Preaching

Warning & Wooing

The ignition of the Great Awakening began at Enfield, Connecticut. It was July 8, 1741, when a local congregation of well-to-do Americans went to church to hear the guest speaker, Jonathan Edwards. He is known in evangelical circles as the man who best articulated a theology of joy. It was Jonathan Edwards who wrote Religious Affections in which he insists that true religion is one that brings joy and satisfaction in Christ alone, and that every decision is made according to man’s greatest desire, and that the only way to live a life pleasing to God is to be so entranced with God’s majesty and beauty, so enraptured with his grace and mercy, that one’s life brims over with the joy of serving him alone. Nascent “Christian hedonism” if you will.

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“Every imperative of Scripture (what we are to do for God) rests on the indicative (who we are in our relationship with God), and the order is not reversible.”

"The human instinct with every non-Christian religion reverses the order, teaching that who we are before God is based on what we do for God. Thus, any preaching that is distinctively Christian must keep listeners from confusing, or inverting, our 'who and our'“do.'" - Bryan Chapell

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Millennials most likely to fact check sermons, Barna study finds

"While 75 percent of respondents said they 'listen carefully,' 17 percent acknowledged that they 'get distracted' while 10 percent reported that they ’fact check’ the sermon. Millennials were the generation with the highest percentage of respondents who said they fact-check, with 16 percent admitting that they do this" - CPost

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Expositional Imposters (Expanded)

"I have heard (and preached!) sermons that intend to be expositional, yet fall somewhat short. Below are a dozen pitfalls: five that don’t make the message of the passage the message of the sermon and thus abuse the text, five that fail to connect the text the congregation, and two that fail to recognise that preaching is ultimately God’s work." - 9 Marks

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“When we remember those men who most faithfully pastored us, we probably think of more than their sermons. And there’s a reason for that.”

"The highest privilege and greatest honor in pastoring is not standing in the church pulpit but praying by the hospital bed." - Challies

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