, 2005
If preaching is central to Christian worship, what kind of preaching are we talking about? The sheer weightlessness of much contemporary preaching is a severe indictment of our superficial Christianity. When the pulpit ministry lacks substance, the church is severed from the word of God, and its health and faithfulness are immediately diminished.
August 9, 2005
Expository preaching is central, irreducible, and nonnegotiable to the Bible’s mission of authentic worship that pleases God. John Stott’s simple declaration states the issue boldly: “Preaching is indispensable to Christianity.” More specifically, preaching is indispensable to Christian worship–and not only indispensable, but central.
July 24, 2005
A. W. Tozer was one of the great Christian writers of the last century — a man whose pen was both eloquent and courageous. Here is an excerpt from his prayer as a preacher seeking God’s power and glory:
June 24, 2005
June 22, 2005
Has preaching fallen on hard times? An open debate is now being waged over the character and centrality of preaching in the church. At stake is nothing less than the integrity of Christian worship and proclamation. How did this happen? And how do we recover?
June 21, 2005
June 5, 2005
Charles H. Spurgeon delivered a timely and honest message to preachers on May 15, 1890. Spurgeon’s text was Ezekiel 37:9 and his concern was the preacher’s dependence upon the power and blessing of God. The passage seems particularly appropriate for our own day:
“Look you, sir, you may study your sermon; you may examine the original of your text; you may critically follow it out in all its bearings; you may go and preach it with great correctness of expression; but you cannot quicken a soul by that sermon. You may go up into your pulpit; you may illustrate, explain, and enforce the truth; with mighty rhetoric you may charm your hearers; you may hold them spellbound; but no eloquence of yours can raise the dead. . . . You may organize your societies, you may have excellent methods, you may diligently pursue this course and that; but when you have done all, nothing comes of it if the effort stands by itself. Only as the Spirit of God shall bless men by you, shall they receive a blessing through you. Whatever your ability or experience, it is the Spirit of God, who must bless your labour. Therefore, never go to this service with a boast upon your lip of what you can do, or with the slightest trace of self-confidence; else will you go in a spirit which will prevent the Holy Ghost from working with or through you.
O brethren, think nothing of us who preach to you! If ever you do, our power will be gone. If you begin to suppose that such and such a minister having been blessed of God to so many thousands will necessarily be the means of the conversion of your friend, you are imputing to a son of man what belongs only to the Son of God; and you will assuredly do that pastor or that minister a serious mischief by tolerating in your heart so idolatrous a thought. We are nothing; you are nothing. ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts,’ is a message that should make us lie in the dust and utterly despair of doing anything in and of ourselves, seeing that all the power is of God alone. It will do us good to be very empty, to be very weak, to be very distrustful of self, and so to go about our Master’s work.”
See “Come From the Four Winds, O Breath!” by Charles H. Spurgeon, preached at Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, May 15, 1890.
For an excellent Web resource featuring the work of Charles H. Spurgeon, visit www.spurgeon.org, established and maintained by Phillip R. Johnson.
May 24, 2005
On Saturday, May 21, Dr. Mohler addressed the class of 2005 at Union University’s Commencement ceremony. The time for all of us is far shorter than first appears, he told the graduates. In that light, what exactly should we do with the time we have been given? Today, we continue with Dr. Mohler’s remarks.