This post will be a brief investigation into Adrian Rogers sermons and his homiletical approach. Christianity and the work of the Great Commission was altered when we lost this giant of the faith. Yet he left for us hundreds and hundreds of sermons and works related to the ministry so we can continue in more effective service for our Lord. Following are a few thoughts related to Adrian Rogers sermons that I trust will be beneficial to the reader.
Adrian Rogers Sermons: The Foundation
When asked what was the central aspect of preaching, Rogers noted:
The preacher should never preach theology; rather the man of God must preach the Christ of Scripture.
The foundation of Adrian Rogers sermons was and remained Jesus Christ. He never waivered in that conviction that Jesus should be the central and foundational aspect of our preaching regardless of the culture or the demands of society. Rogers noted that the Hero of the Bible is Jesus, the villain of the Bible is Satan, and the theme of the Bible is “Jesus saves.” In many of Adrian Rogers sermons you can see all three of these aspects and in ALL of his sermons the “Jesus saves” theme is prominent.
The objective of preaching should be that people become more like Christ. ~ Adrian Rogers
Rogers noted that too often pastors and preachers focused too much on the woes of society rather than on the solution to those woes: Jesus Christ.
We would do well, as expositors, to take this principle of Christ-centered preaching and apply it to our preaching ministry.
I would add that the primary purpose of preaching Christ is to glorify His Heavenly Father (see chapter 1 of Crossing the Homiletical Bridge).
Adrian Rogers Sermons: Sermon Development
The following is a striking comment for preachers and one that garners the effectiveness of Adrian Rogers Sermons.
The preacher aims to confront, convict, convert, and comfort men and women through the preaching of biblical concepts. So, I would identify five characteristics that mark an effective sermon; it will be biblical in content, applicable, pertinent, understandable, and move to action; thus challenging the individual in some constructive manner.
An effective sermon, for Rogers, was one that moved people toward effective action. If a call to action is not provided by the preacher, then a sermon has not been truly preached.
“For our preaching to be biblical, the message must be based on the Word of
God, presented by a messenger who lives under the authority of that Word,
organized in a manner that instructs the mind and moves the heart and captures
the will, and interpreted and applied in a way that is true (intrinsic) to the text.”
-Warren Wiersbe, Preaching With Imagination, p. 307
Adrian Rogers Sermons: A Final Thought
Rogers shared some words of conviction that drives at the heart of a truly God-called servant of God:
I’m willing to compromise about many things, but not the Word of God.
The authority of Scripture is a key issue for the Christian Church in this and every age. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are called to show the reality of their discipleship by humbly and faithfully obeying God’s written Word. To stray from Scripture in faith or conduct is disloyalty to our Master. Recognition of the total truth and trustworthiness of Holy Scripture is essential to a full grasp and adequate confession of its authority. ~ Opening Paragraph of the Preface of the The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
Adrian Rogers sermons reflected the heart of a true expositor. I was changed and shaped by his preaching. I preach solely from an expository perspective. I keep the people dominantly in one biblical passage as Rogers did, explain it’s meaning as creatively as I can, and leave the rest to Jesus (as Rogers did). I have been told by countless investigators of the post-modern culture that expository preaching will not connect with that culture. I am sure that there are exceptions to my experience, but I have found that people from all ages, backgrounds, and cultures have had little trouble understanding what I say regarding God’s word from the pulpit. I know that this was true of Adrian Rogers sermons as well.
I trust this brief article on Adrian Rogers sermons has moved you to take these concepts and investigate them even further.
~ Tony Guthrie, Ph.D.
A few resources and links that may contribute the subject of this post:
- Who is Your Favorite Preacher in the SBC? | SBC Voices – Those who have died: Dr. Adrian Rogers; Dr. J. Vernon McGee; EV Hill; Oliver B. Greene; and many, many others… … Mind you, Pastor Pitman’s sermon was no “your best life now” sermon, but a strong call to follow Christ.
- Monday Exposition Idea:Beware of Loving It Without Living It … – Dr. Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) tells,. The great Southern Baptist preacher Dr. R. G. Lee [1886-1978] once preached a sermon against sin. He didn’t pull any punches, but preached as hard as God gave him liberty to preach.
- Monday Exposition Idea: Success and Failure Under God – SBC Today – … of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice. These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion. …. Many years ago, Dr. Adrian P. Rogers (1931-2005) autographed and inscribed a copy of his book titled, God’s Way to Health, Wealth, and Wisdom. Dr. Rogers forthrightly explains in the Introduction, …
- Calvinists and The Gospel Project | SBC Voices – I’ve learned and benefited much from preachers like Adrian Rogers, and I even taught a small group class following his book What Every Christian Ought to Know. I subscribe to all five points of ….. My ordaining pastor had two sermons that were outstanding for urging and inducing sinners to seek Christ, and I heard one of the leading Independent Sovereign Grace Preachers preach a sermon on Ten Things a Man can do in Seeking Salvation. I have also ready in …
- Q&A with Bryan Chapell on Christ-centered preaching – News – SBTS – Bryan Chapell serves as the president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., as well as professor of practical theology there. He is the author of several books, including “Christ-Centered Preaching” and most …
- Church Renewal » One Thing Needed: Practical Preaching – As a result of powerful, practical Christ-centered preaching, the church experienced growth, cultivated intimate worship, witnessed in the face of persecution, and formed communities of faith and love in a hostile culture. This is …
- Why Escondido Professor R. Scott Clark publicly called me a jerk – Check out Dr. T. David Gordon in his book “Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers” ( P & R 2009) when he contrasts Christ-centered preaching with “Introspection”. “Some of the neo-Puritans …
- Presuppositions for Preaching – Reformed Forum – Kevin Fiske says: March 6, 2013 at 8:56 am. Really enjoyed the program, guys! Thanks for the heads-up on so many resources for the Christ-centered preaching of the OT. Reply. Adam York says: March 6, 2013 at 9:36 am.
- The Gospel Project Panel: Why Talk about Christ-Centered … – Recently, I was on a panel about Christ-centered preaching with Ed Stetzer, Trevin Wax, and Eric Hankins. You can listen to that discussion here. I had a lot of fun and was sharpened by the discussion. I wanted to take this …
- Christ-Centered Preaching (Part 3): Practical Application in Christ … – Christ-Centered Preaching (Part 3): Practical Application in Christ-Centered Expository. Tweet · Pin It. This is my third and final post in a three part series (part one, part two) on Christ-centered preaching and teaching. At the Southern Baptist …
- The Gospel Project Panel: Christ-Centered Preaching | Baptist … – tgp_graphic. Recently, the Gospel Project hosted a panel at the SBC on “Christ-Centered Preaching” with Ed Stetzer, Trevin Wax, Eric Hankins, and Baptist21′s Jon Akin. You can listen to that discussion here. Read More …
- Over 20 Free Graduate Level Christian Courses on mp3/Podcast … – Covenant Worldwide, a ministry of Covenant Theological Seminary, has made over twenty graduate courses available for free download. These not only contain the.
- Do Not Forsake the Assembly – Why Church Attendance/Christian … – This is one of the commandments of scripture. However, lately there have been people who call themselves christians and have no desire to have regular fellowship with other believers, whether that be in an established …
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