A Plea for Biblical Preaching
Alexander Maclaren Genesis
E. M. Bounds The Necessity of Prayer is a great Christian classic.
Romans 1:16 The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Full preaching outline)
Preaching is not merely talk about God. It is God Himself working through the message and personality of the preacher confronting men and bringing them to Himself.
Power exists in the spoken word. “For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, that we may be mutually comforted by one another’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:11-12 NET).
Effective Biblical preaching brings about change in people’s lives. In the Greek city of Thessalonica “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 1:10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 NET). That is what happens when you receive the Word of God.
It is not a “happy talk” at the Christian happy hour on Sunday morning. . . . continue
A Serious Call to
Proofs of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
will help you to preach with conviction this Easter. Matthew Arnold said,
“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the best attested fact in history.”
Are You Ready to Preach?
In Psalm 51:12-13 the psalmist prayed: "Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee" (KJV).
John Wesley was one of the greatest preachers in church history. He had a mother who was one of the grandest Christians that every lived. His father, both grandfathers and great grandfather had all been preachers. He was an Oxford man, a man of passionate prayer, deeply religious, and a missionary who had gone to America to convert the Indians.
However, it was not until he went to a little meeting on Aldersgate Street that he was ignited by a fire from heaven and became one of the most amazing human firebrands in church history.
It is amazing how such a man can have intellectual ability, personal appeal, and charisma, and not be ready to preach.
Dwight L. Moody was another man who was ignited by divine fire. There is a grand difference between spiritual preparation by the hand of God upon a man, and the well meant striving in the flesh.
We have all the professional facts, the program formulas and financial provisions, but it amounts to little more than "strange fire," like the sons of Aaron (Num. 3:4). We have "strange fire" in many churches. But where is the true fire of God that burns in the soul of the God called man?
The indwelling presence of God flows like a river of living water. The outflow and overflow come only when we spend time with Him. There must be a confrontation with God. Moody said, "I've been carrying buckets of water. Now I have a river that carries me."
We're not ready to strengthen the brethren and feed the sheep until we have spent time with the Shepherd. Like the psalmist we ask, "Could there be something the matter with me?" Robert Murray M'Cheyne said, "My people's greatest need is my personal holiness." How is my relationship with the Master?
You cannot remove the direct relationship between effectiveness in the pulpit and our intimate personal relationship with God. Our pulpit credibility depends upon our personal character. . . . continue
Christ in you
"There is not an hour of the day or night that I am not conscious of Someone who is closer to me than my heart or my brain. I know that He is living in me, and it is the continual inflowing of the life of Another. If I had not that I could not live. My old constitutional strength gave out long, long ago, but Someone breathed in me gently, who no violence, no strange thrills, but just His wholesome life" --A. B. Simpson.
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How would we prepare our sermons if we knew Jesus was going to be sitting in the pew this Sunday? He will be. continue
Al Mohler, Jr says, "The decline of church discipline is perhaps the most visible failure of the contemporary church. No longer concerned with maintaining purity of confession or lifestyle, the contemporary church sees itself as a voluntary association of autonomous members, with minimal moral accountability to God, much less to each other."
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