Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.
Some years ago, I started a list of things I have learned over the years of my life and ministry. These are practical tips, lessons, and principles.
I posted this list on my blog. Later, I published the list in a chapter of my book, “On Preaching.”
I want to share and comment on some of these things I learned along the way, particularly some that relate to the work of preaching. (God willing, I will share further tips from this list in future episodes.)
Here are ten things I’ve learned along the way…
- Faithful preaching does not guarantee church growth.
- There are no better minds, only better libraries.
- Nothing is as good as it seems, and nothing is as bad as it seems.
- The power is in the pulpit. Change does not happen by your shrew leadership. It happens by faithful preaching of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- Do not be afraid to repeat sermon material. Most of your members do not remember what you said. And those who do still need to be reminded.
- The command to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5) was given to a pastor.
- Our goal in preaching should be to light a torch, not fill a bucket.
- Aaron may have been more “spiritual” than Moses. And Joshua may have been a better leader. But the Lord put the rod in Moses’ hand.
- Preaching can get you into trouble. And preaching can get you out of trouble.
- Dig your own wells, so you will not have to steal other people’s water.
“When I pass a day without preaching my Master’s name I feel that I have not done what I ought to have done, and I do not rest satisfied till I am within the four boards of the pulpit again.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
- BOOK | On Preaching by H.B. Charles Jr.
- BOOK | On Pastoring by H.B. Charles Jr.
- BOOK | It Happens After Prayer by H.B. Charles Jr.
- BOOK | The Difference Jesus Makes by H.B. Charles Jr.
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