Today’s Sermon: “Celebrating the Majesty of God” (Psalm 8)

It’s the Lord’s Day!

Today, at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, I plan to continue our Summer Psalm Series with a message from Psalm 8, entitled, “Celebrating the Majesty of God.” The message of this brief but beautiful psalm is that all of creation is a call to worship the greatness and goodness of God.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! - Psalm 8:1a, 9 (ESV)

Join us for worship at the Shiloh Church at 7:45 or 10:30 AM (EST). Both services will be streamed lived. 

Saturday Shout-Outs: VBS, Wichita, & Ministry Links

Thanks for reading my blog. Here are my Saturday Shout-Outs for this week.

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A big shout-out to the Shiloh Church staff and volunteers for serving our children this week during the 2014 Vacation Bible School. You make it happen!

Shout-out to Pastor Terrance Floyd and the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church of Wichita, KA. It was a blast to have the opportunity to preach to you again. This congregation is twelve years old. And I have had the joy of preaching to them ten of those years.

Two nights of the meeting, a local pastor named Kent brought young men from his church to hear me. He knew of me through links on Tim Challies’ site. Thanks Kent for your prayers and encouragement.

Hope to see you at the SBTS Expositors Summit – October 29-31, 2014. 

There will also be a pre-conference: “Tell Your Story”: Expositional Preaching in the African-American Church

CIS-Conf-logo-20142The Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference is a little more than two months away. It will be held September 24-26, 2024, in Jacksonville, Florida. This three-day event will teach, model, and promote expository preaching and teaching. It is designed for pastors, associate ministers, and Sunday School teachers. All are welcome. Register today. And bring a friend.

Click here for more information about the scheduled speakers for Cutting It Straight.  

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Do you have any shout-outs or ministry links to share? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

Scheduled Speakers for Cutting It Straight

I believe expository preaching is the most faithful way to preach and teach the word of God.

Expository preaching is that preaching that explains what the text of scripture means by what it says. It makes the God-intended meaning of the text the primary message of the sermon or lesson. Bible exposition lets the word of God speak for itself.

On September 24-26, 2014, the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference will meet to teach, model, and promote expository preaching and teaching.

This conference is for pastors, associate ministers, and Sunday School teachers, whether you are a season preacher or new minister. It is for anyone who wants to know how to rightly handle the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15), or who wants to hear and understand Bible exposition.

I am excited about the scheduled speakers for Cutting It Straight. They are faithful preachers and teachers of the word that will help you to cut it straight!

Click here for more information about Cutting It Straight

Register today for Cutting It Straight. Invite a friend or colleague to join you. Meet us in Jacksonville, September 24-26, as a new tribe of faithful Bible expositors emerges to cut it straight to the glory of God!

#006: Developing Sermon Skeletons [PODCAST]

This is Episode #006 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

In this episode, we will talk about developing Sermons Skeletons.

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What is a Sermon Skeleton

A Sermon Skeleton is a written statement of your sermon’s details, purpose, and structure.

Why should you develop a Sermon Skeleton

  •  It will force you to think about what you want to say.
  • It will bring focus to your message.
  • It will give clarity to your message.
  • It will provide a frame to form your message around.
  • It will help you to memorize your message.

What should be included in a Sermon Skeleton?

  • Title
  • Text
  • Doctrinal Theme
  • Point (The Big Idea) 
  • Objectives
  • Transitional Sentence
  • Outline 

Questions

So what do you think? Do you use some type of Sermon Skeleton? If not, what bridge do you use to get from exegetical study to sermon preparation? 

Recommended Resources

Announcements

CIS-Conf-logo-20142I hope to see you September 24-26, 2014 for the inaugural Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference in Jacksonville, FL. The goal of this train, model, and promote Bible exposition in teaching and preaching. We have great speakers and lecturers scheduled. And we are planning for your leave with useful tools to help you grow proclaiming the word of God. Register today.

Click here to find out more about Cutting It Straight

A QUOTE ON PREACHING: Seminarians think that a little Hebrew mixed with a little Greek, seasoned with theology and Bible, and served on a homiletical plate constitute preaching and comprise the elements of a preacher. Wrong! Seminary trains the mind, but suffering trains the soul. – Alex Montoya, Preaching with Passion, p. 104

Feedback

If you an idea for a podcast episode, question to ask, or any feedback from what you have read or heard, leave a message for me in the comments section.

