Preaching God's Word
People in churches today are hungry for a word from God. Preachers need to prepare and deliver sound biblical sermons that connect with their audience in a meaningful way. Whether you are a student new to preaching or a veteran...
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People in churches today are hungry for a word from God. Preachers need to prepare and deliver sound biblical sermons that connect with their audience in a meaningful way. Whether you are a student new to preaching or a veteran looking to brush up your preaching skills, here is a valuable resource.Good preaching begins with good exegesis. Preaching God's Word walks you through the steps of the "Interpretive Journey" from the biblical text to contemporary application: - Grasp the text in "Their Town" (what it meant to the original audience).- Measure the width of the river that separates the biblical context from today.- Cross the "Principalizing Bridge" by identifying the timeless theological principles.- Grasp the text in "Our Town."While the science of solid biblical interpretation is essential to effective preaching, it must be married to the art of contemporary communication in order to bring the message home. Preaching God's Word also shows you how to understand your audience, de
15 Chapters Divided Into Three Parts: Developing And Preaching Biblical Sermon Preaching The New Testament Preaching Old Testament
Scott Duvall (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the co-author with George H. Guthrie of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and with Terry G.Carter and J. Daniel Hays of the textbook Preaching God's Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon and also Grasping God's Word; Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times and Journey into God's Word.. His most recent pubication is Experiencing God's Story of Life and Hope.
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Terry G. Carter (PhD, Southwesterrn Baptist Theological Seminary) is chair of the department of Christian ministries and holder of the W.O. Vaught Chair in the Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He teaches homiletics, pastoral ministry, Christian history, evangelism and church growth, missions, and survey of the Bible. He is author of The Journal and Selected Letters of William Carey. A
J. Daniel Hays ( PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Elma Cobb Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University, where his educational specialty is Old Testament and biblical interpretation. He has published articles in Bible Review and Bibliotheca Sacra, as well as in the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, and with Terry G.Carter and J. Daniel Hays the textbook Preaching God's Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon and also Grasping God's Word; Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times and Journey into God's Word.
- Part 1: Developing And Preaching A Biblical Sermon
- 1. Preaching A Biblical Sermon...21
- 2. Discovering Biblical Truth: The Interpretive Journey...41
- 3. Preaching The Meaning In Their Town...69
- 4. Exegeting The Audience...84
- 5. Communicating The Meaning In Our Town...99
- 6. Applying The Message...116
- 7. Illustrating Biblical Truth...133
- 8. Delivering A Biblical Sermon...150
- Part 2: Preaching The New Testament
- 9. Preaching Letters...171
- 10. Preaching The Gospels And Acts...187
- 11. Preaching Revelation...204
- Part 3: Preaching The Old Testament
- 12. Preaching Old Testament Narrative...223
- 13. Preaching The Law...237
- 14. Preaching The Prophets...251
- 15. Preaching Psalms And Wisdom Literature...268
- Scripture Index...291
- Subject Index...295
Part 1 Developing and Preaching a Biblical Sermon Step 1 Grasp the Meaning of the Text in Their Town Step 2 Measure the Width of the Interpretive River Step 3 Cross the Principlizing Bridge Step 4 Grasp the Text in Our Town Step 5 Exegete Your Congregation Step 6 Determine How Much Background Material to Include Step 7 Determine the Sermon Thesis and Main Points Step 8 Develop Text-Centered Applications Step 9 Find Illustrations Step 10 Write Out the Sermon and Practice Delivery Preaching a Biblical Sermon 1 Have you ever experienced the preaching of John R. W. Stott or Eugene Lowery or Tony Campolo? Stott is calm in presentation and fills sermons with background information from biblical times. He is intentional in his outline and lays out the truths clearly. Lowery is free in his approach and fills his sermon with narrative and colorful language to lead the audience in discovering the truth from the text. Campolo is a whirl of activity and excitement, filling his sermons with stories of exploits of radical ministry. In our homiletics classes we want our students to be exposed to preachers like these. Each of these preachers possesses a style of preaching so different from the other two that one wonders how in the world what each does in the pulpit can be called preaching in the same sense. And yet each continues to enthrall audiences with unique presentations of God's Word. How can these three men be so different and yet so effective with their preaching ministries? What common feature in their sermons endears them to congregations and continues to place them in the category of great preachers? For that matter, what will it take for you with your own unique style to establish an effective preaching ministry? We think we have an answer to those questions, and that is the purpose of this textbook on preaching.We believe all three of these men, and many more like them, exhibit an understanding of biblical preaching. They approach it in different ways and present sermons their own way, but in