How to Be An Effective Bible Teacher

So, you want to know how to be an effective Bible teacher? There are a few possible reasons you searched for and found this page:

Maybe you have been teaching for years and you just want to add fresh aspects to your teaching approach.
OR perhaps you have just been asked to teach an established class and you feel overwhelmed and clueless as to what to do.
OR you know you are a good teacher […] Continue Reading…

How to Prepare a Sermon

For a lot of folks entering the work of the church the question of how to prepare a sermon tends to be prominent. Unfortunately you can’t learn the process by reading a blog post or two. However, there are a number of resources available, many for free, that can get you going in the right direction. On this website is a plethora of videos, writings, and examples that I have put together to help […] Continue Reading…

Expository Sermon Outlines

Expository Sermon Outlines: User-Friendly Outlines
Expository Sermon Outlines

In this post I discuss in detail expository preaching outlines. A good rule of thumb is to create and develop outline points that the listener can understand if all he or she had was a Bible and the written outline. As he or she reads the passage and observes the expository sermon outline points it should be obvious how the selected text dramatically relates […] Continue Reading…

Who Should Teach Biblical Hermeneutics?

biblical hermeneutics

Shouldn’t biblical hermeneutics be taught by a preaching professor?  🙂  My Ph.D. is in Preaching. This means that I have been “trained” to the maximum in homiletics, human communication theory, the history of preaching, and hermeneutics (biblical interpretation). I have read enumerable books and journal articles related to preaching, public speaking, audience analysis, sermon development, and sermon delivery. I have taught countless courses in expository preaching, sermon delivery, and Christian rhetoric. I have mentored […] Continue Reading…

Power of Observation

For some preachers and teachers the power of observation has not been fully grasped. The ability to see the central idea of the text can be, for some, quite a challenge. The desire to preach “spiritual truth” drives him to seek out those deep spiritual pearls within the text. Often the approach is similar to walking along the beach looking for shells. “I hope I can find a really good one on this beach […] Continue Reading…

Expository Preaching – Introductions

The Introduction

Some preaching theorists instruct preachers that the Introduction should be developed as the final step in sermon construction. As Vines and Shaddix argued, “Most preachers find it rather difficult to introduce something before they know what they are introducing.”[1] This indeed is logical advice, but again, it really comes down to a preacher’s style, study habits, and understanding of his listeners.

There have been many times when after I had determined the propositional direction […] Continue Reading…

Challenges of the Introduction

The Challenges of the Introduction

             In the preaching event our audience usually is a captive one. This means that it is unlikely that any one will get up and leave. This does not mean, however, that those listening are automatically interested or will be engaged in the message. Preachers must be willing and able to rise to the challenges an Introduction presents. Following are some of the purposes of the sermon introduction.

Gaining Attention/Interest

Experts in […] Continue Reading…

Expository Preaching Defined – Part 5 – Fulfilling God’s Purposes

In this final post on my definition of expository preaching I am merging the final two aspects. Today I am writing about the apects of assembled body and the fulfilling of God’s purposes:
EXPOSITORY PREACHING IS: “THE ORAL PROCLAMATION OF A PROPERLY INTERPRETED PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE, IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, BY A GOD-CALLED MESSENGER, TO AN ASSEMBLED BODY, FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF HIS PURPOSES.
Expository Preaching: Assembled Body
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Expository Preaching Defined Part 4 – Holy Spirit Power

Expository Preaching and Holy Spirit Power
In this post I will provide some brief insights into Holy Spirit power in expository preaching.
Expository Preaching is: “The oral proclamation of a properly interpreted passage of Scripture, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by a God-called messenger, to an assembled body, for the glory of God and the accomplishment of His purposes.”
            “1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech […] Continue Reading…

Expository Preaching Defined – Part 3 Call to Preach

A Call to Preach: God-Called Messenger

In this post I am discussing the third aspect of my definition of expository preaching. The call to preach … the God-called messenger:
Expository Preaching is: “The oral proclamation of a properly interpreted passage of Scripture, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by a God-called messenger, to an assembled body, for the glory of God and the accomplishment of His purposes.”
New Orleans Baptist Seminary Chapel

             When […] Continue Reading…

Expository Preaching Defined – Part 2 Interpreting a Biblical Passage

Properly Interpreted Biblical Passage
Expository Preaching is: “The oral proclamation of a properly interpreted passage of Scripture, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by a God-called messenger, to an assembled body, for the glory of God and the accomplishment of His purposes.”
In the previous post I addressed the first aspect of my definition of expository preaching: oral proclamation. In this article I will develop the idea of properly interpreting a biblical passage. 

In simple terms […] Continue Reading…

Expository Preaching Defined Part 1

“How is biblical preaching defined?” Again, one of the aspects of virtually any book related to the subject of expository preaching is that the book usually contains the author’s definition of the subject.

When I entered doctoral studies my program chairman handed me a document that we called the Reading List. Well over 150 books were to be read over a two year period. All of the books were related to the subject of preaching. […] Continue Reading…

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