To the right of this page, there is a SEND VOICEMAIL tab. This application is for the podcast. By clicking the tab, you can leave me a question or comment that may appear in a future episode of the podcast. Give me your name and city – and your church, if you like – and ask a brief, clear question. I would love to dialogue with you!

Thanks again for listening.

A Morning Prayer by John R.W. Stott

Good morning heavenly Father, good morning Lord Jesus, good morning Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, I worship you as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and Lord of the world. Holy Spirit I worship you, Sanctifier of the people of God. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons in one God, have mercy upon me. Amen.

Saturday Shout-Outs: EKBPC, Brunson, & Ministry Links

Good day! And thanks for reading my blog. Saturday Shout-Outs is my weekly bulletin board of things I find helpful to share.

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photoThe 2014 E.K. Bailey Preaching Conference was fantastic! The theme was Preaching 360: Old Testament Edition, which focused on helping preachers properly deal with the different genres of the Old Testament.

It was a joy to hear great preaching and teaching from Bryan Carter, Steven J. Lawson, William Curtis, Kevin Smith, Chuck Fuller, L.A. Kessee, and many others.

This year, the conference honored my pastor, Melvin V. Wade Sr., as a living legend. And it was honor to pay tribute to my pastor, who has been a father to my wife and I for our entire marriage.

A big shout-out to our conference host, Pastor Bryan Carter, and the Concord Church, for the great sacrifice you make annual to host this meeting and serve attendees in such a wonderful way. We can’t for next year’s conference!

CIS-Conf-logo-20142You still have time register and make plans to attend the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference in Jacksonville, September 24-26, 2014. We plan to focus on the basics of expository preaching – providing help in both Bible exegesis and sermon preparation. It will be three days of model expositional preaching, practical breakout sessions, engaging panel discussions, and wonderful fellowship around the word of God. All are welcome! Hope to see you there.

NOTICE: The next episode of The On Preaching Podcast will be broadcast on Tuesday (July 15, 2014).

Check out my new interview with Dr. Mac Brunson here.

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When you choose a seminary,  you choose a faculty. – John Piper

Do you have any shout-outs or ministry links to share? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

Mac Brunson Interview

UnknownMac Brunson is the Pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

We are neighbors, as the Shiloh Church is only five blocks from FBCJAX. Since my arrival in Jacksonville, Dr. Brunson has been a friend and brother to me. His prayers, gospel partnership, and encouragement has meant more than words can express.

I have had the wonderful privilege of preaching at the JAX Pastors’ Conference the past two years. And Dr. Brunson has preached for us as Shiloh. He is also scheduled to be with us for the upcoming Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference.

You should read Mac Brunson’s books, The New Guidebook for Pastors and Why Churches Die.

I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Brunson about his personal testimony, ministry philosophy, and pulpit work. I had a blast interviewing Dr. Brunson. And I trust you will be helped by watching our conversation.

Enjoy!

Did you find this interview helpful? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

Saturday Shout-Outs: Independence Day, E.K. Bailey, & Ministry Links

Happy Independence Day! I hope you are having a blessed and safe holiday weekend. 

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We are praying for Pastor Breonus M. Mitchell, his family and congregation, and he celebrates the homegoing of his beloved wife today. Also praying for my brother, Kevin Willis, as he preaches the message in the funeral.

The 2014 E.K. Bailey Preach Conference is next week (July 7-10, 2014), hosted by my friend, Pastor Bryan Carter. Hope to see you there. Thank God for Dr. E.K. Bailey! 

I am honored and excited to participate in the 2014 SBTS Expositors Summit (October 28-30, 2014).

Make sure you check out this week episode of The On Preaching Podcast, as we discuss finding time to study.

CIS-Conf-logo-20142Let me invite you to the very first Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference that will be held at the Shiloh Church in Jacksonville, September 24-26, 2014. It will be 3 days of preaching and teaching to train, model, and promote Bible exposition. It is for the seasoned pastor, new preacher, or Sunday School teacher. All are welcome. I am also excited that we will give away more to resources to all registrants! Register for Cutting It Straight today and bring a friend!

