3 Types of Preachers

I have two fundamental goals for every sermon I preach. First of all, I strive to be faithful to the text of scripture. Likewise, I strive to be clear in my presentation of the message. I was in a recent conversation with a fellow pastor about these pulpit goals. He agreed with my philosophy. Then added, “Well, you know […]

Little Screens and Corporate Worship

My local theater has a new “Silence Your Cell Phones” announcement. It states that you came to the theater to enjoy what is on the big screen. And you should not allow the little screen on your cell phone to make you forget what you came to see on the big screen. This is not […]

Change the Way You Walk! | Ephesians 4:17-24

Yesterday, I continued my resumed study of Ephesians with a message from Ephesians 4:17-24: “Change the Way You Walk!” 

The point of the message was that to be a Christian is to adopt a radical way of life. You cannot walk worthy of the calling to which you have been called (4:1) if you continue to walk in the ways of those who do not know God (4:17).

Ephesians 4:17-19 teaches two steps to take to change the way you walk:

I. Forsake the way of sin (4:17-19).

A. The problem of sin is a matter of the mind (vv. 17-18a).

B. The problem of sin is a matter of the heart (vv. 18b-19).

II. Pursue the way of Christ (4:20-24).

A. To be saved is to learn Christ (vv. 20-21).

1. Christ is the subject matter (v. 20).

2. Christ is the master Teacher (v. 21a).

3. Christ is the learning environment (v. 21b).

B. To be saved is to live for Christ (vv. 22-24).

1. Put off your old self (v. 22).

2. Renew your mind (v. 23).

3. Put on the new self (v. 24).

This coming Sunday, I plan to preach Ephesians 4:25-32, in which Paul teaches that taking off the old self and putting on the new self is clearly evidenced by how we treat one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for my sermon preparation this week.

 

GUEST POST: Being a Preacher Means Being a Learner

The following is a guest post written by Kevin Smith, Teaching Pastor at the Highview Baptist Church and preaching professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – both in Louisville, Kentucky. Some preachers are not effective because they are unprepared. Faithful, biblical preaching is hard work, which requires preparation. Part (not all) of that preparation […]

#FreeGospelMusic

I first saw the expression while riding down Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. The “Godfather of Soul” had been arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through several states. As “the hardest working man in show business” sat in prison, some enterprising brother found a way to profit from his troubles. He stood on […]

Becoming a Grown Up Church | Ephesians 4:11-16

I am finally making it back to my study of Ephesians today. I stopped in chapter 4 at the end of 2014. I have preached other texts as we transitioned to one church in two locations this year. But I am excited about finishing Ephesians.

I am preaching a message today entitled “Becoming a Grown Up Church” from Ephesians 4:11-16.

The point of the message is that healthy churches are growing churches.

Ephesians 4:11-16 teach us the process and purpose of becoming a grown up church…

I. The Process of Becoming a Grown Up Church (4:11-13)

A. The church grows through spiritual gifts (v. 11).

B. The church grows by mutual service (v. 12).

C. The church grows for eternal glory (v. 13).

1. A call to spiritual unity.

2. A call to spiritual maturity.

3. A call to spiritual conformity.

II. The Purpose of Becoming a Grown Up Church (4:14-16)

A. A Doctrinally Sound Church (v. 14)

B. A Spiritually Mature Church (v. 15)

C. A Mutually Equipped Church (v 16)

Pray for the worship services at the Shiloh Church today. Pray that I would preach faithfully and clearly. Pray that much fruit will come from the planting and watering of the good seed of God’s word.

#023: Tips for Planning Your Preaching [PODCAST]

This is episode #023 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. This is a follow-up from episode #022: 7 Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Preaching. In this episode, I give basic tips and steps for planning your preaching. Here are five basic tips for planning […]

James E. Washington Interview

James E. Washington is the Senior Pastor of the historic Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church in Dayton, Ohio – where he has served for the last twenty years. Under his leadership, Phillips Temple has grown to be one of the largest and most influential congregations in his denomination. Jimmy Washington is also faithful preacher, with a […]