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#152 | Elements of a Sermon [PODCAST]

February 19, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. What is a sermon? A sermon is the declaration of a biblical message. Declared - spoken rather than written Biblical - based on a biblical text, theme, or topic Message - a singular unit of thought with purpose, unity, and movement. What are the elements of a sermon? Introduction Proposition Transition Explanation Argumentation Application Illustration Conclusion Invitation In the church, preaching is that holy half hour each week when the assembly of the redeemed closes her collective mouth, opens her ear and heart,...
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#151 | 25 Tips for Using Sermon Illustrations Effectively [PODCAST]

February 19, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you to preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, H.B. gives 25 tips for using sermon illustrations effectively... Purposeful Illustrations  Strategic Illustrations  Personal Illustrations  Transparent Illustrations  Discreet Illustrations  Historical Illustrations  Biblical Illustrations Contemporary Illustrations  Pastoral Illustrations  Relatable Illustrations  Visual Illustrations  Real-world  Factual Illustrations   Credited Illustrations  Interesting Illustrations  Diverse Illustrations Detailed Illustrations  Brief Illustrations  Simple Illustrations  Creative Illustrations  Humorous Illustrations  Appropriate Illustrations  Practical Illustrations  Authorized illustrations  Prepared Illustrations  You may build up laborious definitions and explanations and yet leave your hearers in the dark as to your meaning;...
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Working Together through Growing Pains | Acts 6:1-7

February 19, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
A disgruntled reader wrote the editor of his local newspaper, arguing that the paper was not what it used to be. The editor replied, “It never was.”   The same can be said about the church. In a real sense, the church at its birth was the church at its best. But we should not look back wistfully for some non-existent “golden age” of the church. The church has never been perfect. It will not be perfect until the Lord presents it to himself without spot or blemish. Until then, the church is in the process of becoming. We are reformed and being reformed. The Lord is building his church. But we must work together through our growing...
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Walking Together in Spiritual Unity | Ephesians 4:1-6

February 11, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
In the late 1800s, a small church in Mayfield County, Kentucky, had two deacons who hated each other. One Sunday, one of those deacons nailed a small wooden peg to the back wall for the pastor to hang his hat. When the other deacon saw the peg, he was outraged that he had not been consulted. An argument ensued, and the members took sides. The church split was called the Anti-Peg Baptist Church.  Some things we laugh at because they’re funny.  Some things we laugh at because they’re true.  Some things we laugh at to keep from crying.  Churches fight, split, and die because of congregational conflict. There are...
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The Church at Its Best | Acts 2:42-47

February 4, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Acts 2 records the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost. As the disciples prayed in the Upper Room, the sound of hurricane-force winds swept through Jerusalem. Investigating the sound, the crowd found the disciples praising God in languages they had not learned.  The crowd dismissed the disciples as drunk. Then Peter arose and addressed the crowd. The disciples were not drunk but filled with the Holy Spirit. He proclaimed that Jesus – whom they crucified but God raised from the dead – was the Messiah. Cut to the heart, the people repented of their sins and trusted Christ for salvation. Acts 2:41 says, “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:42-47 picks up the story. It is a summary of...
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The Believer’s Secret Weapon | Ephesians 6:18

January 21, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Some Christians are known as “prayer warriors.” They may not hold any church title, office, or position. Yet they are easy to identify. They are the ones members go to when they need prayer. It is good for the church to have members who are devoted to prayer and know how to get a prayer through. But this designation should not be for an elite group that is specially trained in warfare prayer. Every Christian is to be a prayer warrior. That is the message of Ephesians 6:18.  Ephesians 6:10-20 is the most clear and comprehensive statement about spiritual warfare in the Bible. The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. If you live for Christ, Satan will fight back. Ephesians 6:10-13 calls us to combat readiness: “Finally,...
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A Ministry of Prayer | Colossians 4:12-13

January 8, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Before electricity, a famous musician performed a sold-out concert on a pump organ. After the concert, the young man who pumped the organ said to the musician, “We had a great concert tonight, didn’t we?” “We did not have anything,” replied the offended maestro. “I had a great performance.” Nothing happened the following evening when the musician began to tickle the keys. He kept playing, waiting for the sound of music, but to no avail. The musician finally went behind the organ and asked the young man, “What’s going on?” He replied, “It looks like you’re not having a performance tonight!”  That...
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#150 | My New Year Preaching Resolutions [PODCAST]

January 4, 2024
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, H.B. shares several of his new year preaching resolutions to grow in his pulpit ministry in 2024. To be more prayerful in my sermon preparation. I recognize the vital role prayer plays in sermon preparation. For this reason, I desire to be even more prayerful in my word-work for pulpit ministry. To finish my sermon preparation earlier in the week. I have been committed to starting my sermon preparation as early as possible. I now want to be more diligent...
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Hope to Face Any Situation | Romans 15:13

December 31, 2023
By H.B. Charles Jr.
A small town was selected for the site of a hydroelectric plant. A dam would be built across the nearby river, submerging the city. When the project was announced, the citizens were given ample time to arrange their affairs and relocate. During those months, a curious thing happened. Home improvements, neighborhood upkeep, and infrastructure repairs ceased. The city looked and felt abandoned long before the citizens moved away, and the waters came. One resident explained: “When there is no hope for the future, there is no power in the present.”  That’s a life lesson worth remembering: Hope for tomorrow produces strength for today. There are three types of people. Some have no hope. Circumstances have made them downcast, defeated, discouraged, depressed, and desperate....
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#149 | Preach the Truth [PODCAST]

December 27, 2023
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, H.B. issues a challenge to preach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Preach divine truth. The preacher is called to be a message for God. This is a wonderful privilege and an awesome responsibility. Preach as one who will give account to God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Preach biblical truth. God has spoken through his word. Scripture is breathed out by God. It is our responsibility to preach scripture as the divine revelation from God...
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The Cradle That Rocked The World | Luke 2:1-7

December 25, 2023
By H.B. Charles Jr.
In 1865, William Ross Wallace wrote a poem entitled “What Rules the World.” It was an ode to the power of motherhood to influence society. The poem is largely forgotten. But its refrain remains a commonly quoted proverb: “For the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” No one would argue with Wallace’s sentiments. But there is one great exception. The birth of Jesus is the cradle that rocked the world. Luke 2 records the birth of Jesus. In Chapter 1, angels predict the miraculous births of Jesus and John the Baptist. But these relatives will not be peers. Their births reveal that Jesus was greater than John. Chapter 1 records the birth of John...
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The Birth of the King | Isaiah 9:6-7

December 21, 2023
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Assyria was quickly becoming the world’s superpower. Its conquering armies threatened all of the ancient Near East. However, Assyria’s growing power was not the result of political skill, military dominance, or economic strength. It was divine intervention. The Lord raised up Assyria to execute judgment on his unrepentant people. Resin of Syria and Pekah of Israel sought to establish a treaty with Ahaz of Judah, hoping their coalition of nations would stave off the armies of Assyria. Ahaz refused to participate. So Pekah and Resin turned against Ahaz.  This political intrigue is the occasion of our text. The armies of Assyria were on their way. Judah’s...