Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry

Lexham Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781683592082
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Overview

The eleventh commandment for preachers is “Be clear!” This book offers 55 workable guidelines on how this exhortation can be heeded to help with communication and preaching skills.

This volume is a collection of some of the best of the hundreds of Preaching Points that the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has produced. Preaching Points is a weekly podcast that features conversations on preaching by Haddon Robinson, Jeffrey Arthurs, Matthew Kim, and Patricia Batten—all members of the preaching faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton campus.

This book offers diverse topics based upon on how they relate to preaching—the preacher’s spiritual life, the way to preach, the way to live life as preachers, their role as a preacher, considerations for listeners, and so forth.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Preach the Big Idea
  • Go to the Bible to Hear God Speak
  • Soak Yourself in the Text
  • Being Biblical and Contemporary Is the Art of Christian Communication
  • Speaking Truth to People Takes Moral Courage
  • We Need Scholarly Evangelists and Evangelistic Scholars
  • Sermon Preparation Is Twenty Hours of Prayer
  • Match the Mood of the Text
  • Give Your Listeners the Opportunity to Respond to the Message
  • Make Preaching a Priority
  • Guard Your Sermon Preparation Time
  • Preach the Principle
  • Drain the Liquid
  • Interrupt Your Preaching Plan
  • Don’t Just Get Feedback, Get Feedforward
  • A Wise Leader Works Exercise into His or Her Schedule
  • Lay Hold of the Bible Until the Bible Lays Hold of You
  • Use Your Introduction to Set Up the Body of the Message
  • The Essence of Good Preaching is Unity, Order, and Progress
  • Diversify Your Illustrations
  • Conclusions Should Come to a Burning Focus
  • It Doesn’t All Depend on You
  • Preach as a Dying Man to Dying Men
  • Be Yourself When You Preach
  • Mobilize Your Language and Send It Into Battle
  • The Better You Know Yourself, the Better You Can Serve God in the Situation in Which God Has Placed You
  • Feed My Lambs, Not Feed My Giraffes
  • Preach to the Outer Edges
  • In Our Preaching, Less Is More
  • Remember the ERP Factor
  • Preach “We” More Than “You”
  • Study Your Listeners
  • Paper Is a Poor Conductor of Heat
  • Effective Preachers Exegete the Bible and Their People
  • Observant Preachers Make Insightful Preachers
  • Adapt to Genderlects
  • Preach to One Person at a Time
  • People-Pleasing Puts the Pulpit in Peril
  • Preach to Those You Want to Come
  • Take a Survey of Who’s Listening
  • Gentleness Isn’t for Wimps
  • Preach about Money
  • We Need Reminders
  • Good Preachers Own Wastebaskets and Use Them
  • You Need Ten “‘Atta Boys” for Every One “You Jerk”
  • Go to the Balcony
  • Praise Your Listeners Before Correcting Them
  • Give Your Listeners Verse Numbers
  • Pastors are Soul-Watchers
  • Preachers Can Create a Culture
  • Strengthen Yourself in the Lord
  • The Disease of Modern Preaching Is Its Search After Popularity
  • Guest Preaching Doesn’t Have to Be a Guessing Game
  • Pastors are Preachers and Preachers are Pastors
  • A Crown Awaits Elders Who Lead Well

Product Details

  • Title: Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry
  • Editor: Scott M. Gibson
  • Contributors: Haddon W. Robinson, Jeffrey D. Arthurs, Patricia M. Batten, and Matthew D. Kim
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 136
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5.25x7.75
  • ISBN: 9781683592082

About Scott M. Gibson

Scott M. Gibson (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is The Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching; Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching; Director of Th.M. Program in Preaching; and Director of the A.J. Gordon Guild at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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