the end they all arrive at the same place. Good preaching is biblical preaching.You are now probably asking yourself what that means.What is biblical preaching and how can I imitate great preachers? This textbook seeks to show you the way--- or at least a way to that kind of preaching. Our goal is to help you develop a process that will allow you to preach biblical sermons week in and week out in your own way---sermons that challenge and encourage growth in your congregation. So where do we start? Defining a Biblical Sermon In the 1960s, in A Quest for Reformation in Preaching, H. C. Brown declared that Protestant preaching in America was in a crisis because too many ministers held to 'inadequate and inferior concepts about the ministry in general and preaching in particular.' Unfortunately this 'inadequate and inferior concept' of preaching has probably plagued the church throughout much of its history. Until preachers grasp the goal of the preaching event and come to a clear understanding of how structure and content contribute to that goal, the people in our churches will continue to suffer under weak and ineffective preaching.Therefore, it is imperative in a textbook on homiletics that we come to grips with the most basic building blocks of biblical preaching---how to develop an effective biblical sermon. Obviously a biblical sermon is necessary for biblical preaching. But what exactly is a biblical sermon? One way to define it is to connect the sermon to the concept of biblical authority. In other words, a biblical sermon is one that carries with it high biblical authority. In such a sermon the biblical text serves as the basis of the sermon, and the message communicated through the sermon follows closely the intended meaning of the biblical text, thus drawing its authority from that text. Brown classifies sermons according to how well they reflect the intended meaning of the text. Direct biblical sermons are the best, for they 'employ the natural and logical meaning of the text in a direct, straightforward fashion.' Indirect biblical sermons tend to depart from the intended meaning of the text and stray from the central idea in the scriptural passage. Casual biblical sermons, continues Brown, utilize Scripture in a rather 'free and loose'way. The combination biblical sermon attempts to combine all of the above categories, while the corrupted biblical sermon intentionally or unintentionally abuses the Scripture. The direct biblical sermon carries the highest level of biblical authority. If our goal is to preach with the authority of 'thus says the Lord,' then it is critical that we ground our sermons firmly and directly in the Bible. That is, we should endeavor to develop and preach direct biblical sermons. Beginning the Sermon Process A biblical sermon first requires a text. The Latin term for text (textus) comes from a root word connected to the concept of weaving a fabric. As the original inspired human authors of the Scriptures wove together the words of God to declare his message, so we, too, strive to declare this same message. In biblical preaching the text becomes the material or fabric to be woven into the sermon.When we declare a text from the pulpit, the sermon to follow should reflect that biblical passage in its points, theme, and message. It should be clear to the audience that the scriptural passage is the foundation and material of the sermon. A sermon is not a biblical sermon if a passage is merely read and then ignored while the preacher tells funny stories or deals with other unrelated issues. As we discuss in this book, there are different effective styles or types of preaching, but all of them must be grounded in God's Word, and their message must flow from that Word if we are to preach with biblical authority. A few weeks ago I visited a church and sat through two sermons. In both cases the preacher set up a text and stated clearly to the audience that he intended to use that text as a basis for the sermon. After reading it, he began to ramble through a series of subjects from morality to ethics to church.Not once did he ever refer us back to the text, make a point from it, explain it, or even give us cause to look at the Bible again. In other words,we could just close our Bibles and listen, which is what several of us did after a while.Neither sermon possessed a text. Neither showed evidence of the weaving of biblical information or truth. They were not biblical sermons.He missed the idea of a sermon text.We don't want that to happen to you or your audience. But how do you get the meaning of the text? The details of this process appear in the next chapter of this book, but some preliminary considerations are necessary here. In order to utilize a Scripture passage as the text and foundation of a biblical sermon, an exegesis of the text is necessary. To exegete means to work through the text sufficiently to 'bring out' the meaning. The fruit of good exegesis provides more than enough fascinating and relevant material to fill any sermon with principles originating from God. In the exegesis of the text and sermon process you discover the meaning of the text 'in their town,' determine the similarities and differences between our situation and that of the biblical audience, find universal biblical principles, and begin to translate that meaning to your congregation. How do you select a text for preaching? Various preachers answer this question in different ways, but perhaps a summary of some options will prove helpful to you. (1) Personal reading and study of Scripture.Many preachers discover their sermon texts as they perform their own personal study of the Bible. Certain passages speak to them or cause a personal point of growth in their spiritual life.