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 Nothing is more powerful than the Lord; nothing is more steadfast than his reign; nothing is more sure than his revelation. – The MacArthur Study Bible, p. 816

Do you have any shout-outs or ministry links to share? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

#005: Finding Time For Study [PODCAST]

This is episode #005 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

In this episode, we will discuss the crucial matter of finding and guarding sermon preparation time.

Time-management

The supreme work of the Christian minister is the work of preaching. This is a day in which one of our great perils is that of doing a thousand little things to the neglect of the one thing, which is preaching. – C. Campbell-Morgan

Here are 7 recommendations I would give for finding time to study. 

  1. Plan ahead.
  2. Schedule your study time. 
  3. Steal time. 
  4. Study when it’s time to study. 
  5. Educate your people. 
  6. Practice intentional neglect. 
  7. Delegate.

A BONUS POINT: View sermon preparation as spiritual warfare. Translation: Do whatever you have to do to prepare yourself and your message for preaching!

Questions

So what do you think? How do you find time to study? What do you think about the recommendations I shared? How long does it take you to prepare a message? What do you do to guard your study time? 

Announcements

Thank God for Dr. E.K. Bailey!

 

Episode Resources

A QUOTE ON PREACHING: “I don’t need fifteen hours to prepare a sermons. I can prepare a sermon in half an hour. I need fifteen hours to understand the text with clarity. It’s hard to get to the point of clarity. You have to be driven to understand it. But, if you step into the pulpit with a substantially clear grasp of the biblical concept, it has a profound effect on how you preach.” – John F. MacArthur, Jr.

Feedback

If you an idea for a podcast episode, question to ask, or any feedback from what you have read or heard, leave a message for me in the comments section.

To the right of this page, there is a SEND VOICEMAIL tab. This application is for the podcast. By clicking the tab, you can leave me a question or comment that may appear in a future episode of the podcast. Give me your name and city – and your church, if you like – and ask a brief, clear question. I would love to dialogue with you!

Thanks again for listening.

Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

This is one of my life verses. The goal of my life is to please God. And the goal of my ministry is to do my work well and to rightly handle the word of truth.

But I know I am not by myself in these goals. There is a growing tribe of preachers – young and old – who have a fresh determination and unwavering commitment to cut it straight when they preach and teach.

I want to invite you to join me for the first Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference.

What is Cutting It Straight all about?

Cutting It Straight is a 3-day event designed to train, model, and promote expository preaching that explains what the word of God means and exhorts the hearer to live out the teachings of our faith.

This conference will consist of expository preaching, lectures on Bible exposition, practical breakout sessions on both Bible exegesis and sermon construction, and stimulating panel discussions about preaching.

We are not trying to compete with any other conference. To the contrary, I think there are not enough conferences that promote Bible exposition. Cutting It Straight is a partner with the other conferences around the country that are working to promote faithful Bible exposition.

When will Cutting It Straight take place?

It’s Wednesday through Friday, September 24-26, 2014. All sessions will be held at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, downtown Jacksonville, FL.

Who should attend Cutting It Straight?

We are intentional about placing “Expository Preaching” in the conference title. We unapologetically want this conference to be about Bible exposition. Nothing else. But you do not have to be a pastor with weekly preaching responsibilities to attend.

  • Cutting It Straight is for anyone who wants to better understand or practice Bible exposition.
  • Cutting It Straight is for the student of Bible exposition who wants to sharpen his skills.
  • Cutting It Straight is for the seasoned preacher who wants to be challenged to keeping growing.
  • Cutting it Straight is for the new preacher who is still trying to figure out what biblical preaching and teaching is all about.
  • Cutting It Straight is for Sunday School teachers and small-group leaders.
  • Cutting It Straight is for diligent Bible students who want to improve his or her personal Bible study.
  • Cutting It Straight is for the Christian who wants to hear faithful preaching and teaching of the word of God.

Who will be speaking at Cutting It Straight?

I am excited about the speakers who are scheduled to be with us for Cutting It Straight!

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  • Karen Waddles – Pastor’s wife, book publisher, and conference speaker.

How can I get more information about Cutting It Straight?

CIS Conf logo 2014For more information or to register for Cutting It Straight, go to www.cutstraight.org.

We have made this conference as affordable as possible. And we want you to leave with more than information. So expect to leave with books and other resources that will help you to cut it straight.

I hope to see you at Cutting It Straight!

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