Our Scripture verse on preaching is 1 Corinthians 1:17 which reads: "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect."
Our quote on preaching today is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He said, "So many people come to church with a genuine desire to hear what we have to say, yet they are always going back home with the uncomfortable feeling that we are making it too difficult for them to come to Jesus."
In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: "Lectures to My Students" by Charles H. Spurgeon; "The Preacher and his Preaching" by Alfred P. Gibbs; and "Biblical Preaching" by Haddon W. Robinson. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase any one of these books for your personal library from the resources page on our website -- ProclaimPodcast.com.
Our first topic is titled "The Minister's Piety Must be Vigorous, Part 2" from "Lectures to My Students" by Charles H. Spurgeon. He writes:
For some work we choose none but the strong; and when God calls us to ministerial labor we should endeavor to get grace that we may be strengthened into fitness for our position, and not be mere novices carried away by the temptations of Satan, to the injury of the church and our own ruin. We are to stand equipped with the whole armor of God, ready for feats of valor not expected of others: to us self-denial, self-forgetfulness, patience, perseverance, long-suffering, must be every-day virtues, and who is sufficient for these things? We had need live very near to God, if we would approve ourselves in our vocation.
Our second topic is titled "The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 10" from "The Preacher and his Preaching" by Alfred P. Gibbs.
This section is titled: THE PREACHER MUST BE A STUDENT OF THE BIBLE (PART 3)
3. He must study it by diligent application.
There is no royal or easy road to knowledge. It comes through persistent and painstaking study. Someone has said “study consists of the application of the seat of the trousers to the seat of the chair, until such time as the subject has been mastered!” It is the maintenance of this point of contact that calls for earnest and self-denying determination. It is one thing to read, or to hear, or to talk about study; it is an entirely different thing to do it and, more difficult still, to keep on doing it. This is, however, the only way a subject can be mastered.
Our third topic is titled "The Definition of Expository Preaching, Part 8" from "Biblical Preaching" by Haddon W. Robinson. He writes:
Today, we will review what we have learned regarding expository preaching so far and offer some resources for further exploration.
Expository preaching is the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical, and literary study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through the preacher, applies to the hearers.
Our Scripture verse on preaching is 1 Corinthians 1:21 which reads: "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."
Our quote on preaching today is from George Whitefield. He said, "Other men may preach the gospel better than I, but no man can preach a better gospel."
In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: "Lectures to My Students" by Charles H. Spurgeon; "The Preacher and his Preaching" by Alfred P. Gibbs; and "Biblical Preaching" by Haddon W. Robinson.
Our first topic is titled "The Minister's Piety Must be Vigorous, Part 1" from "Lectures to My Students" by Charles H. Spurgeon. He writes:
The minister is not to be content with being equal to the rank and file of Christians, he must be a mature and advanced believer; for the ministry of Christ has been truly called "the choicest of his choice, the elect of his election, a church picked out of the church." If he were called to an ordinary position, and to common work, common grace might perhaps satisfy him, though even then it would be an indolent satisfaction; but being elect to extraordinary labors, and called to a place of unusual peril, he should be anxious to possess that superior strength which alone is adequate to his station. His pulse of vital godliness must beat strongly and regularly; his eye of faith must be bright; his foot of resolution must be firm; his hand of activity must be quick; his whole inner man must be in the highest degree of sanity.
Our second topic is titled "The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 9" from "The Preacher and his Preaching" by Alfred P. Gibbs.
This section is titled: THE PREACHER MUST BE A STUDENT OF THE BIBLE (PART 2)
2. He must be able to quote it from memory.
This necessitates that he commit to memory certain verses and passages of the Bible. This will stand him in good stead as he faces his audience, for the Bible is his authority and final court of appeal. It is God’s ultimatum to humanity. To be able to quote a passage correctly and impressively from the Scriptures will engrave it upon the mind of the hearer, for it will leave the audience in no doubt as to the divine authority of the message.
Our third topic is titled "The Definition of Expository Preaching, Part 7" from "Biblical Preaching" by Haddon W. Robinson. He writes:
The Concept Is Applied to the Hearers (Part 2)
Effective application thrusts us into both theology and ethics. Traveling from exegesis to application, we make a hard trip through life-related and sometimes perplexing questions. In addition to grammatical relationships, we also explore personal and psychological relationships. How do the characters in the text relate to one another? How are they related to God? What values lie behind the choices they make? What apparently went on in the minds of those who were involved? These questions are not directed to the “there and then,” as though God dealt with men and women only back in the “once upon a time.” The same questions can be asked in the “here and now.” How do we relate to one another today? How does God confront us about similar issues? In what way does the modern world compare or contrast with the biblical world? Are the questions dealt with in Scripture the questions people ask today? Are they put forth now in the same way or in different forms? These probings become the raw material of ethics and theology.