The craft of preaching

This issue of Equipper examines the craft of preaching, concludes Cathy Deddo's essay, and provides RCL-synced sermons for April. From Greg: Preach with passion Greg Williams urges us to preach passionate, Christ-centered sermons. Key concepts in preaching Dan Rogers offers advice on ways to faithfully preach the Word of God. Preaching with the lectionary Ted Johnston lists advantages of aligning our sermons with the RCL. Resources for preachers Here are links to various resources that help preachers grow. Video for starting the church service Here is a video for congregations to use in starting the worship service. Videos for Holy Week Here are videos that could be used for call-to-worship in services on Palm... Read the article

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Preaching with the lectionary

This article is from GCI Equipper editor, Ted Johnston. [caption id="attachment_7170" align="alignright" width="158"] Ted Johnston[/caption] A challenge faced by all preachers is choosing the passage of Scripture (pericope) they will preach from. In GCI, we urge preachers to choose one or more of the passages specified for each week in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). An important and helpful feature of the RCL is the way it tracks with the Christian worship ("liturgical") calendar. Here is a related comment from Fuller Studio (part of Fuller Theological Seminary): The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas), to transcendence (Epiphany), to lament (Lent),... Read the article

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Key concepts in preaching

This article is from Dr. Dan Rogers who teaches a course in preaching at Grace Communion Seminary. [caption id="attachment_7726" align="alignright" width="164"] Dan Rogers[/caption] Why do people attend church? The reasons vary, but for many, the primary reason is to hear the Word of God. How is it that God's Word is heard at church? Is it not through the Living Word, through the Spirit, through the Bible and, hopefully, through the preacher? The preacher is called upon to preach and to be the mediator of “the very words of God” (1 Pet. 4:11). The congregants come hoping to hear words from God through the preacher that will somehow help them draw closer to God. They come to be edified, to be encouraged, and to find help with... Read the article

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From Greg: Preach with passion

Dear Pastors and Ministry Leaders, [caption id="attachment_5219" align="alignright" width="193"] Greg and Susan Williams[/caption] This issue of GCI Equipper looks at the craft of preaching. Like many of you reading this, I love to preach---I love the challenge of taking a passage of Scripture and finding ways to share the gospel. I enjoy doing so in ways that make the gospel relevant---showing how God’s Word is alive; helping others grow deeper in their relationship with our Triune God. As we think about the craft of preaching, it's important to remember that we are called to preach, not merely teach. Whereas teaching involves imparting knowledge through instruction, preaching involves proclaiming the gospel with passion. As... Read the article

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